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On Wednesday, December 9th at 7pm ET, join the VICE News for a Skype group chat about Climate Change. To join the conversation, add VICE News on Skype and ask us how to take part.

Ninety-seven percent of qualified scientists say that the earth is getting hotter and human activity is to blame. Data shows the global mean temperature is now 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. If humanity continues this course, we can expect more frequent and more intense extreme weather events, rising seas, and an unprecedented impact on humanity.

World leaders are meeting in Paris right now to try to come up with a international climate agreement. While the overwhelming majority of the world’s economies have laid out plans to cut their carbon emissions, they’re still short of the goal the United Nations has set for holding the line on global warming.

Read “Climate Change Could Push 100 Million People Into Poverty By 2030” – http://bit.ly/1HHMNF9

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Toxic Tours and Civil Disobedience: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 3)

Activists at the COP21 conference in Paris are outraged by the fossil fuel industry’s influence over the talks, claiming that big business is hijacking the pivotal climate negotiations by providing official sponsorships that allow them to get away with tax evasion and “greenwash” their continued use of dirty energy.

VICE News attended the Solutions COP21 exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris, where energy companies, car manufacturers, and other corporate groups displayed what climate activists consider to be false solutions for the future. There, we witnessed plainclothes police officers corralling and suppressing demonstrators, along with members of the international press and unsuspecting visitors.

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Watch “Police Clash With Protesters in Paris (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1NxS96o

In Photos: Inside the Paris Climate Talks – http://bit.ly/1OFXDwM

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Climate Activism Under Attack: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 2)

At the COP21 Paris Climate Talks, the prospect of nations reaching an agreement preventing irrevocable climate change is looking bleak, and discontent is growing among the activists on the ground. Environmentalists feel particularly targeted under the state of emergency imposed after the terror attacks. Squats are being raided by police, climate activists are being put under house arrest around France without committing any crime, and hundreds of people who defied the protest ban to attend a mass demonstration were tear gassed and arrested.

In this dispatch, VICE News hears from United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon at a chic COP21 opening party, visits the COP21 to talk to an expert to find out why we’ve had 20 summits and still no agreements, while carbon emission levels continue to rise. We visit one of the 24 climate activists under house arrest, and we attend an international climate justice conference hoping to achieve what it believes the UN can’t.

Watch “Police Clash With Protesters in Paris: COP21 – Climate Emergency (Dispatch 1)” – http://bit.ly/1OtY25i

Read “With Protests Banned in Paris, Climate Activists Embrace Other Forms of Expression” – http://bit.ly/1NsEEoI

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