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.
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 … Continued
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 … Continued
Throughout 2015 there was an unmissable sense of purpose surrounding COP21. The sense that the future of our world is being agreed in Paris has been felt throughout the world. There’s been much discussion about the negotiations in our offices so we asked our team to share their thoughts on the Paris COP.