Tuesday, December 18, 2018

COP24 concludes with delegates reaching consensus on how to implement the Paris Climate Agreement

Delegates to COP24, the U.N. climate conference in Poland, have finished their work, apparently successfully.  Euronews reported SaturdayCOP24 announces agreement in Katowice.

The COP24 United Nations climate talks needed overtime and frantic negotiations to succeed, but the success now means nearly 200 nations have a rulebook to follow to implement the 2015 Paris climate accord.
Not all the details have been worked out, as Euronews also reported COP24 agreement sidesteps financial issues.

Observers give guarded welcome to climate change deal.
I suspect money will always be a sticking point.

Even though President Trump has pulled the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Agreement, prompting criticism and mockery from The Weather Channel, Elon Musk, John Oliver, and French President Emmanuel Macron, the U.S. will not formally leave until 2020 and an American delegation to the conference participated in the negotiations.  PBS NewsHour reported on the conference and especially the U.S. role in them in How a global effort could deliver solutions on climate change.

In Poland, a U.N. climate conference concluded with consensus on several ways to achieve the Paris Agreement's goal of limiting global temperature increases. But with a lack of U.S. support, is the progress enough? Nat Keohane, senior vice president of the Environmental Defense Fund, joins William Brangham to discuss international transparency, renewable energy and "urgency" around climate change.
Given that the conference started with a report stating that humans weren't doing enough to slow down climate change, it was an encouraging outcome, one that prompts me to repeat what I wrote when the Paris Agreement was being negotiated three years ago.
[T]he not good enough but better than nothing solution that Grist predicted will be ratified.  I'm enough of a realist that I'll take better than nothing now in the hope of getting good enough later.
It's still not good enough, but I think it's getting better.  Here's to that progress continuing.

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