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Can Paris reconcile political, economic interests to combat climate change?

Time's running out fast for world's economies to get their act together to rein in global warming.

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Politics, not economics, curtails smart investments to limit climate change. Solutions require persuading people of the gravity and urgency of the scientific consensus - and then getting politicians to follow public opinion rather than donors.

Medford, Massachusetts

IN A POETIC irony, while world leaders met in Paris early this month to address the climate change threat, two of the major countries key to global warming saw their capitals - Beijing and Delhi - smothered in dense smog. Beijing even issued its first "Red Alert",

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