This is how a article begins about the G8 global warming conference (emphasis mine):
“The Group of Eight industrialized nations joined with developing countries in agreeing Wednesday that average global temperatures shouldn’t increase by more than 2 degrees Celsius in a significant new acknowledgment in the fight against global warming.”
So, all it takes for “significant” progress is to restate the goal, again, in a different way? That’s great news! It means no greater push that would damage the economy and people’s lives is going to take place in the near future, and the politicians get to go home all puffy about the amazing progress that amounts to agreeing to flip on the earth’s imaginary air conditioner if the temperature gets too high.
Of course, there’s no real way to do that, so it’s just another political, impossible, empty promise… and that makes me very happy. The inability for the biggest economies in the world to agree on anything truly significant comes in handy sometimes.