One cannot understate the importance of the agreement arrived at in Paris. For the first time, world leaders have faced up to the stark warnings that climate scientists have been issuing for years, instead of shrinking away with denial and delay. And while the commitments made in Paris aren't on their own enough to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations at safe levels, they are enough to begin bending the emissions curve towards a safe climate. Paris is a beginning of a process.
There are many ways to look at the climate deal coming out of Paris. We can identify with both those who criticize its lack of ambition, and those who are desperate to celebrate its success. Because the real outcome of the agreement isn't contained in the text, but what comes after.
As leaders huddle in Paris to craft a universal agreement for stronger action on climate change, the Indian city of Chennai is recovering from record-breaking storms that dropped 16 inches of rain in two days last week. More than 245 people died in flooding there since October.
Secretary Kerry's speech had many of the right nouns, verbs, and adjectives. Now let's see the right numbers to back them up: 0% fossils, 100% renewables, by 2050.
It is critical to achieve a climate agreement this year, and solidarity means continuing to hold each other accountable to increase ambition in the future.
To raise the presence, voice, and participation of youth in the UN House (as well- to tap into indigenous wisdom through native story-telling) during this important Paris Climate Change Conference, we have written and produced a youth-centered film, based on a powerful Incan Story of Creation.
The rise of urban biking in Paris is largely credited to the arrival in 2007 of Vélib', the city's bike share system that is now one of the largest in the world. In the saddles of the chunky, metallic-colored rent-a-bikes and on bikes of their own, Parisians have taken to the bike en masse.
Once you see how vulnerable my community is to sea-level rise and erosion, you won't be able to deny that climate disruption is real.
Paris today is at the center of a global crossroads where two narratives converge. One is a narrative of violence and terror that seeks to divide the world and incite a global conflict. The other is a narrative of hope that seeks to bring the world together to confront a global security threat that military and government leaders say looms larger than terrorism: the impact of climate change.
The world continues to grieve those lost in the recent tragic attacks in Paris. More than ever, The City of Light is the right place to gather to accelerate clean energy, justice and resilience and to enable the world's people to achieve a sustainable future.
As we got closer to the December 7-8 climate talks in Paris, I began seeing movement towards an outcome so positive that it might surprise us all. Politically, climate change-related events of the week are just short of astonishing
Our fate rests on the decisions we make today. Let us not be distracted by perverted ideologies which seek to rule our destiny. All who yearn for a better world; stand firm. For, there are trying times ahead.
Today all nations are working at home to set new climate goals ahead of UN climate talks in Paris in December. This is important and unprecedented and should put to rest questions about whether the world is ready to act together.
Climate negotiators here celebrated the inauguration of their headquarters in the repurposed "World Conference Center Bonn" with a draft agreement on how to slow climate change by reducing deforestation in developing countries.
Last November, a group of Dutch businessmen found themselves far from their desks, standing damp but happy in the Peruvian rainforest, where they'd come to visit the forest they were paying to save.
The pope understands that climate change is a humanitarian crisis that threatens the entire human community, especially the poor and most vulnerable among us. This summer he will release an encyclical -- one of the highest forms of Catholic teachings -- on climate change. It is expected to link protecting the environment to fighting global inequality.