"Wild Weather Puts Climate Back on Global Agenda Before 2015 Deadline"

"Bitter cold in the United States might appear to contradict the notion of global warming, but with Britain's wettest winter and Australia's hottest summer, extreme weather events have pushed climate change back on the political agenda."

"A spluttering world economy had sapped political interest in the billion-dollar shifts from fossil fuels that scientists say are needed to cut greenhouse gas emissions, but rhetoric is changing in 2014, one year before a deadline for a new U.N. climate deal.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry went furthest, calling climate change "perhaps the most fearsome weapon of mass destruction" and ridiculing those who doubt that climate change is man-made."

Alister Doyle and Nina Chestney report for Reuters February 19, 2014.

Source: Reuters, 02/19/2014