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Editorial: Our planet needs action, not just words, on climate change

COP 27 should be used as a blunt reminder to politicians, industry leaders and individual citizens that time is rapidly running out

The world is finally paying serious attention to climate change after decades of ignoring the potential catastrophe facing the planet, but action is urgently needed

Over the next two weeks, leaders from almost every country on the planet will arrive in Egypt to participate in COP 27, the annual climate conference hosted by the United Nations.

Once a niche event that attracted little attention outside the world of academia and environmental activism, the conference has become a major event in the global political calendar that commands the media’s attention.

On one level, that is a positive. The world is finally ...