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With the upcoming elections, climate change awareness events taking place around the world and The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) quickly approaching in December, it is important to look back at the discussions that took place during and immediately after previous climate change debates and conferences so that informed decisions can be made and progress can be made.

Jane Burston is Head of the Centre for Carbon Measurement at the National Physical Laboratory in the UK and is a member of the Planet First Advisory Panel.

As the discussions at the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties came to a close in December 2014 in Lima, Peru, Jane questioned the concept of global deals being used to fight climate change, in the face of greater progress at regional and local levels.

“Does it really matter what national governments agree here? Not because anyone doubts the threat of climate change; quite the opposite. The question is being asked because mayors, local authorities and heads of municipal governments are showing the political leadership that is too often lacking on the international stage – and making the moves that matter without waiting for a grand global deal to materialize”

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