It is the time again to bid farewell to the old year and to welcome the new one.
Last year was very eventful on the environmental and economic fronts, and 2016 promises to be the same, if not more so.
For those passionate about the fate of the planet, 2015 closed with a bang, following the adoption of a global deal on climate change in December, but not before a nail-biting last day when the fate of the Paris conference hung uncertainly.
Finally, a deal was put together, generally satisfying both developing and developed countries.
The developing countries, led by the G77 and China, and also the like-minded developing countries (LMDCs), managed to stand firm on their demands and secured acceptance of most of their points, though diluted through compromise.
Malaysia played a crucial role on behalf of the developing countries, being both spokesperson for the LMDCs as well as a coordinator for the G77 and China.
The US and its allies also got their way.
The result is a weak agreement that depends on each country to determine what it can do on mitigation (reducing or slowing down emissions) and with no official compliance mechanism to discipline those countries that do not perform even according to their own expectations.
From a purely environmental perspective, the Paris deal was thus nothing to shout about.
Some may even consider it a failure.