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A crack in a house's foundation, if not repaired, can continue to grow, ultimately destabilizing the structure and rendering it uninhabitable.Climate change, as we have known for years, is one such crack in the foundation. Twenty-two years ago, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change was unveiled; today, 195 countries have agreed to prevent dangerous global warming by limiting the increase in global temperature to 2 degrees centigrade.The IPCC has calculated that we are hurtling toward temperature rises of 3.7 degrees centigrade to 4.8 degrees centigrade by the end of the century. The crack is widening, and some of the world's inhabitants – particularly the most vulnerable – are already seeing the water seep in. This endless search for the true locus of responsibility (both causal and remedial) is not restricted to the realm of climate change.This issue comes to the fore most frequently in the case of shared global problems, such as climate change.The best solutions are those that build on the strongest points in the structure that currently prevails.China, for one, has launched seven pilot emissions-trading schemes, covering a quarter-billion people – the second-largest such effort in the world (after the European Union).
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