It’s always darkest before the dawn. Sometimes, the light at the end of the tunnel really is the light and not an oncoming train. COP21 in Paris is being rightfully celebrated as a success: 195 nations pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions, invest more than $100 billion a year by 2020 in clean energy technology … More Copenhagen’s legacy
We’re at the end of the third day of COP21, and, after a brief interlude when 150 heads of state and government graced the world stage here in Paris, the climate community is getting back to the business of crafting a global treaty. As I noted in my previous post, the French hosts have left nothing … More Plus ca change? Well, maybe not
Paris is ready. The UN climate talks start tomorrow, and the French hosts have left nothing to chance. No last-minute failure, no repeat of Copenhagen here, thanks very much. Technicians are busy putting the final touches to the Le Bourget site, environmental groups are preparing their stalls in the exhibition centre, and the negotiators and … More Paris is ready. Are we?
At the same time as government negotiators were haggling over the text of a global climate treaty in Bonn last week, coal executives attending the annual Coaltrans conference in Barcelona were avoiding discussing their industry’s climate credentials and sticking to the sector’s practical prospects. Climate change campaigners and politicians are ratcheting up the pressure on coal; … More Coal industry dodges climate question as it focuses on baseload demand