The world’s eyes will be on Paris again at the end of November. Barely a fortnight after the Paris terror attacks, heads of state and government will congregate on the French capital for United Nations climate talks. Although the public demonstrations that typically accompany such a summit have been cancelled for security reasons, activists hope that the horrors of the past few days will only strengthen the unity and resolve of world leaders to come to an agreement.
On the road to Paris 2015, Debating Europe, in partnership with Friends of Europe, will be inviting policymakers and experts to respond to YOUR questions on climate change as part of a series of debates.
Do you need some of the facts about the numbers involved? We’ve collected information on the climate pledges made by some of the biggest Asian economies – India, Japan, and South Korea – in the infographic below (click for a bigger image). You can see the figures for the United States, the European Union, and China in our previous infographic in the series.
Could hopes for a successful Paris summit be misplaced? We had a comment sent in from Bob arguing that people need to be more aware of what will happen if we don’t change our behaviour and drastically reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. But what will happen?
To get a response, we spoke to Janos Pasztor, Assistant UN Secretary-General on Climate Change, and asked him what would happen if the Paris summit fails to reach an agreement:
We also had a comment from Jan, who believes that the question of historical responsibility and “carbon debt” of developed countries is one of the major sticking points for the negotiations. Should developed countries have to pay more for climate change, seeing as they are historically the main reason for a warming climate?
We put Jan’s comment to Janos Pasztor to see what he had to say:
To get another perspective, we also took Jan’s comment to Carole Dieschbourg, Luxembourg’s Environment Minister. What would she say to Jan about the historical responsibility of Europeans for climate change?
Finally, we had a comment sent in from Yannick in the wake of the Volkswagen emissions test scandal. He believes that companies cannot be trusted to follow the rules, so it is up to governments to enforce them better.
Does Carole Dieschbourg, Minister for the Environment of Luxembourg, agree with Yannick?
Will the Paris climate summit be enough to prevent catastrophic warming? What happens if the agreement isn’t enough? And should developed countries pay more for climate change? Let us know your thoughts and comments in the form below, and we’ll take them to policymakers and experts for their reactions!