Paris in Context


December 1, 2015 | by Office of Sustainability staff

As world leaders enter the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21), we at the University of Wisconsin–Madison are reminded of the role we have to play in this global conversation as today’s problem solvers and tomorrow’s visionaries.

COP21 is the highly anticipated global meeting in which nations will debate how to reduce the global greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to changing global climate. Several UW professors and scientists will be joining the conversations.

Below we’ve provided resources that shed light on the history, context, and scientific realities that will frame the Paris climate talks, with the hopes that Badgers around the world will have the tools to engage in meaningful conversation on climate change at this historic moment.

The latest: News coverage of COP21

Visit The Guardian for ongoing coverage of the two-week conversation, including videos, blogs, and analyses.

News-Climate-Change-Con-11262015 (1)Local tie: UW scientists ‘acting globally’ in Paris

Madison’s Isthmus speaks with several UW scientists who will urge movement on climate change.

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 3.13.16 PMYes Oui Can! Overview of Paris climate talks

Follow Grist as they cover the climate talks in a special series. Confused about what’s happening? Watch this video explainer.

climateq-master1050Quick facts: Short answers to questions about climate

The New York Times offers short, compelling answers to some common questions about climate change.


Option 6.ngsversion.1447884000643.adapt.1190.1Special issue: Climate change is here

The National Geographic special issue on climate change tackles what’s happening and what we can do going forward.

Screen Shot 2015-11-30 at 3.21.27 PMComic book: The history of climate talks

Nature magazine explores the complex political history of climate talks with visual storytelling.

img-1There’s hope: What you can do about climate change

Climate change is complicated, but the New York Times outlines seven things you can do to reduce your impact.

Photo by United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

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