This week in climate

To follow up on last week’s introduction to COP-20, here is a quick overview of the past week in the climate negotiations world:

  • The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released the Synthesis Report of its Fifth Assessment Report. The Synthesis Report is intended to inform the negotiations in Lima and leading up to Paris, and it highlights the growing risks of continued emissions as well as the absence of any real efforts to curb these emissions. The Summary for Policymakers is available here and the full synthesis report here.
  • The last round of climate talks concluded in Bonn, the home of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat. While the UNFCCC announced that the talks were “encouraging” and that governments are on track towards Paris, activists lamented that government representatives at Bonn still avoided real negotiations. The draft text outlining intended national contributions, which was circulated at Bonn, is available here.
  • The European Union confirmed that it will aim to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by 40% from 1990 levels by 2030, as well as increase the share of renewables in its energy mix to 27% and increase energy savings from energy efficiency by 27%. The EU is the first negotiating bloc to publicly state its targets, which were criticized by climate activists and by the IPCC for not being ambitious enough.

That’s all for now – stay tuned for upcoming posts on the role of nuclear power in climate change, gender and climate change, and more!


Laura Sundblad graduated from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs in 2014. She currently works in New York in the field of access to clean energy and is a CUCSD COP-20 Delegation Member.