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Love between countries is more important than strong legal agreements. Ryan Rodrick Beiler / Shutterstock.com

Why soft climate deals are better than tough ones

The Paris climate deal has been criticised for not being strong enough. But behavioural economics studies show weak deals can work out better in the long run.
The Paris agreement introduces a new mechanism for international co-operation. AAP/Samuel Boivin

How will carbon markets help the Paris climate agreement?

Despite there being no reference to the words “market mechanism” or “carbon market” in the agreement, the agreement clearly establishes a new international carbon market mechanism.
Job done: COP21 president Laurent Fabius. Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Historic Paris climate pact reached – experts react

At the Paris climate talks, the world has signed up to the first truly global treaty to tackle global warming. Our experts react.

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