Climate crunch time

Urgent need for greater ambition and trust in climate regime

The Sunday Times put several questions on the upcoming climate talks to Mr Alden Meyer, director of strategy and policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington. He has attended climate negotiations since they first started in 1990 and has also served on several US federal advisory panels. These are his replies:

A We need three things (at least) out of COP24:

• Agreement on a comprehensive, robust set of rules for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, including on what information countries provide on their national commitments under Paris, how they report on progress in implementing those commitments, how developed countries provide forward-looking projections for the levels of climate finance they can provide to help developing countries with mitigation and adaptation activities, and how countries can collaborate with each other in meeting their commitments under the Paris Agreement. These rules are essential to help countries deepen and broaden their actions both to constrain emissions and to cope with the mounting impacts of climate change, and to build confidence and trust in the international climate regime.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 02, 2018, with the headline 'Urgent need for greater ambition and trust in climate regime'. Print Edition | Subscribe