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Inside the Climate Change Talks
First broadcast November 2007

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In this three part series Mike Williams dips into the delicate negotiations to find a successor to the Kyoto Protocol which expires in 2012.

Over a six month period he tracks international activity in the run up to the United Nations (UN) Summit this December in Bali.

He talks to coal miners in America, subsistence fishermen in the Caribbean, environmental protestors and the people who lobby Congress on behalf of big business to find out who is winning this battle of ideas.

Part Three: India and the USA - an 'Unholy' Alliance

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The US is saying they will only sign up to binding targets if India and other big emitters do. But India says it is emissions are negligible in per capita terms, and tackling poverty through development is the priority. Two nations in an "unholy" alliance, holding out against massive pressure.

In September the UN Sec Gen calls the key leaders together to try to broker progress. President Bush has announced his own parallel track- a meeting of big emitters. Is it another attempt to derail the UN process ?

Mike Williams heads for the UN and joins the D.C. cocktail circuit to watch the diplomatic dance between the big players - the shifting allegiances, the snubs - and assesses the chances of successs in the UN talks on Climate Change.

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