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

COP21 Will Change the Course of History

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…

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Halting progress made at COP18

The DOHA Climate Gateway: Stumbling Toward a Global Agreement

In typical international climate summit fashion, COP18 ended in a last–minute marathon session complete with frustration, accusation, acrimony and a halting step forward in what is called the “Doha Climate Gateway” deal. One of the main features of the deal is breathing the last gasps of life into the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment round of which is set to…

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Limiting global average temperatures to within 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels is now considered "unlikely"

Climate Change Risk Looms as 2 Degree Limit Now Unlikely

With global greenhouse hitting a record high in 2011 and 2012 on track to break that record, the prospects of limiting average atmospheric global warming to within a 2 degree Celsius rise from pre-industrial is now considered unlikely according to the Emissions Gap Report from the U.N. Environment Programme. The report warns that even if nations adhere to their strickest current reduction goals,…

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