The 21st U.N. Conference of Parties (COP 21), or the big climate change conference, begins today! President Obama and other world leaders are meeting to chart a course for a cleaner-energy future. Many experts say that this is really the last chance we have to avoid major and irreversible climate impacts. (photo: hotelroomsearch.net)
Work toward this conference has been going on for over a year. The Washington Post reported on Sunday that:
- more than 160 countries have put forward climate action plans,
- eight of the largest world economies have pledged to double their renewable energy supply by 2030,
- Brazil will be the first LDC to reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions,
- and China is introducing a nation-wide cap-and-trade system to encourage green energy.