Cracknell, James

Cracknell, James

James Cracknell

1 December 2015Feature

Why the UN climate summit can't succeed

The hopes of the world are once again being placed on one meeting, and are once again guaranteed to be dashed before the first words are even uttered.

That’s a hard sentence for a long-time climate change activist to write. But it’s absolutely true. For 21 straight years, the United Nations has made a fatal mistake in its attempt to curb the emission of greenhouse gases around the globe.

I’m talking about a mistake of truly epic proportions, and of mesmerising idiocy,…