photo by Bill Benson (kilroy238 on Flickr CC)

This week the final UN climate talks leading up to the summit in Cancun Mexico will be held in Tianjin, China, a large manufacturing city of over 12 million people.

In the aftermath of a failed climate summit in Copenhagen last December, hope for any binding treaty between nations is slim. Kyoto part 2 seems like a politically impossible pipedream. Good news for the fossil fuel industry, bad news for most everyone else. If we believe the scientists, that is.

From a Reuters article:

Scientists say the world is on track for temperatures to rise well beyond 2 degrees Celsius, risking greater weather extremes like this year’s floods in Pakistan and drought in Russia.

The head of the IPCC is not exactly fanning the flames of hope.

From a BBC News report:

Let me be clear – there is no magic bullet, no one climate agreement that will solve everything right now. To expect that is naive. However, I am certain the world can do this step by step, but only if we keep on walking firmly in the right direction, including at Cancun.

– Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Yet activists soldier on….