The Paris Climate Negotiations: Can we Turn Down the Global Thermostat?
||Nov 19, 2015
||8:00 AM (Thu) - 9:30 AM (Thu)
National Press Club
529 14th Street NW
It’s crunch time. Starting in late November, the 21st meeting of the Council of Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations’ Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Paris to deliberate on how countries can individually and collectively mitigate global climate change. The parties have committed to limiting global increases to 2 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, but at their last major conference in Doha, their GHG commitments fell far short of doing so. For decades, there has been considerable tension between developed countries and developing countries, among other fault lines, but this COP meeting seems tangibly different. Notably, the U.S., the E.U., China and India have all made meaningful proposals and introduced programs for reducing GHGs, and many “second tier” emitters have made advance commitments. Even the Pope has weighed in, adding his moral authority to this effort.
So the critical question is: this time are we on the verge of an agreement that can stick, and begin to “bend the curve” on GHGs, or are we just going to kick the can down the road again? What hangs in the balance is whether we will face growing and serious threats to the health, safety and security of life on our planet.
Come hear Bob Perciasepe, a regular participant in these negotiations, as he handicaps the negotiations and informs us about what will be the “make or break” issues in Paris this time.