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COP 21

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Laura Seboth

on 3 March 2015

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Transcript of COP 21

...and why they have failed
Why action must be taken now
Conventional Mechanisms...
Policies to Mitigate Climate Change
Wednesday, 3 March 2015
A report by Eva Boisrond, Philipp Freund, Chiara Libiseller, Laura Seboth and Katherine Starrett
Climate and Security
Policies to Mitigate Climate Change
Proposed Solutions for Policymakers

COP 21

Agriculture and Forestry
Small-scale mixed crop agriculture
Local crops and human labour

Transport and Industry
Reduce emissions of climate pollutants
Public-energy efficient transports
Infrastructure development
Invest in renewable energy
Move away from car-centred models of mobility
Transfer of know-how and resources from developed to developing countries
Rising global temperatures can lead to
–Increase in disease
–Longer and more intense storms
–Resource scarcity
–Migration

The cost of climate change will likely be borne most severely by those who have the least adaptive capacity and are highly dependent on natural capital
A Global Threat
Time Frames and Tipping Points
Global climate is stabilized by feedback mechanisms
If climatic equilibrium is distorted beyond a certain point, different feedback mechanisms are activated
This leads to self-reinforcing process of climate change
We are on the verge of surpassing such tipping points
Image: Thawing permafrost in Siberia releases methane gas, a powerful greenhouse gas.
Energy
Energy sector the largest single emitter of GHGs
Need to completely move away from fossil fuels as energy source
Technological development must be prioritized and funded
Image: Coal power plant in the UK
Conclusion
• A different understanding of the relationship between economy and environment
• A strong legal framework and clear rules that apply to all countries and foster accountability
• Ambitious action already before 2020
• A long-term approach
• A central role for equity
• Public finance for adaptation and the low carbon transition
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