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Work Remains After Cancún Conference's Modest Success

Monday, Dec. 13, 2010

CANCÚN, Mexico -- One thing is certain about the COP 16 climate talks in Cancún, Mexico: The summit was not the disaster of last year's affair in Copenhagen. Though binding agreements were never on the table, even critical observers such as Global Witness, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and Greenpeace expressed measured optimism as the conference came to a close at 4 a.m. Saturday morning.

"We hope countries can go back from [Cancún] with momentum to take national action, and with a sense of renewed purpose," said Tara Rao of WWF. ...

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