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The end of the COP15 Climate Conference is rapidly approaching, and the web is rife with critical commentary. Delegates stayed up late last night working towards an agreement, but the 3-page draft is still far less ambitious than hoped for. Some sources say that the pledges made in the draft text would still result in a 3 degree rise, when 2 degrees will be catastrophic to many small countries. Obama made a speech this morning that reminded the delegates that the dangers of climate change can not be ignored; he re-iterated the promises that the US is willing to make, but left many disappointed. In another effort, Obama met with Chinese premier Wen Jiabao to discuss emission targets, financing and transparency. Expectations are steadily dropping as time runs out and a last-minute climate deal hangs in the balance.