As always, the main obstacle to progress was the unsatisfactory answer given by the developed countries to the question from the developing countries: Where’s the cash? Here is the first sentence from Mark Carr’s story for Bloomberg: “Two weeks of climate talks organized by the United Nations finished with developing countries demanding more clarity from their richer counterparts on when a promised package of $100 billion in [annual] aid will materialize.”
Several meetings to build political momentum leading up to COP-24 have also been scheduled. The first will be a ministerial meeting in June called the Petersberg Climate Dialogue. California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is also organizing a Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco in mid-September.