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Environment

The Road to Nowhere

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorNovember 21, 2011 9:35 PM

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Governments of the world's richest countries have given up on forging a new treaty on climate change to take effect this decade, with potentially disastrous consequences for the environment through global warming. Ahead of critical talks starting next week, most of the world's leading economies now privately admit that no new global climate agreement will be reached before 2016 at the earliest, and that even if it were negotiated by then, they would stipulate it could not come into force until 2020.

Nobody wants to say this for the record, of course, but in order to keep up the charade, representatives of "those richest countries" will probably feign surprise at this Guardian piece and publicly respond, Not us. We're on board. Let's keep at it!

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