CARIBBEAN CLIMATE JUSTICE NEWSWIRE
ANTILLEAN (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
Notwithstanding the several compromises, CARICOM called the Agreement a resounding triumph of multilateralism. James Fletcher, the St. Lucian minister with responsibility for sustainable development, said that “perhaps for the first time in a long time, Caribbean and other SIDS felt that our concerns were being heard”.
AMANDA LITTLE, THE NEW YORKER (10 DECEMBER,2015)
“Right now, we have in Paris more global leaders in one place at one time than ever before in history,” Steyer told me. “That alone delivers a message to businesses that whoever is doing this, whoever is on the cutting edge in terms of providing the technology and services for this global project—they’re going to be giant. And whoever continues doing business as usual will wither.”
CHRIS MOONEY, THE WASHINGTON POST (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
The Paris climate-change conference was supposed to be about the needs of big countries and what they are willing to do to slow the warming of Earth’s atmosphere. But in the end, the two weeks of sometimes round-the-clock negotiations focused at least as much on some of the smallest, most defenseless nations whose very existence could hinge on the outcome of the talks.
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CARBON BRIEF (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
The final draft of the Paris deal includes a temperature limit of “well below 2C”, and says there should be “efforts” to limit it to 1.5C. This is stronger than many countries had hoped just months previously, but falls short of the desires of many island and vulnerable nations, which had pushed for 1.5C as an absolute limit.
ANTILLEAN (12 DECEMBER, 2015)
On the final day of the Paris climate summit, the CARICOM delegation seems certain that it will receive text in the Summit’s final outcome document that legally binds states to reduce global emissions to a level that will limit long-term temperature increase to no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius over current levels.
ERIC HOLTHAUS, SLATE (11 DECEMBER, 2015)
Thanks to tweets and a rogue Google Doc from inside last night’s talks, we now know a lot more about what that final text might include when it emerges on Saturday. The negotiations seem to be taking a “build it and they will come” approach, hoping to signal urgency to the global private sector that the era of fossil fuels must end very soon, rather than command national-level emission reductions via international law, as previous climate talks have tried, and failed, to accomplish.
TIM MCDONNELL, MOTHER JONES (10 DECEMBER, 2015)
The whole Paris accord risks losing credibility if it comes up with a really ambitious target and no way to reach it.
FIONA HARVEY, THE GUARDIAN (11 DECEMBER, 2015)
Climate finance – to help poor countries cut emissions and cope with the effects of extreme weather – is a key sticking point at the Paris climate change talks. Poor countries were promised in 2009 that at least $100bn (£66bn) would flow to them by 2020, and proof that this will be fulfilled is a pre-requisite for them to sign any agreement.