Agreement forged in Paris aims to hold warming ‘well below’ 2 °C.
2015 Paris climate talks
In November 2015, nations met in Paris to negotiate an international agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions. Nature tracked the run-up to the twenty-first meeting of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, which produced a historic global accord.
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Third draft of climate accord includes French proposals intended to coax an agreement out of rich and poor nations.
As national negotiators debate how to cut greenhouse-gas emissions, local leaders point to significant climate action.
Research into human displacement drives debate about migration and human rights.
Prospects for a global agreement rise, but environmentalists fear it will sidestep ongoing disputes.
Christiana Figueres sits down with Nature as the Paris talks enter their final days.
China’s reduced appetite for coal drives a surprising departure from a long-term trend.
Text arrives on time, but leaves big decisions for the government ministers next week.
With little more than a week to go, Nature looks at some of the tough decisions facing negotiators.
Uptick in deforestation in Brazil hints at difficulty of preserving and expanding forests.
Major governments join investors in a commitment to drive new energy technologies into the marketplace.
Slower, less energy-intensive economic growth in China helped to drive overall trend.
World Meteorological Organization says that a record-breaking temperature in 2015 underscores the need for a global climate deal.
A Nature comic examines the 25-year quest for a climate treaty. Can nations unite to save Earth’s climate?
Countries have pledged to limit global warming to 2 °C, and climate models say that is still possible. But only with heroic — and unlikely — efforts.
Emission pledges raise hopes for an international treaty.
First tranche of aid projects prompts concern over operations of fund for developing nations.
Evidence that increasing temperatures harm productivity raises questions about the effects of warming on economic growth.
US President Barack Obama rejects pipeline to transport oil from Canada's tar sands to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico.
UN climate chief says that global-warming limit is unachievable without further action.
Country seeks big cuts in carbon intensity and greater reliance on clean energy.
Climate commitment could help to build momentum towards a new global pact to limit greenhouse-gas emissions.
Pontiff calls for global-warming leadership before a body that has been reluctant to act.
Loophole enabled Russian factories to benefit from destroying industrial waste.
Analysis could force climate scientists to revisit estimates of global cycle.
Return to nuclear energy is part of a plan that is not in line with global climate target.
The White House's latest action on climate change will cut greenhouse-gas output from the US electricity sector.
Paris science meeting prepares the ground for UN climate talks in December.
Dutch order to cut emissions opens door for citizens' lawsuits elsewhere.
Nature selects the most interesting passages from the latest Vatican encyclical.
Independent assessments of national climate plans find little common ground between wealthy and developing countries.
Religious leaders and scientists gather to discuss moral implications of global warming as Pope drafts key letter.
Panel creates scientific baseline for debate about climate reparations.
Leaders must come together on a solid agreement at the United Nations climate conference — and then get to work at home by meeting commitments and finding new ways to reduce emissions.
Adam Rome revisits five prescient classics that first made sustainability a public issue in the 1960s and 1970s.
The real business of decarbonization begins after an agreement is signed at the Paris climate conference, argue David G. Victor and James P. Leape.
Success at the latest climate talks will be a recognition by the world’s nations that incremental change will not do the job, says Johan Rockström.
Improve air quality and mitigate climate-change simultaneously, urge Julia Schmale and colleagues.
To forge a strong climate accord in Paris, nations must agree on a common goal in everyone's self-interest, say David J. C. MacKay and colleagues.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has done much to alert politicians to the effects of global warming. But to push climate change up the agenda, it will need to do the same for the public.
Oliver Geden welcomes an analysis of the political inertia impeding a global treaty to limit warming.
Climate scientists are tiring of governance that does not lead to action. But democracy must not be weakened in the fight against global warming, warns Nico Stehr.
Cities need to understand and manage their carbon footprint at the level of streets, buildings and communities, urge Kevin Robert Gurney and colleagues.
Make wind and solar power even cheaper by opening up access to the electricity grid and ending fossil-fuel subsidies, urge Gernot Wagner and colleagues.
Gathering data that answer particular questions is the most effective way to support the Sustainable Development Goals, say Keith Shepherd and colleagues.
Regional targets and improved market mechanisms could enable the nation's carbon dioxide emissions to peak by 2030, say Zhu Liu and colleagues.
Concrete goals set out by the G7 nations lay the groundwork for a climate accord.
As global negotiations fail on emissions reductions, scientific advisers need to resist pressure to fit the facts to the failure, warns Oliver Geden.
Michael Grubb is both swept away and frustrated by Nicholas Stern's argument for tackling climate change.
Dave Griggs relishes Jeffrey Sachs's analysis of the policy and practice key to a viable future for people and planet.
Global energy sector emissions have stalled. But urgent questions remain about the best way to tackle climate change.
Average global temperature is not a good indicator of planetary health. Track a range of vital signs instead, urge David G. Victor and Charles F. Kennel.