5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT COP21: THE PARIS CLIMATE TALKS...

5 Things You Need to Know About COP21: The Paris Climate Talks

The Paris climate talks are set to begin at the end of this month. Here’s what you need to know about which nations are involved, what policies they will be hashing out, and what the chances are of substantial progress...


 

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THREE REASONS COP-21 WILL FAIL...

  The goal of COP-21 – the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) 21st Conference of the Parties – in Paris at the end of November is to produce an international agreement to ensure greenhouse gas emissions are reduced by an amount necessary to prevent a 2 degrees Celsius rise in global average temperature this century. With that as a goal, the conference is doomed to failure. Three reasons why:

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OBAMA TO STILL PARTICIPATE IN PARIS CLIMATE TALKS: US OFFICIAL SAY...

US President Barack Obama speaks to the press in Washington, DC on November 13, 2015, after being informed about the deadly attacks in Paris

Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama still plans to participate in a UN climate conference near Paris in two weeks, despite attacks that killed 128 people in the French capital, a US official told AFP Saturday.

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PARIS CLIMATE PACT COULD LEAVE FORESTS VULNERABLE...

The Forests of Oregon, viewed from Bend. Credit: Rod Parmenter

Efforts to foster forests and slow deforestation, which is one of the leading causes of global warming, are largely being glossed over by most nations as they prepare for a historic round of climate negotiations.

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PARIS CLIMATE DEAL MUST BE LEGALLY BINDING, EU TELLS JOHN KERRY...

US secretary of state, John Kerry, has said that any climate deal in Paris is ‘definitively not going to be a treaty’. Photograph: Brendan Smialowski/AP

US warned that any agreement in Paris will be enshrined in law after secretary of state said it would ‘definitively’ not be a treaty

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PARIS PACT MAY HINGE ON ‘LOSS AND DAMAGE’ DISPUTE...

An island in the Maldives, which is vulnerable to rising seas.
Credit: Alessandro Caproni/Flickr

 

If rich countries don’t agree to help poorer ones recover after storms amplified by global warming tear villages apart, or help communities prosper even as their homes sink into rising seas, climate negotiations in Paris risk being scuttled...

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WHAT IS COP21 & DOES IT MATTER?

Nnimmo Bassey

“…it boils down to the fact that the world is in a state of potential destruction. There’s no use worrying about anything else.”

—Ansel Adam’s final interview, Summer of 1984.

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OUR GENERATION, OUR CHOICE...

1000 MILLENNIALS TOOK THE STREETS FOR JUSTICE ON RACE, CLIMATE, IMMIGRATION

 

On November 9th, a wave of people power swept over Washington, DC. In an epic demonstration of unity, 1,000 millennials took the streets for justice on race, climate, and immigration.

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GREENHOUSE GASES HIT NEW MILESTONE, FUELING WORRIES ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE...


Haze shrouds the Musi River as vehicles drive across the Ampera Bridge in Indonesia. (Dimas Ardian/Bloomberg)

New scientific data released on Monday confirmed 2015’s place as a milestone year for the Earth’s environment, with both temperatures and greenhouse gases crossing symbolic thresholds with ominous implications for future climate change.
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OBAMA'S BID TO SAVE THE WORLD...

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President Barack Obama looks at Bear Glacier during a boat tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park Seward, Alaska last September. | Getty

It's no accident the president rejected the Keystone pipeline before he seals a global deal to combat climate change.

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