At the COP climate change conference, world leaders discussed the urgent need for action to address the crisis caused by fossil fuels, but progress was hindered by powerful industry lobbies that opposed the treaties aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The U.N.’s annual climate change conferences continue to play a key role in tackling the climate crisis. Not only do the COPs bring together stakeholders with an interest in reining in global warming, they also push the climate crisis to the very top of the world’s news agenda. The problem is, they are no longer fit for purpose.

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