Even though nearly everyone has despaired of reaching any kind of real agreement on global warming in Denmark in a couple of weeks, 65 world leaders have signed up to attend the climate talks. Originally, the conference was organized for environment ministers, but now, world leaders, possibly including US President Barack Obama, are planning to attend. According to Reuters editor John Acher, Danish officials hope the strong political presence will encourage a commitment to create a treaty. Acher’s article quotes a spokesman for the Danish Liberal Party as saying Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen announced in a party meeting, “To cut through the outstanding issues and make an ambitious deal ... the active involvement of heads of state and government is crucial.” Reportedly, leaders from the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, Japan, Indonesia, and Brazil are planning to attend. There will also be a sizable representation of leaders from developing nations. According to Acher’s article, analysts say Rasmussen’s decision to invite world leaders is a calculated risk. It is possible that their presence raises the chance of making a deal, but that outcome is not very likely. So far, promises by the rich states fall far short of the actual greenhouse emissions reduction goal. Furthermore, developed nations have not yet met promises of extra aid to developing countries. At present, all signs indicate that a treaty is unlikely to appear any time soon. In fact, according to Acher, expectations for a legally binding agreement have slipped into next year.