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President Obama and other world leaders will gather in Copenhagen next week to discuss climate change. Though this is a global issue, it’s also a profoundly local one. For this reason, the Op-Ed editors asked writers from four different continents to report on the climate changes they’ve experienced close to home. Here are their dispatches:

Denmark in the Wind, by Hanne-Vibeke Holst.

South Africa’s Fire Kingdom, by Kakes Mda.

The Penguins of Brazil, by Edgard Telles Ribeiro.

In Japan, Concerns Blossom, by Yoko Tawada.