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Why climate negotiations keep failing

December 3rd, 2010

The world is meeting in Cancun this week to talk climate change. Is there any hope of a large-scale agreement on capping emissions around the world? Most pundits would say no.

Why can’t we agree to do something? The answers are varied and all contain some truth. There are, for example…

- The inherent challenges of tackling a problem so diffuse and long-term with responsibility laying with all 7 billion of us

- Psychological barriers to change

- A media that paints all issues as having two equal sides even if it’s 99 to 1
- Powerful, vested interests in the old, fossil-fuel-based economy

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