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Opinion, by Nathan Williams

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A gathering of world leaders for an ‘Earth Summit’ discussing solutions to everything from climate change to the eradication of poverty provokes inevitable cynicism in many people who view such summits as the vanity project of politicians out to save the world.

Barely a year seems to go by without country leaders convening to discuss the world’s biggest challenges, but in the collective consciousness, prompted by a barrage of negative headlines in the media, the state of the world just seems to get worse. It is little surprise then that cynicism . . .

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