Climate talks at Durban have failed to reach agreement on targets to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Hopes for this summit were never high. There was a brief glimmer yesterday, when India and China seemed to be open to language that would set the stage for a global agreement.
The U.S. balked - and the talks fell apart.
That's not to say that climate delegates from around the world don't understand the magnitude of the problem.
From the draft text of the summit's Durban Mandate:
"Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and that this requires to be urgently addressed"
"noting with grave concern the significant gap" between what countries are willing to pledge, versus what is really needed...
But even with that understanding, in the end, it seems that nothing meaningful will be done.
And so we are left with this: Grenada minister Karl Hood implores the world to cap the rise in global temperature at 1.5C.
"If they're saying that 1.5 isn't possible, are you asking us then to accept annihilation?"
12/8/11: Grenada environment minister and AOSIS chair Karl Hood responds to a reporter who says climate scientists believe it is impossible to keep global warming below 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, which threatens the future inhabitability of the small island states of the world. "If they're saying that 1.5 isn't possible, are you asking us then to accept annihilation?"