Confronting Climate Change at COP21

In December, I spent three weeks with five other talented journalists reporting on climate change–covering key moments both at COP21 (the climate talks) and outside of the official meetings.

Here are some of the stories I reported, both individually and on reporting teams. I’ll continue to update this post as I publish more pieces. I hope you enjoy!

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The Silent March for Change

A pair of tiny pink ballet slippers stood out amid a sea of 22,000 shoes lining the Place de la Republique, a picture of simplicity, innocence and vulnerability.

As world leaders and representatives from more than 150 countries began arriving in Paris on Sunday with plans to hammer out a historic agreement to limit climate change, a series of advocacy events around La Republique were intended to show how closely the rest of the world is paying attention. Read more at the GroundTruth Project.

14 People Fighting for the Planet at COP21 — and What They Want

More than 45,000 people are attending COP21 in Paris this week — from top government leaders to NGOs to environmental researchers.

Though this is the 21st meeting of its kind, this year the model of the conference is new. Rather than the UN leadership telling countries what they should do, it has asked countries to submit plans called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs).

In other words, the leadership is asking countries what they want to achieve for the climate. So what do attendees at COP21 want to achieve? Read more at Medium.

Lost in the Labyrinth of the Paris Climate Talks? Follow a Climate Tracker

Keeping abreast of the latest news on climate change can be a tricky task, and following the Conference of Parties (COP) talks is downright difficult. Many of the negotiations are closed to journalists, and even those at the table can get lost in a labyrinth of words in brackets—phrases that are open to deletion in the negotiations. Read more at Fusion.

On the Edge of History, the World Waits for a Climate Deal

On the final day of the United Nations climate conference, COP 21,  some 25,000 delegates from around the world met to finalize what would be the world’s most far-reaching deal ever on global warming. Read more at the GroundTruth Project.

After Climate Agreement Makes History, the Real Work Begins

Leaders from around the world made history Saturday, achieving what many thought was impossible — an unprecedented international agreement to limit global warming. The “Paris effect” is already being felt around the world, analysts say, opening the door for a new era of green energy. Read more at the Huffington Post.

Corking Climate Change: Sustainable Practices Bear Fruit in Champagne Production

As revelers around the world ring in the new year with glasses of champagne tonight, they’re probably not toasting to the sustainable agricultural methods that went into some of the bottles.

But for some vineyards in France – where earlier this month nearly 200 nations signed a landmark deal to limit climate change – employing green practices in their winemaking is as important as protecting the use of the term “champagne”, which applies only to the bubbly produced in a region of France that bears the same name. Read more at The Guardian.

A Tiny Forest Tribe Built a DIY Drone From YouTube to Fight Off Illegal Loggers

The engine started, the propeller began spinning, and with a high whine the drone shot into the air—before quickly crashing to the ground. It took a few more tries before the drone flew straight, but when it did, it soared into the azure skies above southern Guyana’s grasslands, and the small crew on the ground cheered. The homemade drone zipped toward a mountain range in the distance, transmitting live video and photos as it flew. Read more at Quartz.

Man-Made “Wind Trees” Will Finally Make It Possible to Power Homes Using Turbines

Picture a steady breeze blowing through the leaves of a tree. Now imagine these leaves could do more than simply churn in the current of air—what if they could capture the wind and transform it into renewable energy? Read more at Quartz.

A Super-Nerdy Insurance Plan Could Save Countries From Damage Caused by Climate Change

On October 29, 2010, a tropical storm off the coast of the island nation of St. Lucia quickly gained force and mutated into a Category-2 cyclone. There was no time to prepare for a hurricane of these proportions, no time to evacuate. Read more at Quartz.

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