Two months ago, the UN’s cli­mate change panel warned that un­less hu­man­ity takes dras­tic ac­tion, we have 12 years to save the planet from dis­as­ter. But will we?

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Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from al­most 200 na­tions are cur­rently meet­ing in the Pol­ish coal min­ing town of Ka­tow­ice to try to turn the pledges made in Paris in 2015 into a po­lit­i­cal re­al­ity. There are, with chil­dren in Aus­tralia walk­ing out of school to protest the cli­mate in­ac­tion, signs of gen­er­a­tional op­ti­mism. On the other hand, we have Don­ald Trump dis­miss­ing his own gov­ern­ment’s cli­mate re­port while the in­com­ing Bol­sonaro ad­min­is­tra­tion is re­fus­ing to host next year’s cli­mate talks in Brazil. There is still time to save the world but at the mo­ment, Robin McKie writes on page 10, a cli­mate catas­tro­phe looks in­evitable – and nowhere will be unaf­fected.

With the White House ac­tively dis­in­ter­ested in the process in Poland, a key role will fall to Obama’s “cli­mate di­as­pora” – a group of former state depart­ment cli­mate of­fi­cials now work­ing in the pri­vate sec­tor who are do­ing all they can to pro­tect the goals agreed in Paris. In a fas­ci­nat­ing piece, Karl Mathiesen pro­files the likes of Sue Biniaz and Todd Stern, who are try­ing to save the Paris accord from their own pres­i­dent.

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