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Will the Paris Talks Lead to Climate 'Reparations' for Poor Countries?

COP21’s success hinges on an agreement between the haves and have-nots.
Cars pass the national assembly in Paris, where a projection of French artist JR is displayed as part of the 2015 climate talks.
Cars pass the national assembly in Paris, where a projection of French artist JR is displayed as part of the 2015 climate talks.AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani

Each of the 195 countries being represented at the two-week long Paris climate talks are coming to the table with their own baggage. Many developing ones, for example, have felt that the burden of corrective measures to combat climate change has long fallen on them—even though they have fewer economic resources and more pressing economic priorities. Bridging this divide between the “haves” and the “have-nots” at the 2015 climate change talks will arguably be one of the biggest hurdles to consensus.

India has been a particularly vocal member of  the “have-not” camp. Here are Ellen Barry and Coral Davenport pointing out the country’s longstanding position in the global climate change discussion, via The New York Times: