In the end, it was no surprise that it should be the arch-polluters China and India who torpedoed a deal to sound the death-knell for coal. The pity is that by doing so, they might have condemned poorer nations and future generations.
expense and hype of the past two weeks, they simply failed to deliver, and that the young protesters outside who proclaimed that not enough was being done were right.
This has been a missed opportunity and ultimately a betrayal of the goodwill shown by so many nations to address climate change.
The fight against global warming goes on, but Cop 26 demonstrates that it has become all the harder.