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Youth at COP21

Youth at COP21

Among the tens of thousands of visitors descending on Paris this December for COP21, a significant cohort of those will represent what has long been a marginalized, unheard, and relatively ignored group of individuals. However, for the first time, figureheads are claiming that our youth generation will play a paramount role in the fight against climate change. So how are young people acting and engaging in Paris this year?

Making History

Making History

195 nations agreed today on a framework draft of a crucial component of the UN Climate Change Negotiations. The Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP) was sent to the COP President for further negotiations. The document now serves as the draft for what will soon be an international accord on climate change, to be discussed next week by national ministries. This 48 page text will be refined and negotiated over the next five days,…

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A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

Despite what you may think, we’re not discussing climate change over lunch with Obama while Narendra Modi cracks jokes about CO2 levels. In fact, the majority of the 40,000 people that have flocked to Paris for the COP will never even witness the negotiations between world leaders. Though this is obviously a crucial part of these next two weeks, the COP has much more to offer. Some may even argue that the most important work is being done outside the…

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Carbon Pricing at COP21

Carbon Pricing at COP21

From a business perspective, carbon pricing at COP21 is arguably the most exciting news to emerge from the first few days of the conference. Day one of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris included a high-level press conference which called on the world’s governments to begin proposing carbon prices as a policy tool to dramatically impact greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Pricing Panel, convened by the World Bank president and the managing director of the International…

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Day One Inside COP21

Day One Inside COP21

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) kicked off yesterday with a high-profile Leaders Events attended by close to 150 Heads of State. Unprepared for what the next 10 days would hold, Naomi and I searched aimlessly for the entrance to receive our UN accredited observation badges. It wasn’t until a swarm of people surrounded the incoming Al Gore that we realized we were in the right place. Less than five minutes upon entering the Le Bourget conference sight and we…

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