After years of planning and two weeks of intensive debate and wrangling whether these talks have achieved any success or not depends on which newspaper you read or which politician you listen to.

During the years of preparation the aim seemed to be that we would walk away from Copenhagen with a clearly defined plan to combat climate change. Every country would contribute in some way, the richest paying the most and it would all be legally binding. The stage was carefully set and when the leaders arrived, led by Gordon Brown, it was to be a glorious day and the world would be saved. I wonder if anyone anywhere has totted up the total cost of this whole process in money, time and emissions.

What we’ve ended up with is an agreement that we should aim to keep warming below a 2°C rise with no plan or timescale and no legally binding element. There is now the threat of rounds two and three in Berlin and Mexico next year.

What does seem to have been agreed is that rich countries will hand over money to those countries deemed to have been hardest hit by climate change. This will be $30 billion over the next three years and $100 billion a year by 2020.

The US has initially agreed to part with $3.6 billion from 2010 to 2012, Japan will give $11 billion and the EU $10.6 billion.

Some of the smaller countries are now pushing for this flawed deal to be agreed as there is fast track money available for them if they do and they probably figure that this is as much as they can expect to get from it.

It all, as ever, came down to the money. No-one it seems wants to commit their country to emissions cuts or donations to a worldwide climate fund that may turn round and bite them in their economic backside later. Except Gordon Brown who, on the behalf of the UK, seems to want to make us cut more and give more than anyone else. All to get an historic deal and maybe save his job at the next election it seems.

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