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The world is talking in the airconditioned confines of Doha, but nobody expects action that matches the science. Renew Economy's Giles Parkinson reports from Doha.
Here it is: all countries have agreed to negotiate by 2015 a single, legally-binding global agreement that will cover all major carbon pollution emitters including the big guns -- China, India and the United States.
Canada seems to be enjoying its status as the pariah of the Durban climate change talks, reportedly registering a louder cheer in its parliament each time it is awarded a "fossil of the day" award.
For the first time in the history of the international negotiations, Australia can speak with authority and join other nations in taking credible action, writes Erwin Jackson, deputy CEO at Climate Institute.
The UN climate change talks begin today in Durban in much the same way they have since 1995 -- with rhetoric about why the world needs to act but virtually no agreement on how or when.