I think that in some respects, yes, we are. The Copenhagen conference in December will surely yield some sort of global consensus on fighting climate change. It will probably include targets and goals of some sort for most countries. Whether these countries will meet their targets, or even try to, is doubtful, however. Most countries are wildly off-target for their Kyoto goals which are due to expire soon. Lacking an efficient enforcement mechanism, most nations simply don’t take these sort of UN treaties seriously.
Probably not, if you actually understand the limitations. I suspect that the lay person generally expects more than can actually be accomplished by governments who are just negotiating. The UN has virtually no inherent power, it’s just a venue for discussion.
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