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Your Window Into COP24: December 17

It’s official! The 156-page rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement is written and agreed upon by more than 190 participating countries. These rules will dictate how countries tackle climate change action beginning in 2020 and beyond. Climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete from the EU stated his view of the outcome: “We have a system […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 15

As we’re writing this, we don’t know the final outcome of COP24. While scheduled to finish Friday evening, the negotiations spilled over into the weekend as ministers attempt to come to agreement on several parts of the Paris Agreement rulebook. Late Friday night, large chunks of the rulebook were marked by empty square brackets, where […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 14

Yesterday was Education Day at COP24. Simply put, this theme communicates that the more you know, the more you can do to realize the resilient, equitable, renewable energy world we have all dreamed of. This video by the UNFCCC collects the sentiment of Education Day from young leaders at COP24. Multiple events highlighted the critical […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 13

The high-level negotiations continued at COP24 yesterday with the close of the Talanoa Dialogue. We wanted to share what some countries, groups, and non-governmental organizations presented to the ministers overseeing the creation of the Paris Agreement rulebook in the final portion of the political phase. Fiji: “1.5 is more than a number, for some countries […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 12

The high-level segments of COP24 have truly taken off as it’s crunch time for Parties to finalize their contributions to the Paris Agreement rulebook. Ministers and heads of state from around the world arrived this week to pair off into negotiating teams that will produce a more concise draft. The tension is running high as […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 10

The two-week climate negotiations are officially more than halfway through. The weekend at COP saw lots of action, both from the standpoint of negotiating Parties and participating citizens from across the world. Most specifically, a battle between two words, “note” or “welcome”, fueled a heated discussion over language as countries began to get technical about […]

First Impressions of COP24

I am staying in the historic town of Cracow, which is about an hour and a half train or bus ride from Katowice. The city of Cracow is rich with stories of resilience through changes in government, faith, and culture. I had the opportunity to ride to Katowice on a shuttle with energy professionals from […]

Four Minnesota business leaders attending international climate negotiations

Corporate delegates selected to represent U.S. sustainable leadership in Poland MINNEAPOLIS –  Nov. 28, 2018 – Representatives from Best Buy, Target, BWBR, and local restaurant Fig + Farro will represent Minnesota at the United Nations international climate conference (COP24) in Katowice, Poland this December 2–14. The four delegates were selected to attend through Climate Generation: […]