Climate change: The impossible deal

Paying subsidies to developing countries is the big hurdle.

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Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, speaks at the UN climate change conference in Lima, Peru, earlier this month.
Gwynne Dyer
Published: Wednesday, 12/17/2014 12:00 am EST

For “shall,” substitute “may.” For example, change “countries signing this climate change treaty shall state how much they are going to cut their greenhouse emissions” to “countries signing this climate change treaty may state how much they are going to cut their emissions if they feel like it, but if they don’t, hey, no problem.”

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