More than two decades have passed since the first Conference of the Parties (COP) meeting on climate change. There is a long history and a more than a bit of complexity associated with these climate negotiations. Despite outstanding issues that have yet to be resolved it is expected that this is the year when we will finally secure a global climate agreement. Here are some resources that help explain and contextualize the momentous history unfolding in Paris.
The New York Times has a good article that provides short answers to commonly asked questions about climate change. Triple Pundit has produced a brief primer on the history of COP21 and the Guardian has a chronological history of events leading up to COP21. The Guardian also has an interactive tool that enables users to assess the emissions impact of each country. Here is a summary of the final round of climate talks prior to the start of COP21.
Climate Home published a COP21 Guide by Ed King and Earthhour has produced a very accessible guide called Decoding the ABC’s of COP21. Another guide has been published by the BBC, it is called the Beginners Guide to COP21. The financial Times also has a guide by the same name and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) has produced a COP21 guide for investors.
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