After two week of the UN climate talks, disputes over a key climate target put Nepal’s glaciers at risk.
The parties failed to reach consensus to welcome the recent IPCC report at COP24. Keeping the climate crisis in view, at COP21, parties agreed to limit the temperature to well below 2ºC above pre-industrial levels; and to limit the increase to 1.5ºC. And during COP 24 at Katowice, parties are working together to create Paris Rulebook, for guiding implementation of Paris Agreement.
This year’s climate conference in Poland, also known as COP24, was again of great importance. The direction for the further course of global change was meant to be set there and the task was to draw up a set of rules to implement the Paris Agreement.
When Saudi Arabia calls for waiting on including the 6th IPCC report, because of some “gaps” in the 5th report, it makes me wonder what image of scientists people have. Science is no absolute verity and will never be. Experiments and predictions, especially about climate change, can be wrong. There are always uncertainties and gaps, do you remember Popper’s concept of falsifiability?
Climate change is happening and its dire consequences are increasing at an alarming rate. At the similar rate, climate change conferences are happening one after another. Every year, Governments across the world, as parties to UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) convene for the most important of climate change conferences, called Conference of Parties (COP). UNFCCC 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris in 2015, regarded as an important milestone in nowadays climate talks, followed by Bonn Climate Change conference (COP23), recently held Bangkok Climate Change Conference as well as Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) and upcoming COP24 in Katowice, Poland. These conferences are trying to bring political will and momentum to its best, driven by labyrinth of environmental, social, political economic dimensions.
The urgency of climate action in the preparation of COP24
This article is written by Birte Kurbjeweit.
With the Paris Agreement governments worldwide have committed themselves to keep global warming “well below 2°C” and to aim for 1.5°C. The latter, tougher goal was a victory for small island states and other countries at the forefront of climate change impacts. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now published the first draft of its special report on the chances for and impacts of a 1.5°C global warming. The draft report has been published as a first version to be reviewed by experts and policymakers and is thus subject to change. Consequently, the conclusions drawn from this leaked report have to be considered in this regard. The final report will be released in September 2018. What consequences can be drawn from the evidence in this report for the 48th Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies taking place from April 30th till May 10th in Bonn? Which action is needed?