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The Language of Climate Negotiations

Anna Heyward | December 10th, 2015

COP21 is an acronym; shorthand for the 21st Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC. Another acronym, otherwise known as the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Anyone following

Australia’s Deceptive Play

Anna Heyward | December 9th, 2015

Despite its recent endorsement of limiting warming to 1.5°C, Australia is protecting its right to unchecked burning of fossil fuels. According to an independent assessment released during the Paris conference,

La hora de la verdad: Los principales bloques de la COP21

Jacqui Fetchet | December 9th, 2015

Traducción: Juan Mayorga. Lee la versión en inglés aquí. Casi 200 países se han reunido en París en busca de un acuerdo contra el cambio climático. La cumbre ha sido

Pacific Leaders Draw Line in the Sand

Kya Lal | December 8th, 2015

The Paris climate summit is breaking records and setting milestones like none before it. Speaking to a record number of world leaders and heads of governments, UN Secretary General Ban

Ecuador – COP21 Profile

admin | December 7th, 2015

Ecuador is a biodiversity hotspot, with some 25,000 species of plants and 1,600 bird species – more than double the number found in Europe. It has the most biodiversity per

Canada – COP21 Profile

admin | December 7th, 2015

In October 2015, a new national government was elected. Incoming Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged that Canada’s role in the UNFCCC will be climate positive, and that its policy

Cameroon – COP21 Profile

admin | December 7th, 2015

Cameroon, located in central Africa, is a highly biodiverse country. The Congo Basin, home to 15% of the world’s remaining tropical forests, lies partly in Cameroon. More than 8,000 species

What’s Half a Degree Between Friends?

David Gawith | December 6th, 2015

After 21 years of negotiations and a targeted five year work program culminating in a two week conference, of which one week has already passed, you might have thought the

What to Look for in the Paris Package

Hamish M | December 2nd, 2015

To help demystify the negotiations, The Verb has produced a Negotiation Compass. This language cheat sheet will help you navigate Paris with us.