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Postcards from Paris: A diary from the UN climate talks (Day 11)

 

Postcards from Paris 

I’m in Paris for the UN climate talks, which run from 30 November to 11 December 2015. I’ll be regularly tweeting and blogging. If you find this blog interesting please feel to share it. 

DAY 11 (Thursday 9 December 2015)

The climate talks are creeping slowly toward the finish line. So slowly in fact that they now won’t conclude until Saturday, says the French COP Presidency.

After a very, very long wait, the latest draft text appeared at 9pm.  While it could be much stronger, the door is still open to increase ambition over time.  So as the clock ticks down, we need ministers to resolve the final outstanding issues.

WWF team in Paris examining latest text ©Lang BanksWWF team in Paris examining latest text ©Lang Banks

Importantly, we might be a step closer to an agreement on a review of country pledges before 2020, but the current 2019 timeframe leaves very little time for countries to enhance those pledges. We need them to do this earlier.

There’s also a big problem with the options for loss and damage in the current text.  As they currently stand, they provide little hope for people who will suffer the impacts of climate change the most.

The negotiating text now includes a goal of keeping us well below 2°C of warming and a reference to a 1.5°C temperature limit. That’s encouraging because it signals a stronger intention to cut emissions – but, as always countries still need to outline how they’ll achieve these goals.

Demonstration in Paris ©Lang BanksDemonstration in Paris ©Lang Banks

The negotiations will now continue mainly in closed sessions.  I remain hopeful that our key issues will be fully addressed by the end of COP.

 For all the latest on the climate talks be sure to follow @LangBanks on Twitter.

You can also read previous ‘Postcards form Paris here:  DAY 0DAYS 1&2DAYS 3&4DAYS 5&6DAYS 7&8DAY 9, DAY 10.

 

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