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COP24 and Paris Agreement

COP24 and Paris Agreement 4 December 2018

As Poland hosts climate talks, Paris agreement looks frayed (via The Irish Times)

By Kevin O’Sullivan

Three years after the Paris agreement on climate change was agreed, the annual gathering of 195 signatory countries was scheduled to finalise a rulebook for delivery and to push on with implementation.

The framework is the annual conference of the parties known as the COP; in this case COP24 in Katowice, Poland, which opens on Monday.

Governments in climate denial – under–delivery from the committed, and chilling scientific reports confirming the scale of damage to the planet from climate change– have diffused optimism.

The recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report demonstrated the vulnerabilities, impacts and risks of further global warming. This is against a background of record global temperatures, rising emissions, accelerating extreme weather events and time running out to stave off worst–case scenarios.

Parties are likely to agree on rules under the agreement; the US excluded. This relates not only to promises by individual states set for 2025 and 2030, but also long–term goals.

Read more via The Irish Times…