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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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.
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Trump Can’t Derail Paris Climate Agreement

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump says he would renegotiate the U.N. global climate deal, or at least America’s role in it. Meanwhile, Trump…
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Bonn Climate Talks Set to Work Out COP21 Details

Despite all of the attention garnered by the December COP21 climate talks in Paris, the follow-up meeting this week in Bonn, Germany --…
Many of America's biggest strides in clean energy and energy efficiency happened in the absence of federal policy.

Climate Action Lessons the Developing World Can Borrow from the U.S.

What key climate-action lessons can developing countries derive from the U.S.? Paritosh (Pari) Kasotia of the Solar Foundation breaks it down. Spoiler alert:…
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the Climate Action Summit 2016 in Washington D.C.

3p Weekend: 150+ Companies Commit to Science-Based Targets

More than 150 companies are now committed to ambitious emissions-reduction targets that align with the global effort to limit warming to "well below"…
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry signs the Paris Agreement, with his 2-year-old granddaughter Isabelle Dobbs-Higginson on his lap and U.N. Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon looking on.

4 Ways to Cross the Paris Agreement Finish Line

What will it take to make the Paris Agreement legally binding? Eliza Northrop, an international environmental lawyer focused on the design and implementation…
Today world leaders from 175 countries gathered in the United Nations General Assembly hall in New York to formally sign the Paris Agreement.

3p Weekend: Your Cheat Sheet to the Paris Agreement Signing

Since no one wants to be a step behind at the office happy hour, we gathered up a cheat sheet to today's signing…
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Climate Action: Steps Toward a Great Transition

As people around the world celebrate Earth Day and world leaders gather in New York to sign the Paris Agreement, 3p's Tom Schueneman…
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The Paris Agreement: What It Means for Business

Heads of state from more than 195 nations are invited to formally sign the Paris Agreement on Friday in New York City. The…
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China, U.S. to Sign Historic Climate Agreement on Friday

One of the biggest steps post-COP21 will happen this Friday, April 22, at the United Nations' headquarters in New York, where representatives from…
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Papua New Guinea First Nation to Submit Post-COP21 Climate Plan

The first nation to actually submit its NDCs is Papua New Guinea, a nation of 7 million people that shares a massive island…
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Scientific Consensus is Not an Effective Argument for Climate Action

“Scientific consensus” is not a convincing argument for getting people to be serious about climate change and the need for action.
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U.S. and Canada Promise More Cooperation on Climate Change

In a joint statement, U.S. President Barack Obama and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledged to work closely together on climate change, clean…
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U.S. Pays First $500 Million to Green Climate Fund

This week the Obama administration paid the first installment of its $3 billion commitment to help developing nations tackle climate change risks.
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Groups Call For Green Climate Fund To Reject Banks Linked to Coal

More than 170 civil society groups worldwide have a message for the Green Climate Fund, the financial mechanism of the Paris climate agreement.…
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