All eyes will be focused on the U.S. in Cancun. But unlike in Copenhagen, where participants were optimistic that a newly elected, "environmentally friendly" president would ensure success, no such expectations will abound this year.
Sure, it's going to be tough to push countries like the US to take action, but letting them off the hook guarantees failure. De Boer may be tired of pushing countries to raise their ambition, but we're just getting started.
Although China and Japan are deeply connected trading partners, the Asian giants sit on opposite sides of the climate debate. In spite of their differences, the two countries have a history of climate cooperation.