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

When Loss and Damage is as good as it gets (reflections on Warsaw)

You know you’re in trouble when – the Warsaw international mechanism on “loss and damage” is as good as it gets. The climate negotiations the ended last week in the Polish capital launched a mechanism. Loss and Damage (L&D) is what happens when you can no longer adapt to impacts. The damages of typhoon Haiyan were a striking reminder how extreme events can lead to irreparable losses. And in the final hours, well beyond finishing time, negotiators did agree a… Read moreWhen Loss and Damage is as good as it gets (reflections on Warsaw)