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Keeping it green: One of the activists taking part in a human chain at the 10th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP10) in Nagoya, Japan on 28 October 2010. REUTERS/ALAMY/YURIKO NAKAO

To the average person in the Northern hemisphere, November is a vibe shift: undeniable crispness in the air, pumpkin spice everything, darkness before six in the evening. To climate nerds, November is COP (Conference of the Parties) season: long-winded speeches, interminable nights filled with battles over bracketed legal text, fights over finance that seem soul-crushingly familiar. Then there’s the new generation of protesters reminding world leaders who attend the UN climate conference that they need to step up and do justice outside these corridors.

But this year there is not one, but two COPs within one month of each other: one for nature in Montreal, Canada (7-18 November); and the other for the climate in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt (7-19 December). Both the… Full article

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