Latest in Tag: Paris Highlight

Latest in Tag: Paris

UN leader Ban Ki-moon

A new era of opportunity

By Ban Ki-moon Seventy years ago, the United Nations was created from the ashes of the Second World War.  Seven decades later, in Paris, nations have united in the face of another threat – the threat to life as we know it due to a rapidly warming planet. Governments have ushered in a new era …

Daily News Egypt

Opinion: Premature rejoicing in Paris

The agreement reached at the world climate conference has been labeled “historic.” This is an exaggeration, writes DW’s Henrik Böhme: the real value of all those “shoulds” committed to paper remains to be seen. It was perfectly understandable that frenetic cheering erupted among the thousands of delegates present at the uncharming trade fair grounds on …

Deutsche Welle

We have a treaty – but at what cost?

After two weeks, huge amounts of political rhetoric, and much activity behind closed doors, we have a treaty. While there will be celebrations among activists, the Paris Treaty will do very little to rein in temperature reductions. The Paris Treaty promises to keep temperature rises below 2°C. However, the actual promises made here will do …

Bjorn Lomborg

Historic climate agreement reached

For the first time in history, industrialized and developed countries alike have commited to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to prevent catastrophic climate change. Andrea Rönsberg reports from Paris. Laughter, applause, and cheers broke out in the plenary hall after French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, presiding over the climate conference, said the words apparently everybody had …

Deutsche Welle

‘Moment of truth’ as Fabius submits final Paris Pact draft

A new draft pact has been presented to ministers gathered at the Paris climate conference. They now have time to deliberate, before attempting to adopt a global agreement. With an emotional appeal, French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, who presides over the conference, presented negotiators at the Paris climate conference with a new draft agreement that …

Deutsche Welle

Paris climate summit in final push

Some 195 represented countries have made a final push to reach a deal this weekend aimed at averting catastrophic climate change. Divisions remain over how to keep global temperature increase below 2 degrees Celsius

Deutsche Welle

Overtime for Paris climate conference

After negotiations on a global climate agreement hit a wall early on Friday morning, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, presiding over the event, postponed the release of a new text to Saturday

Deutsche Welle

What does the Paris treaty look like from Ghana?

The suburb of Alajo is about as far from the posh hotels of Paris as you could get. But the bureaucrats and politicians here in France are negotiating a climate treaty to “help the world’s poorest”, including billions of dollars of guarantees of “climate aid” to developing nations. I have argued in this blog that …

Bjorn Lomborg

What’s the price tag of Paris? Don’t ask the politicians

When you go shopping – whether at the corner store, or at the ritzy Galeries Lafayette or Printemps here in Paris – you expect to know what you are spending on and what you are getting. Strangely, when it comes to global climate treaties, our politicians like to commit to hugely expensive policies without even …

Bjorn Lomborg

The Balkan route to Western Europe for Yugoslavia guns

Many weapons on Europe’s black market come via the Balkans. The terrorists in the Paris attacks allegedly used such weapons. The illegal arms trade from the Balkans is a security risk that affects all of Europe. According to media reports, the November 13 Paris attackers used two Zastava M-70 assault rifles from the former Yugoslavia. …

Deutsche Welle

Paris climate summit agrees on text, but questions open

It is halftime at the Paris climate conference, and negotiators have agreed on a new draft agreement. That constitutes progress – but many sticking points remain for ministers to solve next week. “It is so decided,” Dan Reifsnyder, the US deputy assistant secretary of state for environment, said a few minutes after 1 Saturday afternoon …

Deutsche Welle

What will all the hot air in Paris actually do?

Negotiators and activists are getting increasingly serious about the prospects of finalising a carbon-cutting deal here in Paris. No doubt if they are successful, we will see much back-slapping and exhortations of “success” in seven days. But the bonhomie will hide a rather inconvenient truth: even if it’s successful, any deal negotiated in Paris is …

Bjorn Lomborg

Paris needs to take the “climate” out of “climate aid”

One of the things we are hearing more and more about here in Paris is so-called “climate aid”. There has been a huge push from climate NGOs to convince rich countries to spend a fortune to help poor countries adjust to global warming. This term is a catch-all for money being given from rich countries …

Bjorn Lomborg

French prime minister urges tourists to ‘come spend money in Paris’

France’s premier Maniel Valls sent a call to tourists to come to Paris, spend money and enjoy the capital’s cultural attractions to help boost the city in the wake of deadly jihadist attacks. “Come to Paris, security conditions are assured,” Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on French radio, in what he described as a “message …

Deutsche Welle

What would it take for Paris to succeed?

There’s a lot of focus now on the politics of Paris. Will poor countries get the “climate aid” they want? Will China agree to reduce its growth, leaving millions more in poverty, by committing to far-reaching carbon cuts? What will be the wording of the treaty that emerges? It is easy to become cynical. Let …

Bjorn Lomborg