News.com.au trumpets "Poznan agreement" …

… when in fact it’s anything but. It’s basically a wish-list of issues to be negotiated during 2009, and an unwritten edict to everyone involved to keep their fingers, legs, toes and anything else handy firmly crossed for Copenhagen next year.

The agreement overnight sets the stage for a year-long process revolving around two big issues: who should make the biggest sacrifices on curbing greenhouse gases, and how to beef up support for poor countries exposed to climate change.

The talks in Poznan, Poland ended with a two-day ministerial-level gathering that failed to make any big advance on these core issues.

And why should those “big advances” suddenly be made next year, when the issues involved are exactly the same as in Poznan? Wishful thinking.

Read it here.

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