BREAKING: Success In Paris At The COP21 Climate Talks!

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The world now has its first universally accepted plan to limit climate change. The new agreement will reduce greenhouse gas emissions from human activities in order to curtail dangerous atmospheric warming and related climate changes.

BBC News tweet from Leo Hickman (twitter)

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BBC News reported at 3:40 am UTC Saturday (10:40 pm EST Friday) that the UN’s Paris COP21 has agreed on all aspects of a world climate treaty after two weeks of international negotiations.

Eiffel Tower lit up gold for COP21 (twitter)An official in the office of French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said “We have a text to present.” The official told the AFP news agency that the presidential draft would be presented to ministers on Saturday at 10:30 UTC. It’s now scheduled for 11:30.

The new pact will replace the non-universal Kyoto Protocol, and it will hold all 195 nations to a common reporting system. No details of the agreement have been released so far, BBC reports. However, it’s clear that negotiators have come to terms with the final thorny questions about climate finance, a transparent review process, and the long-term goal of climate amelioration.

Three other news sources have just confirmed the BBC report. We’ll present more details as they become available.

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Adieu fossil fuels! (EPA via BBC)


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26 thoughts on “BREAKING: Success In Paris At The COP21 Climate Talks!

  • Well one first step everybody agreeing and now the second step, implementation!

    Also remember we only have one planet and have to” pull on the same rope into the same direction”.

    • Another question:

      Will be there any place/site were anybody can read the whole agreement (not just the highlights)?

      • Will there be a way in this agreement to cancel all plans for mega bridges in BC that are designed to increase the flow of ICEs?

      • Yes, Martin. The translators and legal and linguistic editors are still working with it tonight. Tomorrow at 11:30 GMT Laurent Fabius will release his final text. The negotiators will either take an hour or so to read it then, or just acclaim it. Either way, count on us for more coverage and hyperlinks.

        • Yes but the world reacts to headlines, not the body of the content.

        • Thank you. 🙂

  • What?!!?!?

    Is it binding? What’s the method? What’s the agreement? When do we get details?!?
    (Definitely wasn’t expecting this…assuming it’s actual news and not just greenwashing.)

    • Will this agreement allow us to roll back the wages of the three levels of government to the year, @1956, where their ideas come from?

      • Apologies – I missed the ‘tomorrow’ reference. It’s getting late here and it’s been a long week. Caught this just before bed and didn’t read carefully enough.

      • Yeah but they did it in their sleep when only their sub-conscious minds were caring about reality not fantasy.

      • Dragon, read my earlier article today to see a couple of ideas of what “success” might really mean. To me, the greatest success lies in finally having a baseline from which to launch a 1.5-degree target, carbon pricing, and a raft of forward-looking refinements. Whatever the details, this agreement is undoubtedly not the best we can do.

        • Yes, but if you’ve ever ‘worked’ on an election, one doesn’t waste time at one door going over details, one goes as fast as one can from door to door, tipping over fence sitters, a concept not understood on this site if you’ll notice the focused attention on one or two detractors vs stepping out the door and waving a sign at 10,000 commuters. LOL.

          • We, people like us on this site, will have to work hard as well to educate people about the total benefits of this agreement:.
            1) Healthier planet for all of us humans (and all other life forms)
            (Just like EV drivers convince some ICE drivers to change to EV’s.)
            3) investments on a world scale
            Perhaps one way would be showing how/what all of us on this site have been doing personally and the money savings and benefits we have from our own choices. 🙂
            (Just like EV drivers convince some ICE drivers to change to EV’s.)

          • Something went hay wire with my post:
            2) Benefits of change (# of RE, energy efficiency jobs vs # of FF jobs

          • Good idea Martin. Money shouldn’t be a problem as 40% of European countries now have negative bank interest rates and Canada is considering the same measure. As the radio show Moneytalks said this morning, the price of oil still keeps falling and with it the Canadian dollar.
            In posh Vancouver, rated as Canada’s number one city now, the mayor’s public weekly report, (to me),mentions that 30% of the children there already live below the poverty line and 80% in the Strathcona district yet the Vancouver Sun’s front page yesterday was completely covered with an ad for a Bond type expensive watch and their no #1 radio station CKNW is peppered with ads to buy expensive diamonds for the season as they may be the only things that may last the oncoming dollar crunch/pawn shop economics.
            I’ve sent e-mails to all three levels of government here in the last 12 hours saying change your wicked ways. 😀

  • India might still throw a spanner/wrench in the works.

  • I would like to thank everybody involved with creating and lowering the price of renewables making this agreement possible, including the political work of subsidizing them to create the market and allowing it to grow and become competitive. I think this agreement was possible only because renewables are ready for prime time.

    • Yes, the pieces are now in place. Renewables are advanced enough and prices are low enough to provide us the tools. Political will is emerging, actually here in many countries.

      Going forward the task will be to accelerate. We’ll need to keep searching for better/cheaper technology and to lean on leaders to remove roadblocks and assist new technologies.

      • The better cheaper technology research and development might be best presented as the means to help go from low carbon to zero carbon.

        In the meantime, with the new found will that hopefully COP21 represents, finance, scale, and policy support need to be ramped up quickly.

    • The tipping point, you mean?
      Yes, somebody had to adjust the curve in order to accelerate up it and that was government and Internet sites such as this one no doubt.

    • So the Germans, basically?

      • Not just, but yes.

  • Thank you.

  • Twenty years after Kyoto, better late than never.

    • I think the difference between then and now is the cost of renewables.

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