COP22: Action COP

COP 22 was hosted by King Mohammed VI in Morocco in November 2016. Around 500 heads of state and government ministers attended. It was the first meeting after the implementation of the Paris Agreement. COP21 was seen as a breakthrough for devising a global climate manifesto; the Paris Agreement. COP22 was seen as ‘action COP’, where the logistics of the Paris Agreement were firmed up. We have selected some of our favourite triumphs and outcomes of COP22. In no particular order:     Useful links: Marrakech Action Proclamation Under2 Coalition Climate Vulnerable Forum Green Climate Fund Global Climate Action

Key Facts for Future Climate – COP21

COP21 – Paris Climate Conference 30th November to 11th December 2015 Key facts for future climate    What is COP21? And who is involved? COP21 has involved two weeks of talks between government officials from around the world. The goals are: To agree legally-binding, global targets on cutting carbon emissions to keep global warming below 2°C. To therefore reduce the impacts of man-made global warming beyond 2020. To discuss ways of helping developing nations to continue their development in a sustainable way. There have been over 50,000 participants from governments, the United Nations (UN), and Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs). 195 countries were represented, and world leaders were present for...

Shouldn’t climate scientists try harder at communicating their findings?

Public interest in climate change has exploded over the last decade. The increased exposure of public audiences to the scientific discourse, however, is not always straightforward. By the time scientific understanding has migrated to the public domain it has often been distilled multiple times, by multiple parties. This can lead to misinterpretation of the original message. Given this, shouldn’t climate scientists try harder at communicating their findings direct to the public? This isn’t to say that science-public interaction is anything new. A great number of climate scientists already engage very effectively in science outreach through television, radio, newspapers, blogs and social media outlets, to name...