30 Nov '15, 7pm

How to read the jargon at the Paris climate change talks

How much and how fast should countries reduce their emissions? The world’s first climate treaty, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change , was signed by 165 countries in 1992. Enshrined in the UNFCCC is the idea of “common but differentiated responsibility ” that although all countries should reduce their emissions, developed countries with historically high emissions — like the United States, Japan, and Germany — should make steeper cuts. Negotiations leading up to Paris produced a series of voluntary pledges, or Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs ) designed to allow countries to set their own plans, and then be shamed by the international community into ramping them up. It’s worked, sort of , but since the INDCs alone are not enough, a major topic at Paris will be coming up with a method to keep increasing the rate at which countries cu...

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