What's The Point Of Climate Conferences?
There's optimism about the U.N.'s climate conference in Paris next year, and if climate conferences past are anything to go off, that's notable.By Sebastian Martinez | November 20, 2014
The United Nations conference on climate change in Paris is more than a year away, but already there's optimism that world leaders might actually reach a substantial agreement.
To understand why that's such a big deal, it's worth looking at conferences that have come before.
Berlin, Kyoto, The Hague, New Delhi, Montreal, Copenhagen, Durban, Doha — these are just a few of the cities that have hosted a United Nations climate conference since 1995, and during that time global carbon emissions have continued to rise.