Global leaders have reaffirmed their commitment to mitigating emissions in light of the US’s volte face, while France, Italy and Germany have said Trump won’t be allowed to renegotiate on the deal’s terms.
Ban Ki-moon received the Legion of Honour for his efforts to tackle climate change, and he helped push the climate agreement as well.
Conspicuously absent in all mainstream discourse since Trump won the elections is discussion of the systemic factors that underpin continued massive emissions worldwide.
More wind farms, electric cars and efficient lightbulbs, of course. But also lower taxes.
The Paris Agreement seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels, limiting the rise in average world temperatures to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
The new Indian law requires the five Indian firms that produce HCFC-22 to capture and burn HFC-23 and eliminate its release into the atmosphere.
Its political manoeuvring may have saved the day, but India is ill-equipped to confront the long term effects of the accord.
An agreement to protect the ozone layer is being seen as a major new development.
Industrial agriculture has been a big driver of climate change – it’s time we took efforts to replace it with a more ecologically peaceful and culturally aware form of food production and consumption.
The Paris Agreement has been signed, as of Saturday December 12, and Le Bourget is closing up shop. The forty thousand people gathered there have largely dispersed; thousands more floating on the fringes of COP21 are also leaving. And Paris, which has been beautifully welcoming (every metro station […]
1. The Paris Agreement has deftly crafted language to ensure no legislative approval is required for its ratification by USA, underscoring the absence of broad political support for tackling climate change.
The recently concluded agreement leaves unresolved a number of important procedural questions that have a direct bearing on the interpretation of covenant principles.
The Paris Agreement is structured in a way that allows parties flexibility in achieving their emission targets, and a strong reporting and review mechanism that will help chart progress in an accountable manner.
On December 12, 2015 in Paris, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change finally came to a landmark agreement. Signed by 196 nations, the Paris Agreement is the first comprehensive global treaty to combat climate change, and will follow on from the Kyoto Protocol when it ends […]
Even at this very late stage, debates still rage in closed-off negotiating rooms while a very sleep deprived civil society tries to make its voice heard.
The trouble is, although the Paris agreement is going to be more than we had before, that isn’t saying much: we still have to make up for decades of relative inaction now.
When unchanging ideas of empire are veiled in the rhetoric of changing climate, it is up to the reflective artist to puncture the myth.
Behind closed doors US and EU argue against their poor partners in the coalition; the Coalition turns out to be of just 15 countries and not 90 plus as claimed
As the crucial 21st Conference of the Parties winds up in Paris, there’s reason to be tempered in our response. And be wary of the fact that a huge failure may be presented as a triumph.
That climate scientists are at COP21, broadcasting their work to the public and policymakers, shows that they’ve decided the risk of not being heard in the debate outweighs the risk of being misunderstood.
The time has never been more ripe for putting the spotlight on women’s participation.
A 1.5 ºC limit does not guarantee that we will manage to stay beneath it – but getting the words right in a legal agreement can give us a good foundation for future action.
Paris: When chunks of glaciers break off, or “calve,” they don’t slip smoothly off to sea. Underneath a layer of loosely packed snow, the ice seems almost to roll, thrusting up into the sky before pitching down to water. Beneath the snow that crumbles into the sea are […]
Paris: I am lying on the ground with my face turned to the Eiffel Tower, which rises perhaps half a kilometre away into an improbably beautiful sky. I have to be careful about shifting my feet and my head so I don’t hit the individuals at either end: together, […]
The principle of common but differentiated responsibilities must be retained in the final outcome document of COP21, in whatever form it may be done: Shyam Saran
The arguments over the week had been bitter and it got reflected even as the meeting on Saturday drew to a close while accepting the penultimate draft.
Paris must agree to operationalise equity by accepting that the level of effort of each country’s INDC will be equal to its share of the global carbon budget.
The battle lines are still the same: Will the west accept responsibility for its historic emissions by paying for the cost of greenhouse gas cuts and adaptation to climate change in the developing world?
Lives lost due to natural disasters reduced by 20% in the past five years – from 25,066 deaths in 2010 to 20,201 in 2014. Floods accounted for only 2.6% of deaths in 2014.
Anjali Vaidya reports from Paris on Day 4 of the UN climate change conference.
The intense rain that continues to swamp Chennai begs the question: is it due to climate change? And if so, what questions does it pose for us all?
Representatives from the small island states of the world are here at COP21 begging for a deal that will restrict temperature rise to 1.5 ºC.
New Delhi: In a move that could potentially mark the resumption of high-level contact between the foreign offices of India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has decided in principle to send External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Islamabad for a December 8 multilateral meeting on Afghanistan. Pakistan extended a […]
India wants negotiations on one issue to not occupy different forums at the same time.
Anjali Vaidya’s day-2 dispatch from the COP21 in Paris discovers awareness at the summit of how a changing climate is forcing people to become refugees in their own countries.
Anjali Vaidya from Paris on the opening day of the international climate change conference.
While all countries earlier agreed that the Paris agreement would be signed under the UN climate convention, India and others have warned against attempts to change the terms and conditions through the backdoor.
“The developed world has used coal for centuries, they have polluted the world and suddenly they wake up and tell us – you don’t use coal.”
Unfortunately, these environmentally damaging subsidies are often ignored during discussions on fossil fuel pricing and use, which tend to focus on the quantifiably larger and more politically controversial consumer-focused subsidies.
Q&A with Ashok Lavasa, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change.