Editor's Choice Collection - Climate Policy
The next round of the climate change negotiations is taking place in Katowice, Poland, from 2 to 14 December. The main task of the Katowice Climate Conference is to finalise the implementation guidelines for the landmark Paris Agreement. These guidelines will cover rules for reporting by governments on their emissions data and policy actions, along with securing financing and other forms of support for developing countries. Another key focus is the so-called Talanoa Dialogue, where negotiators and experts are charged with assessing progress towards the Paris Agreement’s ambitious climate goals. The Katowice Climate Conference will also provide an opportunity to showcase the rising tide of climate action around the world spearheaded by businesses, cities, faith groups and other stakeholders.
This Editor’s Choice presents a selection of recently-published papers that put forward specific proposals for the negotiation process. These cover issues on the conference agenda - such as measuring progress on adaptation, climate finance and the design of new market mechanisms - but also beyond it, including options for addressing fossil fuels and a proposed new framework for results-based payments to governments. To complement these proposals, this Editor’s Choice highlights a further paper (Roelfsema et al) whose hopeful message is highly relevant to the Talanoa Dialogue and the Katowice Climate Conference more broadly: if successful policies already implemented in some countries were replicated worldwide, the emissions gap with the Paris Agreement’s 2˚C goal would be significantly narrowed.