COP24 – recap, and how the Center is moving forward with climate solutions

COP24 largely missed the chance to propel the world toward climate solutions commensurate with the scale of the problem. Even the location of the U.N. climate conference – in Katowice, a coal-producing city in Poland – symbolizes the gnarly challenges to protecting the climate.

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Below is a recap of the talks.


by Hurriyet Daily News

Nations on Dec. 16 struck a deal to breathe life into the landmark 2015 Paris climate treaty after marathon U.N. talks that failed to match the ambition the world’s most vulnerable countries need to avert dangerous global warming.

Delegates from nearly 200 states finalized a common rule book designed to deliver the Paris goals of limiting global temperature rises to well below 2 degrees Celsius.

“Putting together the Paris agreement work program is a big responsibility,” said COP24 president Michal Kurtyka as he gaveled through the deal after talks in Poland that ran deep into overtime.

“It has been a long road. We did our best to leave no one behind.”

But states already dealing with devastating floods, droughts and extreme weather made worse by climate change said the package agreed in the mining city of Katowice lacked the bold ambition to cut emissions the world needed.

Read more: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/nations-agree-milestone-rulebook-for-paris-climate-treaty-139764

Ann Hancock

Ann Hancock is the Chief Strategist for The Climate Center. She co-founded the organization in 2001.
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