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...
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:Read more
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.Read more
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 treatyRead more
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...Read more
“…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.Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more