Following UN Morocco Climate Meeting from Home

November 1, 2016

TipSheet: Following UN Morocco Climate Meeting from Home

As the historic Paris Agreement goes into effect this Friday, Nov. 4, the question is whether nations can up their game. That means the climate negotiating session in Marrakesh, Morocco, Nov. 7-18, 2016, will be news that many environmental journalists will want to follow.

Will the nations move toward a goal of holding global warming to 1.5 degrees C above pre-industrial levels, for example, tightening the screws from the current Paris-set 2 degree goal? Another key issue, as always: Who will pay (and who will get paid)? Also, can the agreement be implemented and enforced? And how will we be able to know?
The 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as COP22, will be hard enough to follow for the hundreds of reporters who will actually go there. But that doesn’t mean you can’t track developments from home.
Marrakech 2016 Summit logoHere are some tools to help you keep tabs:
  • Reuters covers climate negotiations pretty thoroughly, via reporters like Alister Doyle. Their material is here and here.

  • The Daily Climate aggregates a range of open-source climate news, and is pretty complete. Find it here.

  • ClimateWire usually does some of the very best coverage of UNFCCC negotiations, but some of it is behind a paywall. You can see the climate headlines here and the material that is publicly accessible here.

  • BBC News usually has good coverage from journalists like Matt McGrath or Richard Black (who now works for ECIU).

  • Climate Home, a UK publication edited by former BBC producer Ed King, did a good job covering the Paris meeting.

There are lots of other outlets likely to offer quality COP22 coverage for free.

Beyond those general-audience news outlets, there are some more wonky and technical sources:
For the U.S. perspective on COP 22, the State Department offers additional information sources:

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