EU takes hardline stance at UN climate talks. Tough stand causes consternation among large developing countries, and discord threatens the future of the Kyoto protocol.

by Fiona Harvey

Europe is taking the toughest negotiating stand it has ever adopted on global warming. At this week’s UN climate talks in Durban, the bloc will depart from decades of “dovish” practice by insisting stiff conditions must be met by China and other developing countries if a global climate treaty is to be arranged.