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COP21

At this page you can find links to material related to the Climate Conference in Paris 2015. You can read Thomas Sterners thoughts about the conference on his EfD-blog.

COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, took place in Paris between November 30 and December 11. For the first time in over 20 years of UN Climate negotiations it was aimed to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the objective of keeping global warming below 2 degrees Celsius.

For some background information leading up to Paris, see for example:

  • In the lecture “Pathways to Paris” you will hear Thomas Sterner talk about the climate negotiations leading up to Paris. Is an ambitious climate treaty necessary and possible?
  • One month before the Climate Conference in Paris Thomas Sterner (together with Roger Guesnerie) organized a two-day symposium on the theme Climate Change, where some the world's leading climate researchers participated. Watch the presentations from the symposium "Paris 2015 and beyond, cooling the climate debate" here.
  • The paper "Beyond IPCC, Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond" provides a summary of the knowledge leading up to the Climate Conference and a review of literature broadening the climate debate.
  • For an overview of the menu of instruments to limit climate change, watch Thomas Sterner's inaguaral lecture at Collége de France here.
  • Read Thomas Sterner's thoughts about what could be expected from the conference in "The Paris climate-change conference needs to be more ambitious" in The Economist.

Thomas Sterner talking about the menu of environmental policy instruments at the inaugural lecture at Collége the France.

Beyond IPCC, Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond

"The Climate conference in Paris December 2015 is described as “last chance” or “5 to twelve” but in the climate arena there is a risk that we have over-utilized the doomsday vocabulary already in the run-up to Copenhagen, 2009 the better part of a decade ago. For those who have worked on climate issues for several decades it poses a special challenge to calibrate language. Words like “immediate” need careful explanation. Think of a super tanker with so much inertia that it takes a full hour to stop in an emergency—and in our case it is not an hour but decades—damage is probably quite gradual and yet there is literally no time to delay."

Sterner, T. 2015. Beyond IPCC, Research for Paris 2015 and Beyond. Environmental and Resource Economics, 62(2): 207-215.

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