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As Climate Negotiators Debate Nations' Pledges, Scientists Worry It's Not Enough

Delegates to the annual international climate meeting held by the U.N. are struggling to forge a unified approach to slowing climate change. Meanwhile, emissions of greenhouse gases keep rising.
Climate conference attendees in Bonn, Germany, see a representation of Earth's climate trends. Source: Ulrich Baumgarten

Governments are wrapping up a meeting in Bonn, Germany, to figure out how to implement a global climate agreement.

The conference has focused on the pledges to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which nations made two years ago in Paris. But even as negotiators debate the details, scientists are that carbon dioxide levels are again on the rise, and the efforts in President Trump has vowed that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris deal. The final withdrawal will take a few years, and the government sent a small delegation to Bonn. It made one presentation on the value of clean coal that was disrupted by protesters.

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