Scant progress as UN climate enter final stretch



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LIMA, Peru (AP) — U.N. global warming talks in Lima, Peru, are heading into their last scheduled day with rich and poor countries arguing over the formal pledges on emissions targets they'll present ahead of a key summit in Paris next year.

How to divide the emissions cuts is a major sticking point in the negotiations toward the global climate pact that governments aim to adopt in Paris.

China and other major developing countries oppose plans for a review process so the pledges can be compared against each other before the summit.

Rich countries are resisting demands to include promises of financing to help poor countries tackle climate change.

In a brief visit to the slow-moving negotiations yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry urged governments to stop bickering over who should do what to rein in carbon pollution. Kerry told delegates that the net amount of carbon reduction matters, "not each country's share."

Kerry warns that neglecting to forge an effective plan to fight climate change would be judged a "massive, collective moral failure of historical consequences."

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