With just two days to go, this year's international climate negotiations are not going well, to say the least. The coal industry attempted to steal the spotlight, Japan announced that it was no longer going to try to meet its emissions goals, and Poland, the country hosting the talks, fired its environment minister halfway through.
The G77 and China group coordinated the walkout after rich nations, including the U.S. the EU and Australia, refused to debate the issue until 2015. Australia, in particular, was accused of not taking the talks seriously: According to a spokeswoman for Climate Action Network, its delegates "wore T-shirts and gorged on snacks throughout the negotiation."
According to Saleemul Huq, the scientist whose work on loss and damage from extreme climate events helped put the issue on the agenda, "the whole debate went to waste."