Climate change conference COP23, reactions

This video from Germany says about itself:

Key Architect of Paris Climate Accord: “We Cannot Combat Climate Change with More Coal”

17 November 2017

For more on the final assessment of this year’s U.N. climate summit, we speak with one of the key architects of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, Manuel Pulgar-Vidal. He was previously the environment minister in Peru. He is also the former president of COP20 and a key architect of the Paris Agreement.

This video from Germany says about itself:

17 November 2017

Throughout the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, activists have been protesting against fossil fuels. Early this morning, Democracy Now! drove about 45 minutes west of Bonn to the forests of western Germany, where activists unfurled a banner at the largest open-pit coal mine in Europe that read, “It’s Up to Us to Keep It in the Ground.” “You can’t separate the peace movement from the climate movement,” says Lea Heuser, winner of Germany’s Aachen Peace Prize.

This video from Germany says about itself:

Activists Condemn Failure of COP23 to Address Interrelated Crises of Climate, Energy & Inequality

17 November 2017

On the last day of the United Nations climate summit in Bonn, Germany, we get a wrap-up on negotiations. This year is the first COP since President Trump vowed to pull the United States out of the landmark 2015 Paris climate deal, a process which takes four years.

At this year’s COP, a new coalition of 19 countries has committed to working toward phasing out coal, although many of these countries—including Britain—continue to expand fracking and other extraction projects. Also this week in Bonn, indigenous groups won increased recognition of their rights, autonomy and participation in negotiations.

But many say this year’s negotiations do not go nearly far enough to address climate change—especially as new research shows the threat is continuing to accelerate. We speak with Dipti Bhatnagar, the climate justice and energy coordinator at Friends of the Earth International, and Asad Rehman, the executive director of War on Want.

This video from the USA says about itself:

Tom Goldtooth: Carbon Trading is “Fraudulent” Scheme to Privatize Air & Forests to Permit Pollution

17 November 2017

In South Dakota, the energy company TransCanada says it shut down part of its pipeline Thursday after a rupture spilled 210,000 gallons of oil in a field near Amherst. The pipeline carries a highly polluting form of oil called “diluted bitumen.” This comes amid a new report titled “Carbon Pricing: A Critical Perspective for Community Resistance,” which exposes the dangers of carbon trading, a scheme in which major companies purchase carbon credits from countries who agree to plant trees or protect existing forests.

We speak with one of the report’s co-authors, Tom Goldtooth, executive director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Isabella Zizi from Richmond, California, home to a massive Chevron oil refinery. Chevron has said it will purchase carbon credits to offset increased pollution from a recent expansion of the Richmond refinery.

This video from Germany says about itself:

Climate Without Borders: Meet a Meteorologist Who Dares to Say “Climate Change” in Weather Reports

17 November 2017

As Democracy Now! broadcasts from the UN climate summit in Bonn, we look at how climate-related hurricanes have devastated parts of the United States, but weather presenters still rarely utter the words: “climate change”. We speak with Jill Peeters, a weather presenter in Belgium who is also the founder of Climate Without Borders.

This video from Germany says about itself:

Migration Advocate Calls on Delegates at COP23 to Address Climate Change Displacement

17 November 2017

As researchers at the United Nations climate summit in Bonn warn that Pacific Islanders may be among the first to be forced to migrate due to climate change, at least 23 million people were displaced by extreme weather last year. We continue our look at the issue of displacement due to climate change with Dina Ionesco, the head of migration, environment and climate change at the International Organization for Migration.

Very few pages devoted to climate change in introductory science textbooks. Less than 2 percent of pages discussed climate change in leading biology, chemistry and physics textbooks: here.

33 thoughts on “Climate change conference COP23, reactions

  1. If we want to fight climate change, we must make some changes. What changes should we make? Is the answer different depending on where someone lives in the world? And in any case, how might we get people and politicians engage in this matter? Whatever we decide to do we must do it fast and remember…we are all in this together! This is a great article. Thank you!


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