Splits deepen as UN climate talks near crunch time

  • Partially covered by fog heating plant is seen in Minsk, Belarus, Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018. The two-week U.N. climate meeting COP24 in Poland is intended to finalize details of the 2015 Paris accord on keeping average global temperature increases well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit). (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

KATOWICE, Poland — Divisions deepened at the U.N. climate talks Thursday, pitting rich nations against poor ones, oil exporters against vulnerable island nations, and those governments prepared to act on global warming against those who want to wait and see.