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    How Humanity Almost Stopped Climate Change

    The global warming debate wasn’t always divided between the skeptics and the believers. From 1979 to 1989, Republicans and Democrats, from the president on down, united to combat the effects. But now, as wildfires rip across the U.S., heat waves plague Europe and flooding kills dozens in Asia, the gravity of the failure to follow through on reversing climate change is emerging. Nonbinding carbon emissions targets diluted by world leaders — a crushing blow to environmental activists — stopped the debate, and very few predictions fall short of doom for large swaths of the planet.

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