ClimateHome: UN climate talks and the Paris deal: A bluffer’s guidePosted on Nov 17, 2015 in Featured, slider
It’s a treaty like no other, that will transform the world economy – if 195 nations can agree at COP21, that is
By Ed King, Climate Change News. 13 November 2015
Representatives of nearly 200 governments will descend on Paris for the first two weeks of December, aiming to thrash out a deal to tackle climate change.
They’re aiming high. A treaty at this scale has never been accomplished before, and the one under construction will affect the way the entire global economy operates.
Modern society has been built on fossil fuels, but according to climate scientists that can’t last forever.
The task of the UN’s 21st Conference of the Parties, known as COP21, will be to tread on virgin territory and get all countries to commit to slashing greenhouse gas emissions.
Since 2011, hundreds of negotiators and officials have traversed the world working on a plan for a treaty or looser pact to be agreed in 2015 and come into effect by 2020.
That’s the year the Kyoto Protocol, the world’s only legally binding climate deal covering the EU, Switzerland and Norway (11% of global emissions) finally expires.
The meeting is likely to be one of the largest yet held, drawing a projected 40,000 delegates including world leaders and costing the French government €170 million.