With the United Nations climate change conference (COP21) set to get under way in Paris on Monday, the European Commission has stated their commitment to reaching ‘a fair, ambitious and legally binding global climate deal‘, with emphasis on ‘accelerat[ing] the global shift to low carbon, climate resilient economies’.
Jean Claude Juncker and Miguel Arias Cañete, (respectively, President of the European Commission, and the Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy) will participate in the conference, With Arias Cañete speaking of “governments’ shared sense of urgency and political determination to make Paris the beginning of a new chapter in climate action”.
The weekly newspaper Politico EU published an article yesterday, detailing some of the differences of opinion between the EU and the US on the fundamentals of climate action. Read it here.
Physical copies of Politico EU as well as lots of European Commission publications on climate change and the environment are available from the Taylor Library and EDC.
Meanwhile, here’s the Eurobarometer survey on public opinion regarding climate change, and a video of Arias Cañete’s press conference ahead of COP21.