Media reporting heats up ahead of climate talks

Despite the tragic attacks in Paris, the French capital is still to host the international negotiations aimed at keeping a warming climate in check.

Paris 2015The 21st UN Conference of the Parties, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, will, for the first time in over 20 years of UN negotiations, aim to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2°C.

The meeting will officially start on the 30th November.

On Friday  the Science Media Centre held a briefing with experts to lay out some of the key points, including the possible outcomes from the talks and the wider international context for why they where happening.

Media reporting on the upcoming talks increased over the weekend and looks set to keep rising. Examples include:

NZ City News: Relaxing rules key to summit’s success
National Business Review: Less rigid rules key to success in Paris global climate change summit, Kerr says Tim Groser confident of climate change deal at Paris talks
3 News: OECD: NZ not doing enough to curb climate change
National Business Review: Paris climate summit targets need to be raised – Upton
The Nation: Interview: OECD Environment Director Simon Upton West Aucklander to take part in international climate change talks
New Zealand Herald: French praise Kiwi scientists tackling big issues

New Zealand outlets have also run a number of related opinion articles in the lead up to the talks: New Zealand needs to peddle faster on climate change (Profs Dave Frame and Adrian Macey, VUW)
RadioLIVE: Government’s head in the sand on climate change (James Shaw, Green Party) Coastal plants and animals face threats from warmer temperatures  (Geoff Keey, Forest & Bird)
Wanganui Chronicle News: Climate change sceptics up to old tricks (Dr Nelson Lebo)
RNZ: Climate talks: people power will save the planet (Dr Russell Norman, Greenpeace)