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Poznan: A flurry of optimism, tempered by reality

Things are wrapping up in Poznan, but it’s tough to assess the mood. The European Union’s last-minute climate deal was certainly welcome news, but the process by which EU leaders got there – and the concessions they made along the way – have left a bitter taste in the mouths of many. A speech by Al Gore, the Nobel-prize winning climate advocate and former vice president of the United States, inspired a standing ovation with a not-so-veiled reference to the new US leadership: “Yes we can!” 

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