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CMA – Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement

CMA is the short form for the group of the countries who have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement. The full name of this governing body is “Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement”. Meetings of this group are numbered and called “CMA1” etc. The first meeting of the …

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Kyoto Protocol

The Kyoto Protocol is an international treaty from 1997. It is connected to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It has in essence been replaced by the Paris Agreement, agreed at COP21 in December 2015. The Kyoto Protocol set more concrete targets for reducing emissions than the convention does. The targets were however far …

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100 projects for the climate

00 projects for climate” aims to speed up the emergence of citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming.

The Climate Dictionary is one of the projects competing to be named one of the 100 projects for the climate, an initiative by the chair of COP21 (French Minister of the Environment, Ségolène Royal). The idea of “100 projects for the climate” is to speed up citizen-led initiatives to combat global warming by supporting them. On the …

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Global warming

A scientific study of tweets showed differences between global warming and climate change. Twitter mosaic by Joe Lazarus (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Global warming is usually the same thing as climate change, see this word for a longer explanation. The one difference we want to highlight is that the two terms are used by different people. People who refuse the scientific evidence about climate change (“climate skeptics/deniers”) more often use the term global warming than others. People …

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Climate change

Climate change can lead to stronger winds, rising seas and flooding. Here huge waves crashing over the front at Port William, Great Britain 2014. Photo: David Baird (CC BY-SA 2.0)

There is natural climate change and then there is man-made climate change – and the latter is where the world’s scientists have measured dramatic changes over the last decades. The world is on average around 1°C warmer now than before the industrialization. When fossil fuels are burnt and the concentration of greenhouse gases in the …

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