1 December 2015

COP21, the 2015 Paris Climate Conference: recommended academic resources

The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP 21, or CMP 11, is being held in Paris from November 30 to December 11. It will be the 21st yearly session of the Conference of the Parties to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 11th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the 1997 Kyoto Protocol.

Official websites
The official website has agendas, documents, decisions and webcasts.
On the left of the home page there are some very useful links to basic treaties, documents and process information.
The Paris organisers have an official twitter account with the latest news, and an English official account.

National governments and international bodies
UK government website with information for citizens
the House of Commons Library have also prepared an excellent briefing
European Commission work on climate change OECD documents and policy on climate change
UNDP video   and UNDP policy and documents
 IEA document on energy and climate change 2015
NATO Parliamentary assembly 
World Meterological organization statement on temperatures and climate

News coverage
Find out why the conference matters in this BBC short video
More updates and detailed analysis can also be obtained from the News websites:
Nature magazine
New York Times EurActiv

Declarations from interest groups and campaigners
Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
The Women's Earth & Climate Action Network
Shift Project 

Green Alliance ( Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, RSPB, and WWF) 

Academic research and analysis
Brookings Institution
World Resources Institute, which also has some papers with suggestions on the legal text
The Conversation blog
Chatham House calls for lowering meat consumption
Grantham Institute LSE

Articles and reports
eldis has lots of links to free reports and documents
Aston University has subscriptions to a number of relevant databases containing articles on this topic, including: GreenFILE, Scopus and Web of Science

With many thanks to Heather Dawson, ALISS secretary and LSE Academic Support Librarian
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