Wednesday, December 2, 2015

COP21 History and Guides

More than two decades have passed since the first Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting on climate change. There is a long history and a more than a bit of complexity associated with these climate negotiations. Despite outstanding issues that have yet to be resolved it is expected that this is the year when we will finally secure a global climate agreement. Here are some resources that help explain and contextualize the momentous history unfolding in Paris.

The New York Times has a good article that provides short answers to commonly asked questions about climate change. Triple Pundit has produced a brief primer on the history of COP21 and the Guardian has a chronological history of events leading up to COP21. The Guardian also has an interactive tool that enables users to assess the emissions impact of each country. Here is a summary of the final round of climate talks prior to the start of COP21.

Climate Home published a COP21 Guide by Ed King and Earthhour has produced a very accessible guide called Decoding the ABC's of COP21. Another guide has been published by the BBC, it is called the Beginners Guide to COP21. The financial Times also has a guide by the same name and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has produced a COP21 guide for investors.

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COP21 is an Unprecedented Turning Point  
Unpacking the COP21 Paris Climate Agreement (Infographic)
The COP21 Climate Deal and the Crucial Role of Obama's Leadership (Video)
Republican's Failed Attempts to Undermine the COP21 Climate Agreement
The Paris Terror Attacks Climate Change and COP21
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Optimism at COP21 Despite Disagreements on the Meaning of Differentiated Responsibilities
Canadian Leadership at COP21
COP21 Compact of States and Regions Pledges Emissions Reductions Equivalent to China's Annual Output
Al Gore Says COP21 Will be a Turning Point in Global Policy (Video)
COP21 and Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets
COP21 Starts With Pledges of Action from World Leaders
President Obama's Address at the Opening Session of COP21
Everything You Need to Know About COP21 (Video)
Summary of the Final Round of Climate Talks Before COP21

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