COP 24 agreed a rule-book: Now to implement and strengthen it

The climate negotiations at COP 24 in Katowice agreed on a rulebook for future. Most of the ‘Paris rule-book’ was agreed, which is a considerable step forward in a highly uncertain political context.The rules provide some rigour, in that upfront information is made more mandatory. And the framework to enhance transparency is detailed, with a good fundamentals on tracking progress, review and starting to include some reporting on adaptation. The global stock-take provides an ambition mechanism – and will include… Read moreCOP 24 agreed a rule-book: Now to implement and strengthen it

Doha: Vague words & fuzzy numbers

The 2012 climate negotiations under the UNFCCC and its Kyoto Protocol did not quite die in the desert sands of Doha.  But they hardly took the big steps forward that are urgently needed. This kind of reflection, of incremental progress in political terms, but falling far short of what is needed, has now been the my sense for several years running. Also similar to past meetings, COP18 and CMP8 ran over time, as did Copenhagen, Cancun and Durban.  The heart… Read moreDoha: Vague words & fuzzy numbers