G20 nations had been spending almost $90bn a year on finding more oil, gas and coal

A 5 Minute History of Climate Politics

Today begins the UNFCCC’s COP20 which, since the failure of the Copenhagen Accord, will build on the Durban Platform which follows the Bali Roadmap and the Warsaw Outcomes to replace the Kyoto Protocol. Overwhelmed? Fair enough. Confused? Don’t be. The world of international climate politics seems almost indulgently complex. Yet the negotiations that are about