EDITORIAL

An even bigger climate problem

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Science  29 Nov 2019:
Vol. 366, Issue 6469, pp. 1053
DOI: 10.1126/science.aba3075

Summary

Holding a major international summit on climate change against a backdrop of civil discontent like the kind that has rocked Chile might have given the world the impression that issues like clean energy can be addressed without also confronting problems of social justice. So last month, in the midst of massive protests on cost-of-living burdens and other inequalities, Chile withdrew as the host nation of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25). Instead, COP25 will convene next week in Madrid, Spain. Despite this decision, Chile's commitment to maintain its presidency of COP25 through next year hopefully signals a turning point in climate action—one that further steers Chile and the rest of the global community to recognize connections between social and climate crises, and to support climate policies that do not leave anyone behind.

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