All eyes on climate change

Leaders from around the world have convened in Paris this week to develop multilateral solutions for combating climate change. Potentially game-changing in scope, many are hoping that the 21st Conference of the Parties under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will result in binding agreements to curb greenhouse gas emissions and keep global temperatures from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius. These climate summits have taken place on a regular basis since the Rio Summit of 1992, but the lack of binding agreements stymied previous global efforts to make substantial changes.