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Paris Climate Landscapes

Daily Postings from the 2015 UN Climate Conference

Posted by Thomas Shevory at 1:42PM   |  2 comments

Yesterday I attended the civil society demonstration held in downtown Paris, rather than head up to the official ceremony at the COP.   The conference website stated that, given expected crowds, you needed a ticket, and implied that they would difficult to get. Given that I’d probably just end up watching the video feed, it didn’t seem quite worth it.

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Posted by Thomas Shevory at 1:16AM   |  Add a comment

Here are a few random thoughts and observations while waiting to hear about a final agreement.

I went to a presentation Thursday by the U.S. on the President’s Climate Action Plan.  It included a number of officials from various government departments, including EPA...

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Posted by Thomas Shevory at 5:46AM   |  Add a comment

Wednesday I attended a side event on impacts of climate change in the Pacific region, with special attention to the small island states.  A string of slides on the projection screen showed very tangible, and often catastrophic, effects experienced by people and ecosystems in the region.   One speaker noted that carbon contributions of Pacific Island states are negligible,...

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Posted by Thomas Shevory at 5:51AM   |  3 comments

I’ve only been here for a few days, but I’m already feeling a certain fondness for the working class neighborhood on Av. Jean Jaurès, where my budget hotel is located.   Parisians have something of a reputation for snobbery, but that hasn’t been my experience.  In fact, they seem to be some of the most polite and friendliest people I’ve ever...

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Posted by Thomas Shevory at 10:06AM   |  Add a comment

The final draft agreement was supposed to be released today at 1 PM, Paris time, but it was delayed until 3.  I have to admit that it was fairly exciting to be allowed into the plenary for the formal release (before the press was allowed in.)  At one press conference I attended, one participant said to look for three things in the agreement:

First, does set a target of...

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