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[Editorial] Climate and health: preparing for Paris

President Hollande of France this week called it an “historic” step forward. He was referring to China’s agreement to compliance checks on whatever deal is struck during COP21—the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 Framework Convention on Climate Change, which begins later this month in Paris. The agreement of China and the US, the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, is crucial if the goal of the meeting—to keep global temperature rises below 2°C—is to be achieved.