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COP21: Day 5

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by Make it last on 5 December, 2015

Day five at the climate conference in Paris brought us both Leonardo DiCaprio and news about Uruguay's 95 percent renewable energy. 

The Paris 2015 UN World Climate Change Conference (COP21) aims to reach a new international agreement to keep the global warming below two degrees. Make it Last keeps you up to date with the latest news and happenings. 

– Leonardo DiCaprio, actor and environmentalist, talks in Paris today during a Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change. The message? Don’t settle for less than 100 % renewable energy. His speech also addressed the importance for local climate action (see @cities4climate) Mr DiCaprio is actually a UN representative on climate change, and has worked with climate questions since 1998.

AMAP assesses short-lived environment pollutants. Not only carbon dioxide emissions–the ones most commonly addressed at COP21 and the below 2 degree debate–affect climate change. Other air pollutants such as black carbon and methane also contribute to global warming. These “short-lived climate pollutants” (SLCPs) need to be addressed. “Tackling methane and black carbon could reduce Arctic warming by 0.5°”, says AMAP.

–In theory, the goal of the climate conference is to reach a global agreement on curbing emissions of greenhouse gases and boost poor countries’ capacity to withstand climate shocks. In practise, it’s about trimming the pages of the document. Right now it’s down to 46 pages… or 38? We’re not sure.

– 1,5 percent, 2 percent… Whatever: in about a decade, Uruguay has shifted to nearly 95 percent electricity from renewable sources. Listen up, Paris!





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