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A Binding Global Agreement on Climate Change Will Remain Elusive

Dec 30, 2014 | 10:00 GMT
Heavy smog darkens the skies over Beijing in November 2014.
Heavy smog darkens the skies over Beijing in November 2014.
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The impact of climate change has not grown strong enough to make it a core national issue that ranks above economic, military or other key national policies for most countries. Thus, while countries will adopt some measures, they are not likely to put other national interests in jeopardy. As with many multilateral or bilateral deals -- whether a climate treaty or amendments to the EU agreement -- countries will seek to put their national interests above all else....

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