2009: The year so many met so often to talk so much about the perilous state of the climate -- and as of September, accomplished so little. Will this week be the charm? During several different international meetings this year, nations have been getting into position for this December's international climate treaty talks in Copenhagen. This week, they're all gathering again. On Tuesday, the U.N. is holding a day-long Climate Summit (alongside its annual, two-week General Assembly) in New York City. And on Thursday and Friday, the Group of 20 (G20) leading world economies is gathering in Pittsburgh, its third …
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Emily Gertz is a New York City-based freelance journalist and editor who has written on business, design, health, and other facets of the environment for Grist, Dwell, Plenty, Worldchanging, and other publications.