Yes, last year in Durban, European countries agreed to a second commitment period for Kyoto; but with the first commitment period about to end in December, details of renewing the protocol are sadly wanting. We havent seen much movement on the North-South median either, with developed countries demanding mandatory emission-control commitments from fast-growing emerging economies and the latter insisting that the former have failed to deliver on commitments reflecting their greater historical responsibilities. But what the World Bank report underlines is that the dark winds of climate change dont respect national boundaries. When sea surface temperatures rise in the Indian-Pacific pool, East Africa experiences increased drought frequencies. When the polar ice sheets melt too fast, 10.7% of South Asias agricultural land is exposed to inundation. When global warming increases the run-off in the Ganges, flooding increases in the high-flow season and water stress in the low-flow season. Although, as far as the Indian monsoon is concerned, the World Bank report admits current climate models just arent up to making reliable hydrological projections. The bottom line is that beyond a point, especially in a populous country like ours, adaptation will no longer be possible. The hope is that the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, set to take place later this month, will take note.