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Countries Hope Climate Storytelling Will Inspire Carbon Cuts

Dec. 13, 2018, 6:05 PM

The idea: If countries and communities could tell their stories about how climate change affects them, and what they think the solutions are, it would inspire the world’s biggest greenhouse gas polluters to cut more carbon.

The storytelling effort’s success and impact: uncertain.

Observer groups hope its impact will be apparent in rules being developed for the Paris climate agreement at the international climate talks this week in Katowice, Poland.

They also hope it will carry over to a special U.N. secretary-general’s climate summit in 2019 where countries will be asked to make firm pollution-cutting commitments.

Dialogue

Called the “Talanoa...

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