Straight Talking: Climate change is back on public and political agenda

Windpower Monthly

WORLDWIDE: After the collapse of the last big climate summit of world leaders in Copenhagen in 2009, for many if not most people the climate issue was over, or at least the hope of serious action by governments was over.

Fatigue, shattered expectations, disappointment and despair drove away all but the scientists, the hard-core activists and the civil servants whose job it is to keep the talks going.

But now climate change is back on the public and political agenda, as increasing damage to lives and livelihoods becomes impossible to ignore. We have an opportunity to make a big step forward in the run-up to the next big United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris in December 2015. It is urgent that we get it right this time.

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