Post-Kyoto 2009 deadline unlikely

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François Cardinal is reporting in La Presse today that delegates at the UN Climate Conference in Poznan, Poland worry that time is running out to replace the Kyoto protocol.  Aside from the financial crisis, part of the problem, it seems, is that President-elect Obama has sent no more than an informal delegation to the Conference.  Key players from the US are absent from the process. Poznan was intended to set the groundwork for an agreement to be finalized in Copenhagen next year. « We won’t see a fully elaborated, long-term agreement in Copenhagen in 2009. It won’t be feasible, » said Yvo de Boer, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  Possibly only « key political issues » might be agreed upon by next year’s deadline.  It’s expected several extra months will be needed to complete the details of the accord, which must then be ratified by member countries, in time for the expiry of Kyoto in 2012.