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Your Jargon-Busting Guide to the Paris Climate Change Talks
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Your Jargon-Busting Guide to the Paris Climate Change Talks

It’s all about the brackets.

Eric Holthaus


On Monday, more than 140 world leaders will gather in Paris to kick off tense two-week treaty negotiations over the fate of a planet in crisis. If this were about any topic other than climate change, it might even make the news.

Granted, there’s been a lot of other news out of France recently—a major climate-themed march in Paris will be canceled for security concerns. And there is going to be a lot of coverage of the Paris climate talks. But it will be nothing compared to the attention that would be paid to a last-ditch meeting to avoid a nuclear standoff—even though climate change is no less dangerous. As Climate Homepreviews, “a treaty at this scale has never been accomplished before, and the one under construction will affect the way the entire global economy operates.”

Maybe climate change tends to take a back seat because the talks themselves are a jargon-filled monstrosity of diplomatic protocol, which means no one—not even the diplomats themselves!—understands what’s happening half of the time.

Read the rest at Slate.