Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The small but mighty: Island states fight to survive at Paris Climate Summit

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Despite all the attention lavished on the big players at the U.N. Climate Summit in Paris this week, it was ultimately the leaders of the smallest and most vulnerable countries that are having the most say in how an eventual climate change agreement may shape up.

These countries, many of which are mere specks in the middle of vast oceans on a global map, constitute the moral force behind the climate talks. Taken together, they are the reason why negotiators might push for more ambitious actions rather than falling short, as have so many climate summits before this.

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