The temperature in Cancun is hotting up

It’s the last day of the UN climate negotiations here in Mexico.

I can hardly believe that two weeks of speculation, intrigue and haggling are now drawing to a close.

Our team arrived at Moon Palace earlier than usual this morning to find out what’s been happening overnight. Ministers have been negotiating frantically around the clock to try to reach agreement on key issues.

The latest news to emerge is that Russia has followed Japan and refused to sign up to a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. This means it refuses to be bound by targets that are set in line with science.

We’re hearing that other rich countries are proving just as bad in blocking progress.

It’s vital that developing countries cut their emissions. Yet while little progress has been made on agreeing new targets, rich countries are pushing to weaken measures in other areas, like protecting forests.  

Rushing to seal a flawed deal now is dangerous, especially on key issues such as forests and setting up a Global Climate Fund. The wrong deal could lock us into a plan too weak to prevent a catastrophic rise in average global temperature.

And smaller developing countries could be bullied into accepting something not up to the job of preventing dangerous climate change - leaving vulnerable people facing its worst impacts.

It’s little wonder these countries are fighting tooth and nail to make sure that doesn’t happen.

Sign our anti-bullying petition asking the USA to stop pressuring developing countries to agree to a weak deal.

I’ll update you with the latest news as we hear it.

Henry Rummins is a communications and media officer at Friends of the Earth. He's reporting from the climate talks in Cancun as part of the Friends of the Earth International delegation.