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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.

Editor's Choice Collection Climate Policy

Article Title Author
Measuring the adaptation goal in the global stocktake of the Paris AgreementBrianna Craft & Susannah Fisher
Resilience through interlinkage: the green climate fund and climate finance governanceMegan Bowman & Stephen Minas
Swimming upstream: addressing fossil fuel supply under the UNFCCCGeorgia Piggot, Peter Erickson, Harro van Asselt & Michael Lazarus
Financing loss and damage: reviewing options under the Warsaw International MechanismJonathan Gewirtzman, Sujay Natson, Julie-Anne Richards, Victoria Hoffmeister, Alexis Durand, Romain Weikmans, Saleemul Huq & J. Timmons Roberts
Learning from CDM SD tool experience for Article 6.4 of the Paris AgreementKaren Holm Olsen, Christof Arens & Florian Mersmann
Aligning climate action with the self-interest and short-term dominated priorities of decision-makersArpad Cseh
Environmental integrity of international carbon market mechanisms under the Paris AgreementLambert Schneider & Stephanie La Hoz Theuer
When less is more: limits to international transfers under article 6 of the Paris AgreementStephanie La Hoz Theuer, Lambert Schneider & Derik Broekhoff
Reducing global GHG emissions by replicating successful sector examples: the ‘good practice policies’ scenarioMark Roelfsema, Hanna Fekete, Niklas Höhne, Michel den Elzen, Nicklas Forsell, Takeshi Kuramochi, Heleen de Coninck & Detlef P. van Vuuren

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