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Can We Reach A Global Warming Deal?

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As National Journal's Ben Geman explains, a new study by MIT researchers says that international negotiations to address global warming are likely to come up short next year.

The research states that international climate talks to be held in Paris in 2015 are unlikely to yield a pact that will rein in greenhouse-gas emissions enough to prevent an increase in global temperatures of 2 degrees Celsius. Climate scientists say that if global temperatures rise by more than 2 degrees celsius, we will be subject to some of the most severe impacts of climate change. 

 

But, as Ben writes, "The new MIT paper raises a major question looming over emissions pledges that nations will make early next year and for the Paris talks themselves: How should success be measured?"

What should success at next year's climate negotiations look like? What is it likely to look like? What kind of compromises can or should be made? And what's at stake if the international community fails to reach a global-warming deal?

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