A week ago the climate summit in Copenhagen looked like a dull whimper of an international meeting in a cold northern European city. Now it's shaping up to be something much more dynamic.
Forgive the euphoria. My tickets were already booked and I was going anyhow. But now it looks like we might have a story worthy of reporting.
Don't misunderstand the levity of tone, this is a serious story. Whether you agree with the science or not, this has become one of the defining issues of our era. It's just that it has lacked fizzle as the year end has approached.
We've been gearing up all year to cover this summit. Regular viewers may recall I flew out to a very chilly Greenland for a week to see the glaciers first hand. I also hosted a climate debate in China with UN Executive Secretary, Yvo de Boer, where we explored the prospect for a Copenhagen agreement.
We've had discussions with business leaders, politicians and scientists about the benefits or otherwise of a binding set of targets.
A week ago it seemed there would be little to report except a holding agreement that would set out another timetable for discussions. So many air miles, so many chauffeured journey's around the Danish capital and so little to show for it all.
The Obama Factor
Surely there has to be some point in taking so many government officials subsidized by the hard-pressed taxpayers of the world to a single destination. Having travelled so far, they better come up with something more useful than hot air. It doesn't have to be a binding agreement on climate gas reductions; perhaps a bit more transparency on the vested interests would be useful.
If nothing else President Barack Obama's anticipated presence in the closing shot of gurning politicians will help maintain international focus on the debate for two weeks. And I am all for the general public being better informed about the decisions that are being taken in their name.
What about 'Climategate'?
Frankly the scientific "evidence" is baffling for the layman. I have always had a great deal of respect for scientists, and figure that we should give them the benefit of the doubt.
I don't need to know how aspirin works, after all, to believe that it will help cure a headache. But throughout the year I have met enough "experts" on both sides of the story to know there are still questions being asked about how "conclusive" the conclusive evidence actually is into man-made climate change.