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Is the UN capable of tackling climate change?

Finding a global agreement is difficult

By AC Grayling   December 2015

Redwood trees in a forest grove. © Michael Schweppe

When the United Nations was formally established in 1945—the name had already been in use by the Allies during the Second World War—someone said that its purpose was not to take humanity to heaven but to save it from hell. When the 21st “Conference of the Parties” to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets in Paris on 30th November this year, it will be yet another chapter in the UN’s…

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