Paris Talks May Set an Ambitious—and Meaningless—Goal on Climate Change

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Based on current policies, there is no hope of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.

The Ugly Truth Lurking Behind the Climate Talks

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As a climate deal nears, power players want accountability (just not for themselves).

A Diplomatic, Apocalyptic Game of Jenga

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As the precarious climate talks build toward toward a climax, one French diplomat tries to keep it all from crashing down.

The Island of Nauru Could Live or Die at the Hands of COP21

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Over the years, this tiny Pacific island has been devastated by war, phosphate mining, and now climate change.

The US Will Leave Fossil Fuels in the Ground—Until After the Paris Climate Talks

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Officials postponed the auction of an oil and gas development lease until next spring.

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