5 Things You Need to Know About the Upcoming Paris Climate Talks

Written by on November 16, 2015 in Climate Change, Environment, Preparedness with 20 Comments

Paris COP21

By Christine Ottery and Ruth Davis | Eco Watch

1) What is COP21?

Between Nov. 30 and Dec. 11 politicians and global leaders from more than 190 countries will be involved in the United Nations 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21). They’re meeting in Paris to try and agree on a global legally binding climate treaty.

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2) Why is it important?

The goal of the talks are to agree on a plan that will avoid the worst impacts of climate change, such as more severe droughts, floods and storms. In practice, that means getting us on track to keep global warming below 2C—this is the agreed threshold that we must not let the planet’s warming exceed if we are to avoid catastrophic effects of climate change.

Some nations are already feeling the impacts of climate change even now, at the current level of just under 1C of warming on average. There are already people being officially called climate refugees, and conflicts exacerbated by climate change and extreme weather caused by climate change is on the increase. COP21 is also about supporting vulnerable countries and communities in adapting to the impacts of climate change that are happening right now.

Some nations, including an alliance of small islands, think the 2C threshold is too high and are advocating that we should stay within 1.5C of warming, which is the level of warming we may already be locked into.

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3)  So what do we hope to come out of the talks?

We hope an internationally legally binding treaty comes out of the climate talks. Not a declaration or other empty promises, but something that legally binds nations and holds them to their commitment.

In order to achieve this, UN diplomats asked for more preparation to be done beforeCOP21 and a contribution from all states is required.

That’s where Intended Nationally Determined Contributions—or INDCs—come in. These are the pledges that countries responsible for more than 80 percent of emissions have made towards emissions reductions in advance of the talks.

However, these aren’t legal commitments—they are more like indications of intentions for the155 countries that have submitted them. But one of the aims of COP21 is to try and get parties to agree to a level of legal “bindingness” at Paris.

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While the INDCs submitted currently don’t add up to us staying within 2C of warming (according to a UNFCCC analysis), they are a good start. That’s because the INDCs signify what the biggest polluters—including the U.S., China, Europe and India—are willing to do to tackle global climate change. But the important thing is that there will need to be a mechanism thatreviews INDCs and ratchets up climate ambition after Paris, which will need to be agreed to at the talks.


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  1. 10205107276697500@facebook.com' Jeff Dunn says:

    Climate changes,its called seasons

  2. 1519605248356884@facebook.com' Elken Alei says:

    No matter what had caused climate change..people desire to live will never change. That is our infinity . Our culture of living . And that the reason we born in the world . We chose it in spirit of determined to explore the means of life.

  3. 1068483829842891@facebook.com' Nathan Dunning says:

    Its fake.Remember when it was called global warming? Ofcourse he climate is going to change.Wow every body we have an emergency. The climate is changing(As it has for billuons years) and it’s all peoples fault.So the new Global government (UN)Is going to tax everyone.Perhaps this tenth planet in the solar system is effecting weather on every planet in our system including our sun? Just a thought

  4. 127005223979022@facebook.com' The Calling says:

    War is the worst environmental contaminant in human history.

  5. 10153753908754846@facebook.com' Rick Harbeck says:

    climate talks should stop terrorism….talk talk talk

  6. 1659016861005872@facebook.com' Sunny Quiahua says:

    Thanks for the info

  7. 1515718818720914@facebook.com' Kathy Oconnell says:

    Not gonna happen!

  8. 1515718818720914@facebook.com' Kathy Oconnell says:

    Nathan is correct….you …the rest…nutzos

  9. 10102448785321399@facebook.com' Jon DiNo says:

    What about the fact that we Live on a chaotic planet within a Solar System within a Universe… Weather on this planet has FAR more to do with where we are in the cosmos, than who burns fossil fuels… WAKE UP.. CLimate Change is now being used to usher in Global Government… that is its true purpose

  10. 10153728236331667@facebook.com' Tammy McIvor says:

    Stop geoengineering, the climate change thing is just another government tactic.

  11. 948269018550273@facebook.com' Jeffryn Norwood says:

    When are they having the Grimm’s and Mother Goose’s Fairytale summit to figure out how to save Unicorns!

  12. 1223078001042879@facebook.com' C EL Iah says:

    page not found… 🙁

  13. 470185079819312@facebook.com' David Middlemiss says:

    Plant A Global Garden

    You And I Are Global Citizens

    Currently Over 2 billion Deaths




    END ALL war victims



    Dissolution Of Centralised Governance, Empowered People’s, Communities
    Selfless Self Governance

    The REAL Option

    Real People Solving Community Issues, Locally, Globally

    Remember The Promise,
    Turn Poppies WHITE

    Please Share and Make Peace Your Communities Priority

    Create PEACE Globally,

    Write To Your Local Rep, Councillor, MP

    Unite The Light That Each Of Us Is
    For Nature, For Communiverse, For Earth,
    For Humanity


    The True PEACE Promised By Each And Every Country, Each Government, All The Worlds Peoples, Our Fathers And Mothers, Sisters And Brothers
    Must Be Created NOW!!!
    It Is Us That Will Bring This To Life
    To Honour The Fallen With The Truth They Were Told, To Honour The Innocent, To Honour Their Names With The PEACE They Each Were PROMISED, For Their Children, Their Children’s Children
    There Are No Soldiers,
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    No Governments,
    Only Victims
    war victimises The Global Community
    All Rights Must Be Re Gained
    Criminalise war, Sanction waring Countries, With Reparation Orders, Turn Armies Purely To Aid, Repair, Rebuild Lives Countries
    Spend The Multiple Billions Each Year Spent On death and destruction On Life, On The

    Promised PEACE,

  14. 548011655345899@facebook.com' Will G Tankersley says:

    When darkness comes upon you turn to the light!
    This was meant to demoralize & conquer! As they continue to do all over the world! A Direct slap in the face of the statue of liberty & all she stands for! This salvation through Christ is a holy gift of equality! Great & Glorious ADONAI I pray the Blood of Christ over everyone! Holy Spirit comfort all affected by this senseless act of misguided free will! May we all embrace Christ Jesus & his values @ this horrible time! & his sacrifice for our eternal lives! May we all reflect our understanding of his life & values within ours! In Jesus name amen!

  15. 10153063573508531@facebook.com' Jonathan Carson says:

    If your a believer or a denier it is irrelevant. What is needed right now is a stronger global economy, with jobs and infrastructure in renewables to help slow down human degradation of the planet.

  16. 190337661305533@facebook.com' Alan Waska says:

    Pffft, they can’t stop terrorism but they’re going to stop the climate from changing…..tell them they’re dreaming.

  17. 10207085066577747@facebook.com' Amy Fordham says:

    It’d be great if they stopped modifying the weather!

  18. mjpahiisb@gmail.com' pagan says:

    wonderful!. perfect!. many other things!

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