A young American challenges the UN climate assembly, and shows the world that there is a concerned climate constituency here in the U.S.
Between the big flop in Copenhagen last December and the next round of U.N. climate talks in Cancun, there are a bunch of "intersessional" meetings of the UNFCCC (the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change), like the ones going on right now in Tianjin, China. These intersessionals are intended to move the ball down the field and, ideally, get the actual text that's being negotiated into some kind of manageable shape to be dealt with in the two crazy weeks at the end of the year. In reality, they usually wind up involving lots of posturing and arguing over procedure. (Last year, the negotiating text actually got longer during the October meetings in Barcelona, the last before the COP15 in Copenhagen.)