Episode 8: Live from Paris, Al Gore & Facebook's post-COP21 energy plan
That's a wrap! This week we're coming to you from the United Nations' COP21 climate talks in Paris, where two weeks of conversation about clean energy, climate finance and many other issues is coming to a close.
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Cutting to the core of COP21
Hammering out any sort of agreement between 180-plus individual countries isn't easy. Working through 12-figure cost projections, heated debate over who's on the hook to pick up the tab and how to handle the transition to low-carbon energy is unheard of. The Danish Minister for Environment Ida Auken claims that the results of this meeting in Paris will not end up like those from Copenhagen, whether or not a climate deal is struck.
With negotiations coming down to the final hours on Friday, dont miss this rundown of "5 questions that will make or break a Paris climate deal" by Senior Editor Lauren Hepler of the key issues in play.
Legally and politically speaking, there isn't a clear path to enacting a global carbon pricing scheme through an international meeting like COP21. Still, carbon taxes and closely-related fossil fuel subisidies have been a big topic at COP21 side events catering to businesses.
Anthony Hobley, CEO of think tank Carbon Tracker, explains what a Paris climate deal could do for carbon markets.
Selling climate action
One storyline that has emerged out of COP21 is how a sizable group of businesses have gotten ahead of governments on curbing emissions and investing in clean energy. Setting science-based goals is just one example.
Still, there's a long way to go until companies, lawmakers and citizens everywhere buy into climate action. Former Vice President Al Gore and actor Adrian Grenier were just two of the COP21 attendees who weighed in on the engagement challenge.
An in-depth look at two stories changing the game for green business.
Painting the post-COP21 clean energy landscape
Greater government emphasis on trainsitioning to a low-carbon economy would be very good for the renewable energy business. Right now, however, many in the industry or interested in investing in the industry are stuck in limbo.
Bill Weihl, Facebook's sustainability guru, was in Paris and explained how he thinks corporate renewable energy purchases may (or may not) be impacted by COP21.
Climate conflict takes center stage
The U.S. is infamous for its dysfunctional domestic climate talks. But you might not know that listening to Secretary of State John Kerry talk about the national security threat posed by extreme weather and geopolitical turmoil linked to climate change.
Just look at Syria for a preview of the climate conflict that the world could be facing in the future.
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