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Guest Editorial: Sir Geoffrey Palmer

What follows is a guest editorial from Sir Geoffrey Palmer. Sir Geoffrey is a former Prime Minister of New Zealand, former Minister for the Environment, and is currenly a Distinguished Fellow at the Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Law. Who

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Guest Editorial: James Renwick

The view of a scientist and IPCC Lead Author The Paris Agreement is a great achievement and the most positive thing to come out of the COP negotiations to date. The call for transparency, continual ratcheting up of emissions targets, and the

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Guest editorial: Klaus Bosselmann

The ‘historic’ Paris Agreement has been welcomed as ambitious and promising by just about everyone commenting on it. Given what is at stake, some wishful thinking may have played its part: the new climate deal is too important to fail.

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Procedural Requirements in the Paris text

Section L is the final chapter of the Paris text. It primarily addresses the procedures around treaty implementation. It also contains other miscellaneous provisions, such as institutions and immunities. Overall, what has been suggested reflects fairly standard procedures. Institutions: Section

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February Negotiating Text – analysis index

The Draft Paris Text [A] Preamble | en français [B] Definitions | en français [C] General / Objective | en français [D] Mitigation | en français [E] Adaptation and loss and damage [F] Finance [G] Technology Development and Transfer [H] Capacity-building [I] Transparency [J] Time frames [K] Facilitating

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The Co-Chairs (unofficial) draft text: a breakdown

The Co-Chairs ‘non-paper’ (released October 5) is split into two parts: The ‘Draft Agreement’, which contains the core, legally binding provisions set to come into force in 2020; and the corresponding ‘Draft decision’, the most recent in a long line

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Progress in Friday’s bridging text

Two new texts have been released this morning: a compilation text (within which the draft agreement is down from 26 to 23 pages ), and a bridging text where co-chairs have attempted to clarify some of the options which is

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The penultimate draft

At 9:30pm on Friday, the COP president Laurent Fabius released an updated “Draft Paris Outcome.” The text is now down to 27 pages (including the Draft Agreement and the COP Decision) and a mere 50 brackets. Options remain but the end appears in

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