The gloomy start to the UN Copenhagen climate summit began with global officials playing down the likelihood of a binding deal being reached before even stepping in the conference centre. After three days, a binding deal still looks just as unlikely.
Hopes are still being pinned on the Copenhagen conference that a global consensus can be reached on reducing human greenhouse gas emissions. Hopes were, however, dashed further after press leaks of a memo between industrialised nations appeared to suggest they should be allowed nearly double the emissions of developing countries.
The next best solution would be a political agreement which could translate into a binding international agreement by next year’s meeting in Mexico.