Rolling the dice at Durban

Expectations for a global deal at COP17 swing from mildly hopeful to almost absent. Without it, we are left to rely on commercial competitiveness and national actions to deliver the emissions cuts we need.

In the final week in Durban a sense of frustration is permeating the COP, where aspirations for a global deal remain high, but expectations swing between mildly hopeful and almost absent.

The tone of the Australian delegation is one of determined but checked progress, maintaining there will be positive outcomes on some issues while keeping expectations low.

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