A Climate Time Capsule (Part 1): The Start of the International Climate Change Fight : Short Wave In 1992, diplomats and scientists at the United Nations negotiated the first-ever treaty intended to tackle the scientific phenomenon now known as climate change. This brought the issue to the forefront and led to a series of conferences that would occur almost every year for the next 30 years.

Short Wave host Emily Kwong talks to freelance climate reporter, Dan Charles, about how those at the conference wrote a clear and ambitious goal that they didn't even fully understand.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

A Climate Time Capsule (Part 1): The Start of the International Climate Change Fight

A Climate Time Capsule (Part 1): The Start of the International Climate Change Fight

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Global warming, conceptual illustration.
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In 1992, diplomats and scientists at the United Nations negotiated the first-ever treaty intended to tackle the scientific phenomenon now known as climate change. This brought the issue to the forefront and led to a series of conferences that would occur almost every year for the next 30 years.

Short Wave host Emily Kwong talks to freelance climate reporter, Dan Charles, about how those at the conference wrote a clear and ambitious goal that they didn't even fully understand.

Email the show at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Eva Tesfaye, edited by Gisele Grayson, and fact-checked by Margaret Cirino. Josh Newell was the audio engineer.