Qatar's deputy Prime minister and 18th Conference of the Parties (COP18) president Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the United Nations Convention on Climate Change in Doha on November 26, 2012. - 

Here in the U.S., we're obsessed with our fiscal cliff, but the end of the year also brings a deadline the entire world is all but certain to miss. The Kyoto Protocol is the last major international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and it is set to expire at the end of 2012 with no replacement. It is under that looming shadow that the United Nation's yearly climate talks began this morning in Doha, Qatar.


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