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A Yardstick and a Grass Mat

Photo: Rev. James Bhagwan of the United Methodist Church in Fiji describes the Tanaloa custom and the grass mat that Fijians use to hold community dialogue

The Paris Agreement is built on the expectation that the global community will take increasingly significant steps to address climate change over the next several decades—so the initial commitments countries have made to reduce emissions are just baby steps. The process of gradually ratcheting emissions reductions globally is called the “arc of ambition.”

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Exactly one year ago today, the participants of COP 22 in Marrakech woke up to the news that America had elected Donald Trump 45th president of the United States. That election caused trepidation and worry across the international climate community, and the world waited to see what all of it meant for climate talks.

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In remembrance at the Joe Byrd cemetery in Huntsville, TX.

Saturday, November 4 dozens of Texans of faith gathered at the Joe Byrd Prison Cemetery in Huntsville for the 5th Annual In Remembrance event. In Remembrance takes place on the Saturday after the All Souls Day remembrance, and is an opportunity for Texans of faith to remember the sacred worth of all humanity by remembering those lives lost in the Texas criminal justice system.

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The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is an international treaty with the objective of stabilizing greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent anthropogenic (man-made) interference with the climate system. The treaty entered into force in 1994, but it is not a legally binding document, rather, it is a framework for negotiating other international treaties and agreements that are enforceable as they relate to GHG emissions.

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a packed house for the open dialogue between parties and non-party stakeholders at COP23

Representatives of national governments that are parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meet with non-party stakeholders in the first-ever COP open dialogue between parties and representatives of civil society.

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