The hottest 13 years on record have taken place within the past 15 years. Within that time period the amount and severity of extreme weather events has increased dramatically. But, despite the phenomenal cost to human life and the economy that climate change is causing, world leaders are backing down on their commitments. The US, China are unwilling to take on binding cuts and Canada, Russia and Japan are unwilling to extend commitments to GHG reductions that expire next year. Read more in the Vancouver sun.