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

COP21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

“Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.” – Preamble to the Paris Agreement, Dec. 12, 2015  To answer…

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COP21 president Laurent Fabius presides over Paris climate talks

The COP21 Agreement is a Momentous Leap Forward

Every nation on earth has agreed to abide by a historic 31-page climate deal. The signing of the climate agreement in Paris signals the start of globally coordinated efforts to reign-in climate change. History will record that the deal was signed at the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change…

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

Can the Ghosts of Copenhagen be Exorcised at COP21?

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…

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