Commentary: Failing to act on climate change is robbing future generations of choices

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Chicago Tribune

Things could have been so different. In June 1992, the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro created the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity, launching the formal international mission to bring global warming emissions under control and reduce humanity’s negative impacts on our planet. Environmental protection was linked to the eradication of poverty and hunger by the U.N. Millennium Development Goals in 2000 and later through the Sustainable Development Goals. We talked a good game. Our actual record is unimpressive. The world is warming e…

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