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Is the Paris Climate Agreement a Turning Point ?

The COP21 just ended in Paris with a bold and historic agreement signed by 184 countries. Some experts commenting on the text have presented the agreement as a turning point. Is this the case? Prior to the start of the … Continue reading

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Historic Paris climate pact reached – experts react

As an author of this publication, I am taking the liberty to repost this article under the Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives licence. Republished from theconversation.com December 12, 2015 1.45pm EST Job done: COP21 president Laurent Fabius. Reuters/Stephane Mahe After two … Continue reading

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Climate Change may affect us All in the Long-term: Fate of Stranded Fossil Fuel Assets

Representatives from the finance world have come to the Paris conference in unusually large numbers. While representing diverse groups, most of them have been working on some aspects of climate financial investments for many years. So, they still represent a … Continue reading

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Sneak preview of Exxon Potential Trial for “Climate Crimes”

On Saturday Dec 5, in the Paris suburb of Montreuil, away from the COP 21 main venue in Le Bourget, a mock trial of Exxon took place. Organized by several environmental organizations, it offered, in a theatrical form, a well-scripted … Continue reading

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Scientific education … A social experiment in the Paris subway

Coming back from COP 21 in Paris on Wednesday in the packed RER B – the surburban subway that takes the participants to the COP21 in Le Bourget from downtown Paris – the train stops abruptly at station Gare du … Continue reading

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Four climate scientists talk about Nuclear Energy in Paris

Thursday at their press conference on nuclear energy at COP 21, well-known climate scientists Drs. Jim Hansen (formerly NASA, now Columbia University), Ken Caldeira (Stanford University), Kerry Emanuel (MIT) and Tom Wigley (Adelaide University), presented and discussed what they called … Continue reading

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COP21 Opening Statements – A framework full of expectations

Both French President Francois Hollande and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon made extremely fervent opening speeches in support for the COP21. The two speeches stressed the leaders’ high expectations from the representatives of the more than 150 nations gathered in … Continue reading

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The Sun that connects us all

The international solar alliance – an initiative proposed jointly by India’s Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and by French President, Francois Hollande – was presented on the first day of the COP21 (November 30) to show its importance. The idea of … Continue reading

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Women’s role in the climate solutions

Women are often on the frontlines of the changing climate, particularly in developing countries. The impacts of climate change like drought, floods, extreme weather, incidence of disease, food and water insecurity and deforestation threaten their livelihood and their lives. Climate … Continue reading

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Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) coming short of what is needed. What else then?

Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) identifies the actions a national government intends to take under the climate deal to be agreed in Paris this coming December. Aggregated, the INDCs from all the countries form the basis of post-2020 global emissions … Continue reading

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