COP 21

Caldeira, Emanuel, Wigley, and Hansen Statement at COP 21 on December 4, 2015

December 28, 2015 by Rod Adams

Nuclear Energy and Emissions Reduction

During COP 21, Energy for Humanity hosted a press conference at which four climate scientists gave statements about why they believe that nuclear energy must be included in the effort to reduce CO2 emissions from the the power sources currently used to enable our modern, increasingly prosperous society.[read more]

EU Briefing on Environment: All You Need to Know about COP 21 [VIDEO]

December 21, 2015 by David Thual

COP 21 Europe Report

In this latest Brussels Briefing on Environment for viEUws - the EU Policy Broadcaster, leading journalist Hughes Belin provides an overview of the impact of the Paris Agreement reached on December 12th, 2015 at the COP 21 conference.[read more]

COP 21: A Success within the Success

December 18, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Planning for the Future

From the moment the COP 21 conference started, the newswires, bloggers and analysts have been writing about the success of the meeting and the ambitious nature of the Paris Agreement. Without doubt, more will be written in the weeks and months ahead. But the deal was done and many parts made it possible.[read more]

COP 21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

December 17, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Paris Agreement Results

In very broad strokes, what the Paris Agreement does is establish a long-term goal of eventually reaching net-zero emissions, create a mechanism to review progress and increase ambition at regular intervals, and add a framework for climate finance.[read more]

Paris Agreement: A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress

December 14, 2015 by Robert Stavins

The Paris Agreement, a truly landmark climate accord, which was gaveled through on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 7:26 pm (Paris time) at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP-21), checks all the boxes in my scorecard for a potentially effective Paris Agreement.[read more]

What's in the INDCs? Interactive Map

December 11, 2015 by David Kroodsma

INDCs, Country by Country

In the run up to this year's United Nations climate conference in Paris, almost every nation in the world submitted a plan for how they will work to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. Here's an interactive map of those plans.[read more]

COP 21: A Pathway for 1.5°C

December 10, 2015 by David Hone

How to Hit the Right Temp

The case for limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2°C was made many years ago and finally agreed at COP16 in Cancun in 2010. But the text noted the importance of an even more aggressive target, notably 1.5°C, proposed by the small island states who were deeply concerned about future sea level rise.[read more]

Major Climate Finance Issues During the Final Week of the Paris Climate Conference

December 9, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

‎The negotiations are ramping up as chief negotiators from each country arrive in Paris. They are taking over for the next week to try and resolve the toughest issues in the draft text. One of the major questions for all stakeholders will be climate finance.[read more]


The Paris Climate Conference at the Halfway Point

December 8, 2015 by Robert Stowe

Halfway Through COP 21

The 195 national governments that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are meeting in Paris to draft a major new agreement on climate change. They finished their first week of work on Saturday, December 5.[read more]

Can the Ghosts of Copenhagen be Exorcised at COP21?

December 8, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Copenhagen, History, and the Paris Agreement

After a week of negotiators working in “spin-off” groups, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP) completed their work on Saturday with the final compilation of the Paris Outcome draft text officially transmitted to the COP, ready for ministerial negotiation beginning on Monday.[read more]

India's Flooded City, Toxic Air Make Clear Why Climate Action Needed at Paris COP21

December 8, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India, Climate, and COP 21

As India's leaders and top climate negotiators are convening with world leaders to reach an international climate agreement in Paris, back home, extreme weather variability and worsening environmental conditions make clear what's at stake.[read more]

Where The Carbon Emissions Are

December 7, 2015 by Robert Rapier

Carbon Emission Sources

With world leaders meeting in Paris this week and next to formulate plans for tackling carbon emissions, I believe it’s critical to understand the source of those emissions. After all, if you are going to solve a problem, you better make sure you have a good understanding of the problem.[read more]

Policy Brief: China's Emissions Trading Scheme and Targets

December 7, 2015 by Sieren Ernst

On his trip to the U.S. in September, President Xi Jingping announced that China would implement a national emissions trading system by 2017. The announcement was made with Barack Obama, reaffirming their interest in curtailing climate change in the lead-up to the Paris Climate Conference.[read more]

COP21: Targets, Goals, and Objectives

December 7, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Goals

As the negotiators struggle on in Paris at the COP 21 conference on climate change, the question of the long term goal has emerged. What should it be, how should it be structured and will it send the necessary signal to drive future national contributions.[read more]

Follow the Money: The Role of Innovation in Climate Finance

December 7, 2015 by Brad Townsend

Innovation and Climate Finance

The ability of investments in innovation to drive economic development at home makes innovation a rare opportunity for bipartisanship. This article details how the recent innovation investments announced in Paris are related to the broader issue of climate finance.[read more]