CLIMATE CHANGE SUMMIT: A TREATY MEETS A SOUR CONGRESS

To understand the possible fate of a treaty that would govern the air, it helps to consider what happened to the treaty that would govern the oceans. That earlier pact is known as the Law of the Sea Treaty, but as far as the U.S. Senate is concerned, its fate and its initials are the same: LOST. Although more than 100 other nations have ratified it since 1982, the Law of the Sea Treaty languishes before the Foreign Relations Committee, along with almost 80 other international pacts covering everything from a nuclear-test ban to a boundary agreement between the U.S. and...

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