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Managing carbon: a global task that won't go away

The division between the rich world and the poor one over climate change is growing more intractable with each year that passes

BACK in the heady days of 2007, climate change seemed the only issue that troubled people, and especially media, in the West. The recession changed that. For many industrialised nations, economic weakness even brought their emissions down sufficiently to fall within their Kyoto targets, although the rise of India and China – now the world's biggest emitter by total volume – has kept global pollution steady. Later this month officials from the UN, diplomats, politicians, activists, journalists, and a cloud of other hangers-on and summit-junkies, will gather in Cancun, Mexico, for COP-16, the latest of the UN Climate Change Conference. The goal is a new treaty to replace the Kyoto Protocol, w

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