Diplomats praise decision to hold Paris climate talks; outside events may be canceled
Climate change leaders from around the world are applauding the French government's decision to press on with a landmark U.N. conference in Paris at the end of the month, even in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks.
But just how robust the event will be is still unclear. Early today, French Prime Minister Manuel Valls told a radio station that only the negotiations themselves will take place and not the "concerts and festivities" planned around it. The U.N. talks were expected to draw some 40,000 people to Paris.
Moniz to travel to Paris for IEA talks despite attacks
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will head to Paris this week as planned to lead an International Energy Agency ministerial meeting despite a series of terrorist attacks in the French capital, the Department of Energy confirmed.
The high-level talks are considered a key moment in the lead-up to U.N. climate change negotiations also in Paris at the end of the month. Those talks also are pressing on even as leaders search for answers about the coordinated explosions and shootings Friday night at Paris restaurants, a soccer stadium and a concert hall.
Europeans, Republicans pounce on 'legally binding' Paris remarks
The French hosts of a looming U.N. climate change conference where nearly 200 nations are expected to ink a global accord went into a diplomatic tailspin yesterday after Secretary of State John Kerry suggested countries may not be legally bound to meet their emissions targets.
In comments to the Financial Times, Kerry predicted the Paris agreement next month would not be a full-blown treaty and that there were "not going to be legally binding reduction targets."
Small nations beat big ones in climate ambition, study finds
Tropical forest giants Brazil and Indonesia made less ambitious climate commitments than the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo and other smaller, poorer countries, an analysis released yesterday by the Union of Concerned Scientists found.
That discovery is consistent with a trend observed by the environmental group for the climate submissions -- known as intended nationally determined contributions, or INDCs -- of a dozen forest-centric countries ahead of key U.N. climate change negotiations in Paris beginning this month.
Climate activists push G-20 leaders on climate action
The world's largest economies spend 15 times more on fossil fuels than they do helping poor countries adapt to climate change, a new report from Oxfam finds.
Group of 20 countries spent $77 billion on fossil fuels between 2013 and 2014, the report finds, compared with between $4 billion and $5 billion on adaptation finance.