John Broder hits the nail on the head in his assessment of why the UNFCCC process is largely failing to deliver real results, year after year (via NY Times)
"Effectively addressing climate change will require over the coming decades a fundamental remaking of energy production, transportation and agriculture around the world — the sinews of modern life. It is simply too big a job for those who have gathered for these talks under the 1992 United Nations treaty that began this grinding process."
Broder even does that summary one better, with this line I never thought I'd see in a major newspaper:
"...the question of 'climate equity' — the obligations of rich nations to help poor countries cope with a problem they had no part in creating — is more than an “environmental” issue."