Recent headlines have loudly claimed Australia is "going it alone" by tackling climate change. This is based on two misconceptions, and both are in full flourish as the world’s governments converge for the latest round of climate talks in Durban, South Africa today.

The first is that the UN climate meeting will be a failure if it doesn’t produce an international treaty binding the world’s heaviest polluters to targets to cut pollution. The second is that without an all-encompassing treaty, no country will take its own action.