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Progress towards an international agreement on tackling climate change has been painfully slow, dogged by fundamental disagreements between the countries involved and exacerbated by the financial crisis.
The 194 countries that will meet in Doha often have diametrically opposed interests and points of view. Blocking progress is ridiculously easy. Many of the differences between countries revolve around the concept of historic responsibility. Little is expected of the upcoming COP 18 meeting in Doha, so is it time to abandon the idea of a climate treaty altogether?