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COP21: Paris Outcome - not if but how much?

A Deal in Paris is All But Assured, But How Strong Will It Be?

Delegates, ministers and observers worked late into the night last night deliberating over the latest “clean” text released by the COP presidency on Wednesday afternoon. Slimmed down to from 43 pages to only 29, the text now leaves far fewer options for ministers to decide by the Friday deadline. Many parties have suggested that Wednesday’s text “wasn’t perfect” but was a “good start,” which…

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An island in the Maldives slowly succumbs to a rising sea

U.S Doubles It’s Commitment to Climate Adaptation

It’s “crunch time” here in Paris as the deadline for an historic climate agreement is now just just hours away. With release of the latest draft text this afternoon the issues of loss and damage and adaptation remain among the core issues left for ministers to hammer out by Friday. In a speech on Wednesday afternoon Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States…

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Fossil fuel companies burn from their own deception

Academics on the Take: Mounting Evidence of Fossil Fuel-Funded Climate Denial

Greenpeace revealed today the results of an undercover investigation showing how fossil fuel companies secretly pay academics from leading U.S. universities “to write research that sows doubt about climate science and promotes the companies’ commercial interests,” reported Lawrence Carter and Meave McClenaghan on EnergyDesk Greenpeace today. Reporters from Greenpeace UK posing as representative from coal and oil companies approached professors from Princeton…

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Progress continues on draft text at COP21

COP 21 Update: New Draft Text Released

A draft text for a global climate agreement was announced on Thursday morning at COP21, now slimmed down another four pages from the document sent to Paris in late October. At a press conference on Thursday hosted by Climate Action Network International, Kaisa Kosonan of Greenpeace said that negotiations of the current ADP session has “made progress,” especially on defining…

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COP21 press conference announcing $3.4 million in fossil fuel divestment

Record $3.4 Trillion Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

At a press conference on Wednesday at COP21 in Paris, representatives from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the California Senate, the World Resources Institute and the London School of Economics joined 350.org to announce that $3.4 trillion in assets are now committed to some form of divestment from fossil fuels. May Boeve, executive director of 350.org, noted that some of that divestment is partial, divesting only from…

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Obama gives a moving address at the opening of COP21

Reaction to Obama Speech at Opening of COP21

In a moving address at the opening session to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21), president Obama called on world leaders and delegates assembled in the plenary hall at Le Bourget for resolve in the coming two weeks of negotiations, keeping in mind the long-term implications of the results. “Our generation may not even live to…

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Press Release: 11 Donar Countries Pledge Additional $250 Million for Adaptation

We’re on the ground in Paris for the duration of the COP21 climate conference. Negotiations actually started last night, but today is the opening with nearly 150 head-of-state arriving for the opening ceremony. Announcements are coming quickly as the official conference gets underway. Following is a press release from 11 donor countries, including the United States, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,…

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