Many observers have characterized COP21 as a resounding success, a tipping point — and an epic failure. Perhaps all these characterizations share elements of the truth. There is no question that the Paris Agreement is full of ambition. However, it also contains ambiguities and hortatory calls for action. One thing it does not include is a clear path to limiting climate change to 2oC — much less 1.5oC. Nevertheless, COP21 has received a huge amount of attention. Observers will be commenting on its prescience (or lack thereof) for years to come.
So if someone wants to learn more, where is the best place to explore what happened at COP21? Excellent compilations of COP21 coverage include American University’s Teaching Climate/Energy Law and Policy blog and Resilience.org’s The First Draft of History: Thirty-Four of the Best Pieces on the Paris Agreement at COP21. But in this day and age of infinite information resources, are long URL lists of news stories the best we can do when it comes to helping people find the information they need? Can’t we go to the next level in accelerating how to digest and transfer relevant information?
This Climate Spotlight points to COP21 coverage within the Climate Web. Yes, we’ve organized dozens of news stories, blogs, and reports in a largely “serial” manner. You can see this in several of the Spotlight headings. For example, S – COP21 Paris covers published reports and videos and N – COP21 Paris covers news stories and blogs. We think, however, that even though we have only scratched the surface of what’s possible, we have also gone much further:
K – COP21 Best Quotes: 33 one-sentence characterizations of COP21 from radically different viewpoints, each linked back to a specific source for easy reference and further exploration.
K – COP21 Paris: Topical materials extracted from many sources and grouped together, making it easy to quickly scan arguments relating to “COP21 and Business,” “COP21 as Initial Step,” “COP21 Markets,” among other topics.
D – COP21 Paris: Key discussion points surrounding COP21, which in turn link to key arguments in favor of and in opposition to the discussion points.
A – COP21: Arguments being made relating to COP21 outcomes, which link to specific evidence in favor of or in opposition to the arguments, in turn drawn from the hundreds of included sources.
We say we’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible because hundreds of useful source materials exist, including more full-fledged (and lengthier) analyses every week. It’s not an inconsiderable amount of work. But doesn’t it make sense for someone to do that work and then make it available so that everyone can benefit? That’s our goal with this Spotlight and with the Climate Web generally.
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