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Road to COP21

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The Road to COP21: will the commitments made in the next few months lead to a successful, global agreement in Paris later this year? 6 comments from our contributors

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Nick Mabey

Chief Executive and Founder Director E3G

Third Generation Environmentalism

Shadow boxing in Lima sets stage for Paris Climate Agreement The climate negotiations in Lima were never intended to save the world. They succeeded in their main task of setting a forward agenda towards the critical Paris Summit in 2015. But the main story from Lima was in what it told us about the political dynamics to Paris and how open...

Posted on: 29/01/2015  | 

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Luigi Carafa

Research Fellow

CIDOB

‘Key benchmarks for success or failure in Paris: Finance, implementation and compliance mechanisms’ The overall official goal of the Paris COP21 is to agree upon a post-2020 climate regime that should keep global warming below 2°C. I am very confident that a global climate agreement will come out of Paris. The political costs...

Posted on: 28/01/2015  | 

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Philip Insall

Director of Health

Sustrans

Why don’t human beings make wiser choices? Why are climate emissions still rising? Why are more children obese than ever before? Policy makers and climate experts shake our heads: if only people would choose low emissions and healthy lifestyles.  How can we make that happen? In the UK, the government’s in-house think tank on...

Posted on: 23/01/2015  | 

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Richard Black

Director

Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

'Realistic expectations' The Paris deal is not going to curb emissions enough to meet the agreed target of keeping global warming below 2 Celsius. The idea of a comprehensive negotiated deal able to do that was buried at Copenhagen. Ever since then it’s been about individual governments setting out how much they are prepared to do,...

Posted on: 22/01/2015  | 

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Liz Gallagher

Programme Leader

E3G

The road from Peru to Paris is littered with hazards and distractions, but round the bend there’s something worth the drive. The backdrop to Lima was a series of announcements building political momentum towards a global deal in Paris. The United Nations’ Secretary General’s (UNSGs) Climate Summit, the watershed agreement between...

Posted on: 22/01/2015  | 

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Brent Patterson

Political Director

Council of Canadians

The COP 21 climate summit in Paris will begin about six weeks after the October 19th federal election in Canada. Voters in this country will therefore have a chance to vote on Prime Minister Stephen Harper's climate record at a critical juncture in history as science - and without exaggeration the survival of the planet - demands a substantive...

Posted on: 22/01/2015  | 

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