Live and Ongoing Coverage of COP21

Follow along on this page for our latest news on COP21 and the Paris Agreement

Held Nov. 30 through Dec. 11, 2015, the COP21 climate talks brought world leaders from nearly 200 countries to Paris to discuss a global climate agreement. Adopted on Dec. 12, the Paris Agreement is now making its way through the process to become legally binding.

A total of 175 nations signed the Paris Agreement on Earth Day of 2016, and 15 parties formally joined the agreement. In order for the agreement to go into effect and become legally binding, at least 55 countries representing 55 percent of global emissions need to formally join.

Keep an eye on this page to track our coverage of the process.

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U.S. and China Joined the Paris Agreement: So, What’s Next?

These two big buy-ins mean the Paris Agreement is more likely to be ratified this year, or even as soon as this month.…
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U.S. and China Ratify Paris Agreement: A Tipping Point?

This momentous announcement tips the balance toward a quick entry into force of the Agreement by the end of 2016 — if not…
The Paris Agreement was formally adopted by the U.N. Conference of Parties (COP) in December.

3p Weekend: The Climate Deadline No One Is Talking About (Yet)

As the Paris Agreement continues its slow march through legislatures around the world, there's one impending deadline no one is talking about --…
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Philippines Investigates Carbon Majors’ Role in Climate Change

In a move the governments of other developing countries will watch closely, the Philippines issued a complaint directed at 47 of the world’s…
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Climate Change and Sustainable Investing: How Investors Can Make a Difference

How can investors help the world meet targets set in the Paris Agreement? From impact investing to low-carbon portfolios, a number of options…
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3p Weekend: Why The Republican Platform Should Concern Environmentalists

EPA? Who needs it? Keep it in the ground? Pfft... forget that. Carbon tax? Hell no! These gems and more sum up why…
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China Accused of Rapidly Building Coal Plants, Despite Climate Promises

China is on pace to open one new coal-fired plant a week until 2020, says Greenpeace, despite its promises to boost renewables and…
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Considering Ontario’s Climate Change Solution

This summer, Ontario solidified a five-year action plan to promote clean energy and support the long-term shift to a low-carbon economy. Critics say…
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Peña Nieto to Ottawa.

‘Three Amigos’ Canada, U.S. and Mexico Forge Clean Energy and Climate Goals

The U.S., Canada and Mexico took a huge step yesterday in setting new goals to combat climate change. Agreements signed by the three…
Last week, business and government leaders gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss public-private collaboration on climate action.

U.N. Global Compact Leaders Summit: Let’s Build a Better World … Together

Last week, business and government leaders gathered at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to discuss public-private collaboration on climate action.
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Space-Based Monitoring Adds to Carbon Reduction Toolkit

The American OCO-2 satellite orbits the Earth every 99 minutes to pinpoint the origin of carbon emissions -- and similar systems are on…
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Q&A On Climate Leadership With Activist Pioneer Bill McKibben

Environmentalist pioneer Bill McKibben spoke with TriplePundit about the political barriers that threaten climate change policy as we approach the November elections.
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Businesses Must Respect Human Rights for a Fair Transition to a Renewable Future

As companies and governments strengthen their commitments to renewable energy, they must also strengthen their respect of human rights to ensure a fast…
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Map Shows Where Fossil Fuels Should Stay in the Ground

We know that we need to keep the vast majority of fossil fuels in the ground in order to limit global warming to…
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Transparency Can Help Developing Countries Implement the Paris Agreement

At the climate talks in Bonn, Germany, governments and civil-society groups announced a transparency initiative to help developing countries meet their climate goals.