Climate change negotiations are a little like Moroccan tea. It begins with the spectacle of serving the tea, pouring from a hight to aerate it to create a thin layer of frothy bubbles. After that, there is a longer phase, which requires patience as the tea cools and becomes drinkable.
Friday 4th November marks the beginning of the historic Paris Agreement to limit emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) on a global level. This means that all countries must now begin to implement the plan laid out in their ‘Intended Nationally Determined Contributions’ (INDCs), including regular reporting on efforts to reduce emissions. INDCs provide clearer direction […]
The Paris Agreement resulting from COP21 was kind of a big deal. It demonstrated the shifting political resolve towards addressing climate change and moving the world towards a low carbon future. As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker commented at the end of the COP, “today the world gets a lifeline…This robust agreement will steer the […]
President Obama’s eighth and final State of the Union address firmly focused on climate change. The president has been committed to action on climate change throughout his second term. By including climate change in his speech, he cements his legacy as that of a leader committed to mitigating as much as possible the risks from rising global […]