Turning despair into hope by 2015

UN climate talks have missed just about every deadline. Rich nations promised two decades ago to halt their rise in greenhouse gases. They failed. Next, they promised a 2009 sequel to Kyoto. They failed. Will they fail again in 2015?

At the end of another lavishly-funded UN conference that yielded no progress on curbing greenhouse emissions, many of those most concerned about climate change are close to despair.

As thousands of delegates checked out of their air-conditioned hotel rooms in Doha to board their jets for home, some asked whether the UN system even made matters worse by providing cover for leaders to take no meaningful action.

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