COP24 Adopts Sound Rules, World Must Do More to Curb Climate Change

WASHINGTON – The 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24), the international summit to address dangerous climate change, reached a successful conclusion today, setting the stage for more aggressive action on climate and clean energy by the world community.  

Jake Schmidt, managing director of the International program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, made this statement:

“They did it: The rules adopted at COP24 are sound, and their transparency will enable us to know whether countries are on track to meet their targets under the Paris agreement. But that’s not enough. Climate change is here and getting worse faster than expected, and that’s why the world needs to move from slow-walking climate action to sprinting.

“From national capitals to boardrooms to local communities, everyone must do much more to deeply reduce greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the shift to clean energy—before it’s too late.”

New NRDC expert blogs on key issues at COP24

Jake Schmidt overview:

Jake Schmidt on the transparency issues:

Han Chen, manager of energy policy in NRDC’s International program on finance:

Brendan Guy, manager international policy in NRDC’s International program on ambition:

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