U.N. Climate Summit Pep Rally For Future Negotiations04:09
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The United Nations opens the UN Climate Summit 2014 September 23, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
The United Nations opens the UN Climate Summit 2014 September 23, 2014 at the United Nations in New York. (Don Emmert/AFP/Getty Images)

Today’s U.N. summit on climate change isn’t going to result in any binding agreements. The real purpose of the summit is to mobilize political will for a global treaty at climate negotiations in Paris next year.

But why meet without making any promises?

NPR science correspondent Chris Joyce joins Here & Now’s Jeremy Hobson to discuss the summit today, and whether an international treaty is really possible in the future.

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This segment aired on September 23, 2014.

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