By Joshua Busby
At the Conference of the Parties (COP23) to the U.N. Convention on Climate Change, held Nov. 6-17 in Bonn, Germany, nongovernmental and state groups remained committed to the climate-change mitigation goals of the Paris agreement. (Courtesy of Joshua Busby)
I spent last week at the COP23 climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany. Even before the delegates and observers go home, we can predict the outcome: not too much.
For supporters of the Paris agreement, that is a best-case scenario but also dispiriting. Here are three things we’ve learned from the conference:
1) The status quo is stable, for now
This year’s conference of parties (COP) was to be an interim technical meeting to elaborate the “Paris rule book” before it is finalized next year. However, after President Trump’s announcement in June that the United States would withdraw from the agreement, COP23 took on added political significance.
All other parties, including China, India and the European Union, reaffirmed their commitments. A host of U.S. governors, mayors and nonstate actors also struck a defiant pose. A variety of …read more
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