It’s 12 December 2015 and as French foreign minister Laurent Fabius peers over his glasses having put the gavel down, he sees a plenary room full of elation, shock and relief. This was supposed to be it. After 20 years of negotiations, 20 years of agreeing to meet again next year, 20 years of failure to find common ground, it had finally happened. 195 countries had signed a comprehensive agreement, promising that they would all do their bit to combat climate change. And yet - as I write this - atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have never been higher.

Thomas Harrisson

Digital Content Manager at Carbon Brief, Goldsmiths MA Digital Journalism graduate, musician, Gooner, ramen and curry enthusiast

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