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When it comes to climate change, the world has reached a point of no return.An important first step will come at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21) in Paris in November and December, where world leaders will agree on the most important international agreement on climate governance in more than 20 years. With citizens, business, and governments worldwide finally recognizing the universal nature of climate change, the outlook for this year's conference is substantially more positive than it was prior to the last attempt to reach a comprehensive global agreement, at the 2009 Copenhagen summit (COP 15). In the next 15 years, the world's cities are set to grow dramatically, becoming home to 60 percent of the world's 8.5 billion people. How those cities are designed will matter for both the environment and the economy.Another challenge stems from the global nature of climate change.India, the world's third-largest emitter, has pledged to reduce emissions intensity by 33-35 percent from 2005 levels, and generate 40 percent of its power from non-fossil-fuel sources, by 2030 .
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