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Can COP21 slow down global warming?

The delegates of 194 UN member states are discussing a global climate protection agreement in Paris. Will they fulfil the high expectations and reach a deal on binding climate objectives?

El País - Spain | Sunday, 27. December 2015

COP21 must mark a turning point in history

At the COP21 global climate talks in Paris more than 200 countries agreed in mid-December to limit greenhouse gas emissions. This year's unusually warm weather should serve as a warning to stick to the decisions, the centre-left daily El País admonishes: » more

Õhtuleht - Estonia | Thursday, 17. December 2015

Estonia slepts through energy transition

Commenting on the Paris climate agreement, scientist Marek Strandberg vents his spleen at the Estonian government's failed energy policy: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 15. December 2015

Civil society key to protecting climate

The fact that an agreement was reached at the Climate Change Conference in Paris has less to do with the heads of state and government than with the individuals and organisations present, the centre-left daily Le Monde believes: » more

Turun Sanomat - Finland | Tuesday, 15. December 2015

Climate deal a big chance for Finland

Finnish businesses should use the enormous opportunities for expansion offered by the UN climate agreement signed on Saturday, the liberal daily Turun Sanomat urges: » more

Main focus of Monday, 14. December 2015

World aims to slow climate change

By the end of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris 196 states had agreed to attempt to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius. ... » more

Sme - Slovakia | Monday, 14. December 2015

Global warming finally no longer denied

The liberal daily Sme explains what has changed since the failed climate conference in Copenhagen: » more

La Stampa - Italy | Sunday, 13. December 2015

Still not clear who must make sacrifices

The most important negotiating partners were absent from the talks in Paris, laments the liberal daily La Stampa: » more

La Tribune de Genève - Switzerland | Sunday, 13. December 2015

Global village closes ranks

The Paris climate accord exerts a wide-ranging appeal, the regional daily La Tribune de Genève writes: » more

Die Welt - Germany | Monday, 14. December 2015

Magic of Paris lies in voluntary action

The compromise reached in Paris testifies to a very modern form of decision-making, the conservative daily Die Welt believes: » more

Le Quotidien - Luxembourg | Friday, 11. December 2015

COP21 comes too late for many island paradises

The environment minister of Barbados, Denis Lowe, said on Thursday at the COP21 in Paris that his country and other Caribbean states would not sign a climate agreement that would represent the certain extinction of their people. But few will heed his words, the centre-left daily Le Quotidien complains: » more

Kauppalehti - Finland | Thursday, 10. December 2015

Developing countries must admit climate sins

A new global climate treaty is to be signed at the Climate Change Conference in Paris by Friday. The developing countries must also redouble their efforts in the fight against climate change, the business paper Kauppalehti urges: » more

Público - Portugal | Wednesday, 9. December 2015

Still hope for the global climate

The climate talks in Paris are entering their final phase but the negotiations seem to be progressing only slowly. The liberal daily Público is nonetheless confident that an agreement will be reached: » more

Le Monde - France | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Support Africa on climate protection

The African Union's programme on renewable and sustainable energy must be supported at all costs, the centre-left daily Le Monde writes commenting on the negotiations at the Climate Change Conference in Paris: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Poland can afford climate protection

Prime Minister Beata Szydło announced on Monday at the UN climate talks in Paris that Poland would contribute eight million dollars to the OECD states' climate change fund. But she must also reform the economy at home, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza demands: » more

Le Figaro - France | Tuesday, 1. December 2015

Better than the palaver of 10,000 technocrats

Former Microsoft chief Bill Gates presented his Breakthrough Energy Coalition at the opening of the Climate Change Conference on Monday in Paris. The investment fund wants to support companies that develop and market solutions for the use of renewable energies. The conservative daily Le Figaro is delighted that private entrepreneurs are finally taking the initiative: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Monday, 30. November 2015

Paris has good reason to ban demonstrations

Despite a ban on demonstrations thousands of people took to Paris's streets on the weekend as the climate summit began, and there were clashes between protesters and the policy on the Place de la République. The state of emergency regulations imposed after the Paris attacks should be observed, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera urges: » more

Libération - France | Sunday, 29. November 2015

COP21 must restore trust in politics

People's trust in politics hangs in the balance in Paris, the liberal daily Libération believes, and calls for a binding agreement: » more

Dziennik Gazeta Prawna - Poland | Monday, 30. November 2015

Not all states can fulfil ambitious goals

The climate goals must not dogmatically apply for all countries equally, Polish energy expert Filip Elżanowski writes in a commentary for the conservative daily Dziennik Gazeta Prawna, pointing to the problems in his own country: » more

El País - Spain | Monday, 30. November 2015

Javier Solana on eco-friendly urban planning

Around 70 percent of the emissions causing the greenhouse effect are generated in major cities, former EU High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy Javier Solana points out in the centre-left daily El País and stresses the importance of efficient city planning: » more

Kristeligt Dagbladet - Denmark | Saturday, 28. November 2015

Time for climate-friendly Christmas presents

With Black Friday at the end of last week the Christmas shopping season began for many Europeans. The Christian-influenced daily Kristeligt Dagblad calls for restraint - also in the interest of climate protection: » more

The Times - United Kingdom | Sunday, 29. November 2015

Threat of climate change exaggerated

Politicians and activists who warn of the disastrous effects of climate change are panic-mongers and their arguments are not based on facts, Matt Ridley, a Conservative member of the British House of Lords, writes in the conservative daily The Times: » more

Der Standard - Austria | Monday, 30. November 2015

Voluntary agreement no guarantee

Voluntary action on climate protection is a poor substitute for a binding agreement, the centre-left daily Der Standard comments: » more

Dennik N - Slovakia | Friday, 27. November 2015

Breakthrough not on the cards

The world must form an alliance against climate change, the liberal daily Dennik N demands: » more

De Telegraaf - Netherlands | Friday, 27. November 2015

Clean coal energy better than nuclear imports

The majority in the Dutch parliament voted for the country's coal-fired power plants to be decommissioned quickly in the effort to reduce CO2 emissions. The conservative-liberal ruling party VVD, however, is against the move. It would be a short-sighted measure, the conservative-liberal daily De Telegraaf concurs: » more

MediaPart - France | Thursday, 26. November 2015

Shopping sprees allowed, climate protests banned

The French government decided not to authorise climate protests planned around the country for Sunday, citing security reasons. Yet at the same time hundreds of thousands of shoppers are being allowed to crowd together in shopping centres, MEP and environmentalist José Bové fumes in the left-leaning online paper Mediapart: » more

La Repubblica - Italy | Friday, 27. November 2015

Farming must be reformed from the ground up

Like other climate summits the Climate Change Conference in Paris also fails to acknowledge that farming plays a decisive role in global warming, criticises Carlo Petrini, founder of the slow food movement, in the centre-left daily La Repubblica: » more

Tages-Anzeiger - Switzerland | Friday, 27. November 2015

Promising start to climate summit

The World Climate Summit will be a success, the centre-left daily Tages-Anzeiger is convinced: » more


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