Steam rises from the chimneys of the coal power plant in Niederaussem, Germany, on Sunday October 24, 2021.
India, which still relies heavily on coal, also wants poor countries to receive far stronger financial assistance in dealing with climate change and in managing the transition to a low-carbon economy.
In an earlier part of last year, it was warned that rapid climate change occurrences in recent decades are definitely man-made, and that some effects of global warming may already be inevitable.
But several observers who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the confidential nature of the process told the Associated Press late Tuesday that the conversations were still far from concluded, less than 24 hours before publication had concluded.
The low-key meeting was scheduled to conclude Friday, to present to the public Monday the report that the developing world has suffered a much lower atmospheric level of carbon dioxide emissions than the industrialized world, and hence no need to make the same drastic cuts.
India has become a key voice in the report urging recognition that developing countries have much lower carbon dioxide emissions already in the atmosphere than developed countries and do not need to make the same heavy cutbacks.
Others like oil exporter Saudi Arabia argue that fossil fuels will still be needed over the next few decades, and that an excessively rapid exit could hurt the world’s poorest.