They can't even extend the Kyoto protocols.
At the climate talks on Tuesday, the Associated Press reports, a number of wealthy nations including Japan, Russia and Canada have joined the ranks of the U.S.—which never agreed to the original pact—and "refused to endorse the extension," reducing sole remaining backers to the "European Union and Australia and several smaller countries, which together account for less than 15 percent of global emissions."
At the end of another lavishly-funded U.N. conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair.
"Science is demanding immediate and drastic action," Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, told Reuters. "Policy, economics and financing cannot move in drastic fashion."