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COP21 ended with an agreement that is at once both historic, important – and inadequate
It’s a tall order - especially when it’s spelled out on the Eiffel Tower.
How will the world actually deliver on the Paris climate ambition to hold global warming to no more than 1.5℃? It's a tough scientific and technical challenge.
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Countries have signed up to the Paris climate deal, but they have not yet promised the necessary cuts to emissions.
The climate will change, no matter what's agreed in Paris.
Even oil and gas companies have now started calling for a global carbon tax.
Even oil companies have started asking for a price on carbon, not least because it could help them avoid other, stricter forms of regulation.
1.5 or 2 degrees? What matters is how we get there.
Stephane Mahe / Reuters
The media prefers positive stories to the traditional doom and gloom of climate coverage.
The first ever ‘red alert’ day in Beijing: reducing air pollution is one of the primary reasons for government action on climate change.
The US-China relationship is crucial to any global deal on climate change. How strong is their common commitment to working on climate change, and can it last?
Saleemul Huq (left) says the world’s vision should be to help everyone with climate change - even the very poorest.
A majority of countries want visionary action rather than pragmatism at the Paris climate talks, says the International Institute for Environment and Development's Saleemul Huq.
Severe floods in Chennai. How should developing countries hold richer countries to financial commitments to adapt to climate change?
How to ensure rich countries will live up to their promises of money and carbon emissions cuts? Developing countries need to look to the Allies' unified strategy in World War II.
Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters
Things can change disturbingly quickly – just ask the people who once farmed the Sahara.
Robinson: ‘Climate change is a threat multiplier.’
UN special envoy and former Irish president Mary Robinson talks to leading experts about the 2015 Paris climate negotiations.
Ahead of the Paris climate summit, protesters in the Philippines march for climate justice.
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A narrow debate of what countries should pay to respond to climate change obscures a bigger moral discussion that touches on economics, ethics and people's relationship to the natural world.
Should goods from high-carbon countries be hit with an import tax?
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How to hit rogue countries where it really hurts – in the wallet.
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Advertising takeovers and creative forms of disobedience are some of the few means left to contest who is allowed to maintain a public voice at COP21.
Shoes in Place de la Republique - Climate of Peace #climat2paix. Photo taken by John Englart in Paris on November 29.
An analysis of social media shows climate activists have seized on the Paris climate talks to spread the word, but dialogue with oil and gas industry is absent.
Developing countries can expect much better outcomes from the Paris climate change talks compared with Copenhagen six years ago.
African countries stand a good chance at COP21 of getting their ideas across. There will also be a better opportunity for these countries to access climate finance.
Erik De Castro/Reuters
A key sticking point may be resolved at the Paris climate talks: but at what cost to developing countries?
Fears are growing that the Paris climate negotiators are making a hash of it.
At the halfway mark in the Paris climate talks, progress is still frustratingly slow as the negotiations risk falling prey to old stalling tactics.