Climate talks shift from binding targets to ‘name and shame’

December 7, 2015 5:10 AM

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LE BOURGET, France — It’s clear at this point that even if the international climate accord being negotiated in suburban Paris becomes legally binding, it won’t include punitive measures like trade sanctions or embargoes on straggler countries that fail to meet their commitments.

The only penalty for falling short on efforts to fight global warming would be failing in front of the whole world to achieve their goals.

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