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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.

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",