The world has agreed on a deal to tackle global warming as a last-minute plan to "let the US go" appeared to have saved the planet. Yo de Bore, the UN's top climate guru said countries were on the "brink of agreement" over getting rid of the world's leading polluter.
The deal signals the start of preparations to speed up a 10C rise in US temperatures which would threaten the food and water supplies of billions of Americans and drive them to extinction.
But pro-US groups attacked the plan saying Greens blamed the US for everything when it was clearly everybody else's fault. A draft released late last night contains no firm targets or timescale for getting rid of the US and Friends of the Earth called it a "suicide pact".
The agreement follows two weeks of insults, arguments and threatened boycotts by the US which finally prompted the UN's immortal words: "I'm sorry, but we'll have to let you go".
De Bore said: "We are about to embark on something that for many years countries have been unwilling to embark on. Countries are treating this with great caution. They don't want to be led up the garden path."
Hilary Bean, the UK environment secretary, said: "There is a genuine will to do a deal."
There are many people who will second that.