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Darnell Hanson

Days 7-8: sitting tight

The second week of negotiations are progressing on time – supposedly. Civil society has no access to any of the negotiation spin-off groups whatsoever, so information is limited. On Sunday the COP has split into four minister-led consultation groups to work

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Darnell Hanson

Days 9-10

The second week of COP21 has been extended until Saturday. The draft Agreement released on Wednesday was welcomed by all parties as a good compromise, although it contained unresolved cross-cutting issues (finance, differentiation and ambition/review). Loss and damage, unchanged in the text, is

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Darnell Hanson

The Final Day

The monumental climate conference in Paris is now officially over and the new pact, which commits all countries to cut greenhouse gas emissions, has been approved by the Conference of the Parties. The brand new Paris Agreement will enter into force

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Darnell Hanson

An Introduction to the Zero Carbon Act

The Paris Agreement is a curious one. Ostensibly, it commits to keeping the rise of global temperature well below two degrees. At the same time, it contains little binding international law capable of delivering on its promise. All Paris demands

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Darnell Hanson

The Complexity of Negotiations in Marrakech

Having finally experienced first hand the difficulties of negotiations, I understand why the process is a slow one. On Friday I watched a negotiation on the point of gender in the agreement. As the final negotiation, it was meant to

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COP22- Highs and Lows of Days 1, 2 and 3

The first day of COP included only one shock event- Turkey’s request for more money. The G77 (a conglomerate of developing nations) have long been requesting more money for adaptation, mitigation and capacity building. The technicalities of Annex one and two countries

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Guest Editorial: Nathan Ross

The Paris Agreement: A Tale of Two Interpretations On the 13th of December (NZ time), the world agreed to the text of new international law about climate change: the Paris Agreement. On the 14th of December, New Zealand’s Prime Minister

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Guest Editorial: Betsan Martin

COP21 – A Pivotal Agreement COP 21 is pivotal for creating a platform for global co-operation on climate. Affirming the target of 2 degrees, ‘and pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 degrees’, is key to keeping stronger

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