Can the Ghosts of Copenhagen be Exorcised at COP21?

Guarded optimism remains as the COP21 climate talks in Paris move into high gear

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. Typically, spirits in the plenary hall and meeting rooms rose and fell throughout the week. Friday began with reports of tension among delegates …

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COP 21 Update: New Draft Text Released

Progress continues on draft text at COP21

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 long term climate and …

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Record $3.4 Trillion Commitment to Fossil Fuel Divestment

COP21 press conference announcing $3.4 million in 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 to announce that $3.4 trillion in assets are now committed to some form of divestment from fossil fuels. May Boeve, executive director of, noted that some of that divestment is partial, divesting only from coal, oil, natural gas …

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COP Out: What If There’s No Deal in Paris?

What if there's no deal at COP21?

The start of the COP21 climate talks on Monday mark the end of the beginning for global climate action: a decisive step forward. Or, to put a more pessimistic slant on it, the beginning of the end of a stable climate. But why be pessimistic? Sure, there’s certainly a lot of heavy lifting to do between now and Dec. 11, but no Conference of Parties has begun with so many members …

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Reaction to Obama Speech at Opening of COP21

Obama gives a moving address at the 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 see the full realization …

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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, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Switzerland …

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COP21 Will Change the Course of History

CIP21 in Paris offers humanity an opportunity to turn back from the brink

On November 30th, the world will come together in Paris for the start of the most important climate talks ever. After more than two decades of negotiations, the expectations are high and global leaders appear to be ready to sign a comprehensive climate deal that will spur unprecedented emissions reductions. If all goes as planned, the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of United Nations Framework Convention on Climate …

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