The turbulance continues in drafting. What to do with a Kyoto agreement that the world committed to but that the USA never ratified -Bush administration withdrew commitment- has become the biggest hurdle to a deal. Boycotting/ walking out of meetings seems to have become the most popular negotiating tactic for the developing countries to leverage. I understand the frustration but the timeline is shrinking very quickly and every negotiating minute lost due to tantrums and boycotts is critical. That said, the Kyoto issue is key as it remains the only legally binding document that the world has in place. But the world's largest emitter (US) should be a primary signatory on anything coming out so merging the two negotiating tracks holds the highest hopes for now. Sorry if this is confusing but now that I am sans computer, my thumbs are struggling to be as articulate as hands via the iphone :).
Bottom-line is that we are coming down to the wire and we should be much further along. The heads of state begin to arrive tomorrow so lets hope that the momentum picks back up.
If you'd like a very good glimpse of where the tension between the large developed countries and the smaller vulnerable nations is rooted, this response to an early plea from Papa New Guinea captures the dynamic well: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDcFHonH9Uk
Send some positive vibes towards Copenhagen.....future generations are relying on success in the present.