In the UN Climate Talks, as in middle school, cliques rule decision-making. According to Elliot Diringer, executive vice president of the nonprofit Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, “At last count, I believe there are now 14 groups.” By the end of this year, the UN hopes to create a new global agreement that will affect everything from energy production to agriculture and transportation. Thus, reports NPR, it makes sense for countries with shared interests to negotiate in packs.
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