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.

The Other Shoe Drops: Trump Signs Executive Order Gutting Environmental Protections

Today U.S. President Donald Trump set in motion a reversal of support for environmental protection, climate and earth science, and basic energy research.…

The Decarbonization of the Global Energy System

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) estimates carbon emissions related to energy can be cut back 70 percent by 2050 with a net-positive…

Trump Advisors Continue to Urge Climate Inaction

Rep. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), a key energy advisor to the Donald Trump administration, suggested the U.S. “use its seat at the Paris table…

European Union Toots Clean-Energy Horn with 2020 Goals in Sight

The European Union is on track to meet its 2020 clean-energy goals, and some member states have already blown past their benchmarks.

3p Weekend: 14 American Cities Tackling Climate Change Today

Despite President Donald Trump's stated plans to pull the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement, cities across the country are stepping in…

Russia and U.S.: Partners In Climate Inaction?

Closer ties between the U.S. and Russia “would open the doors for massive investment into the Russian oil and gas exploration and production,”…

No, Federal Scientists Didn’t Fake Climate Data

Last weekend an article in the Mail on Sunday, a sister publication of the British paper the Daily Mail, attempted to cast doubt…

Deutsche Bank Says It Will Stop Funding New Coal Projects

As of this week, Deutsche Bank will no longer offer new financing for coal mining or coal-fired power plant projects. The move comes…

Is It Time for the New York City Region to Plan for Permanent Flooding?

A recent report assessed the risks the greater New York City region faces if sea levels rise by one, three or six feet.…

COP22: The Spirit of Paris and the Elephant in the Room

The COP21 climate talks in Paris taught us we have the political will to come together as a global community to act on…

Emissions from Coal Flatten But Don’t Reflect Planned Increases in Use

The 2016 Global Carbon Project’s annual analysis of carbon emissions showed that contributions from coal declined by 0.28 percent during the last year.…

Businesses Send Open Letter to Trump: Don’t Drop the Ball on Climate

Last week at the COP22 talks in Morocco, a group of 365 major corporations and investors urged America's president-elect not to withdraw from…

Fossil Fuel Companies Pack Rooms at COP22

The Sierra Club and ExxonMobil are granted the same privileges under the rules governing the U.N.’s international climate change negotiations. This presents a…

John Kerry at COP22: Time is Not On Our Side

Secretary of State John Kerry pulled no punches in a speech at the COP22 climate talks -- now in their second week in…

States and Cities Rally to Tackle Climate Change at COP22

At COP22, a group of states, regions and cities committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80 percent below 1990 levels…