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Carbon Onset: CO2 Debt of Climate Conferences Grows and Grows and Grows

Solar panel at climate talks in Durban, South Africa

DURBAN, South Africa—When roughly 25,000 people descend on a city to talk climate change, you can expect at least two things: mountains of waste and copious emissions of the greenhouse gases that they’ve come to talk about so seriously. To offset the hundreds of thousands of tons of these lightweight gases emitted in the pursuit [...]

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Are the Durban Climate Talks—or Climate Talks in General—Doomed?

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After more than 15 years of international climate negotiations, it has become ever more clear that all the carbon dioxide emitted to shuttle diplomats from city to city to hash out a regime to curb climate change has been largely wasted. The success of harried diplomacy in Kyoto in 1997 has given way to Japan [...]

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