World waits for a decision in Cancun

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Going Green in Cancun, Cancun, Mexico

Environmental group Oxfam used a sand sculpture to appeal to U.N. delegates for an agreement to help the poor in developing nations on December 10, 2010.

On the final day of the 16th Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the atmosphere in Cancun has changed.

I have been here for 14 days, and every day the number of emails and the number of Tweets on Twitter has increased.

Not today.

The 30-40 emails per night have ceased. The Twitter "fail whale" has yet to breach this morning.

The delegates met long into the night last night, and it's not expected to be any different today. Observers are still hoping for a set of agreements that will lead to a legally binding protocol in Durban South Africa next year. With still no agreement on major points and Russia joining Japan in opposition to a continuation of the Kyoto Protocol that was agreed to in 1997, no one expects a legally binding agreement this year.

This first appeared on Dec. 10, 2010, on Going Green in Cancun.