Humanity today is confronted by a bewildering array of threats, perhaps none more pressing than climate change.

In September, a summit attended by the leaders of more than 120 nations was held at the United Nations to debate responses to the challenge of climate change. What was remarkable was the extent of popular awareness and commitment to the process: Two days before the start of the summit, hundreds of thousands of people filled the streets of New York demanding greater action to combat climate change.

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