“It’s the final stretch of negotiations at the United Nations climate change summit, COP21, as representatives from nearly 200 countries attempt to reach a final deal before the weekend. A draft text released Wednesday has nearly 100 outstanding points of disagreement that still need to be resolved, including the role that wealthy and more advanced developing countries should play in helping vulnerable nations cope with the impacts of climate change. Civil society groups attending the summit erupted in protest over Wednesday’s draft, saying it will not go far enough to prevent catastrophic global warming. Hundreds staged a sit-in and march, marking the largest protest inside COP21 to date. “It’s completely unacceptable,” Dipti Bhatnagar of Friends of the Earth International said of the draft. “It’s going to burn our planet. It’s going to drown our Pacific islands.'” See the full article and video at Democracy Now here.
“With broad scientific agreements existing on the alarming impact of climate change, world leaders head to the climate summit with the consciousness that it can no longer be business as usual. This year, negotiators from 195 countries will head to Paris in December for the COP 21 United Nations climate negotiations with an effort to reach a universal binding climate agreement. This agreement is expected to drive ambitious actions to protect people and planet from the imminent catastrophe of climate change. With current commitments on greenhouse gas emissions to run out in 2020, the Paris climate talks is expected to produce a new agreement that at least exceeds the present commitment period by a decade. However, what some people may not be aware of is that the Paris meeting is being funded by the coal industry.” Read the full article at Leak Times Nigeria here.
“There are already thousands of folks on the ground in Paris from around the world for the global climate change negotiations that will officially get underway this coming Monday.” Read the full article at National Observer here.
“As the full extent of companies’ decades-long attempts to distort the climate debate are unveiled, some of the world’s largest corporations are in the spotlight today as citizens get the chance to vote for those most guilty of blocking climate action.” Read the full article at tcktcktck.
“La lucha contra el cambio climático está llena de momentos difíciles: en la entrada de la cumbre del 2013, en Varsovia, la capital polaca, los asistentes recibieron un bolso gris con varios logos estampados. Uno de ellos era el de Lotos, un gigante de la producción petrolera.” Read the full article at Ojo Al Clima here.
“On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, more than half a million people around the world took to the streets for the Global Climate March.” Read the full article at CNN Philippines here.
“A survey of 10 sponsors of the Paris climate summit has found that most do not publish data on their CO2 emissions, half don’t track their lifetime carbon footprint, and only one is reducing its emissions in line with the EU’s targets. ” Read the full article at The Guardian here.
“Fueling the Fire”, a new report by Corporate Accountability International, focuses on the environmental destruction and public policy interference of the leading COP21 sponsors including fossil fuel conglomerates Engie (formerly GDF Suez) and Suez Environnement, as well as global banking giant BNP Paribas and French utility Électricité de France (EDF). By detailing the corporations’ abuses to the environment and aggressive lobbying to undermine environmental policy, the report lays bare the conflict of interest inherent in allowing such sponsorship to exist. Read the full report here.
“As leaders from around the world head to Paris in December for the COP21 UN climate negotiations, they do so with the burdensome knowledge that this is it: the big year. More than 190 nations will try to reach an internationally binding climate agreement to prevent the globe from warming to catastrophic levels.” Read the full article at Desmog Canada here.