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Change the whole world can agree on?

President Barack Obama, left, sits with French President Francois Hollande, right, as they have dinner at the Ambroisie restaurant in Paris, France, with Secretary of State John Kerry, 2nd right, French Minister for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy Segolene Royal, 3rd right, and French Foreign Minister, Laurent Fabius, 3rd left, during a two-day visit to France as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change, conference, November 30, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Thibault Camus)Leaders from 150 nations joined some 40,000 delegates in Paris on Monday morning for the 2015 World Climate Summit. As U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told reporters with regards to the conference and its goals, "A political moment like this may not come again. We have never faced such a test. But neither have we encountered such great opportunity." The Summit's leaders hope to formulate regulations that will institute legally binding reductions in greenhouse gas emissions for nations around the world.

A similar agreement was passed in Kyoto, Japan, in 1997. It mandated that industrialized nations reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to five percent below 1990 levels between 2008 and 2012. However, a number of key nations, including the United States which is the second largest producer of greenhouse emissions, chose not to abide by it. To complicate matters, China and India, the first and third largest emitters respectively among nations, were exempt at the time. That is why the current summit is focused on passing binding legislation that cannot be so easily disregarded by those countries that can do the most to address the problem.

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Explaining the Paris massacre

The Eiffel Tower illuminated in the French colors in honor of the victims of the attacks on Friday in Paris, November 16, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)"The whole world is a battlefield." So states retired U.S. Army Colonel Anthony Shaffer, a former U.S. intelligence officer, in response to the Paris massacre. What do Christians need to know about this crisis?

What has changed?

Newsweek's Kurt Eichenwald: "Friday's Paris strike is not just another in a growing cavalcade of terrorist assaults; instead it signals a tactical change in Islamic terrorist strategies—one that militants have been moving towards for years." For many years, Western nations have been fighting jihadist organizations such as the Islamic State and al-Qaeda. How does the Paris massacre change this global reality?

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The world responds to Paris: how should we?

A couple look at the sails of the Sydney Opera House that are lit in the colors of the French flag following the terrorist attacks in Paris, Sydney, Australia, November 14, 2015 (Credit: AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)Greek Stoic philosopher Epictetus found that circumstances don't make a man, they only reveal him to himself. How he responds in the moment is the culmination of what he has made of and done with his previous moments. In the wake of last Friday's Paris attacks, varieties of responses have surfaced, revealing the make-up of certain figures in our cultural milieu.

John Oliver had a heated response. Host of HBO's "Last Week Tonight," Oliver went on an expletive-laced tirade at the start of his show. "It's hardly been 48 hours and much is still unknown, but there are a few things we can say for certain," said Oliver Sunday on his show. "And this is when it actually helps to be on HBO, where those things can be said without restraint. After the many necessary and appropriate moments of silence, I'd like to offer you a moment of premium cable profanity."

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