Art of a climate deal
The Paris conference on climate change was quite the cliffhanger. Even till the last minute, we were left wondering: Will Paris be another Copenhagen, where, famously, the deal had unravelled? Officials worked late into the wee hours, well past the official deadline, to cobble together a document on which 196 nations could put their signatures. Leaders who had staked their reputations on getting a deal done, from US President Barack Obama to French President Francois Hollande, hailed a planetary social contract of historic proportions. Even India, a petulant participant at the start, declared that “climate justice” had been done.