Compendium of Online Resources on the Paris Agreement

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UNFCCC, Text of the Paris Agreement, Dec. 12, 2015
UN News Centre, COP21: UN chief hails new climate change agreement as ‘monumental triumph’,  Dec. 12, 2015


Daniel Bodansky, Reflections on the Paris Conference, Opinio Juris, Dec. 17, 2015
Will Bugler, COP21: Historic agreement reached, but hard work begins now, Acclimatise, Dec. 14, 2015
Joshua Busby, After Paris: Good Enough Climate Governance, Current History, Jan. 2016
Carbon Brief, Analysis: The final Paris Deal, Dec. 12, 2015
Center for Climate & Energy Solutions, Outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (Dec. 2015)
Committee on Climate Change (UK), The good, the bad, and the ugly of the Paris Agreement, Dec. 21, 2015
Thomas Day, et al., What the Paris Agreement means for global climate change mitigation, New Climate Institute, Dec. 14, 2015
John Dernbach, Paris to Earth: Act Locally within the Global Framework, Dec. 13, 2015
Meinhard Doelle, The Paris Agreement: Historic Breakthrough or High Stakes Experiment, SSRN, Dec. 22, 2015
Meinhard Doelle, The Paris Climate Agreement: Historic Breakthrough in Spite of Shortcomings, Marine and Environmental Law News Blog, Dalhousie University, Dec. 13, 2015
Justin Gillis, Climate Accord is a Healing Step, if Not a Cure, The New York Times, Dec. 12, 2015
Peter Haas, The day after Paris: politicians hand the baton to green industries, The Conversation, Dec. 17, 2015
IISD, Earth Negotiations Bulletin, Summary of the Paris Climate Conference, Dec. 13, 2015
Michael Leibreich, We’ll Always Have Paris, Bloomberg New Energy Finance, Dec. 16, 2015
Kelly Levin, Understanding the Paris Agreement’s Long-term Goal to Limit Global Warming, World Resources Institute, INSIDER, Dec. 15, 2015
Sarah E. Light, Reasons for Optimism in the Paris Agreement, RegBlog, Dec. 24, 2015
Robinson Meyer, A Reader’s Guide to the Paris Agreement, The Atlantic, Dec. 16, 2015
Axel Michaelowa, The Paris COP: Laying the foundation for ambitious climate change mitigation, Perspectives Climate Change, Dec. 14, 2015
Jennifer Morgan, 4 Signs the Paris Agreement Is the Start of a New Era in International Climate Action, World Resources Institute Blog, Dec. 14, 2015
Eric W. Orts, The Paris Agreement Delivers a Champagne Moment, RegBlog, Dec. 22, 2015
David Roberts, The conceptual breakthrough behind the Paris climate treaty, Vox, Dec. 15, 2015
Robert Stavins, Paris Agreement – A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress, Resources for the Future, Dec. 14, 2015
Robert Stavins, At last, global fretting on climate change, Harvard Gazette, Dec. 14, 2015
David Victor, Why Paris Worked: A Different Approach to Climate Diplomacy, Yale Environment360, Dec. 15, 2015
Shailendra Yashwant, A beginner’s guide to what transpired at the Paris Summit, Scrollin, Dec. 17, 2015
The Paris agreement marks an unprecedented political recognition of the risks of climate change, The Economist, Dec. 12, 2015
Paris climate deal is agreed – but is it really good enough?, New Scientist, Dec. 12, 2015


Ben Adler, The Big Climate Agreement Won’t Keep Fossil Fuels in the Ground, Mother Jones, Dec. 9, 2015
Tom Bawden, COP21: Paris deal far too weak to prevent devastating climate change, academics warn, Jan. 8, 2016
John Clark, The Summit of Ambition: COP21 Adopts Higher Ambition Standards, Academia, Dec. 18, 2015
Danny Chivers & Jess Worth, Paris Deal: Epic Fail on a Planetary Scale, New Internationalist, Dec. 12, 2015
Oliver Gedden, Paris climate deal: the trouble with targetism, The Guardian, Dec. 14, 2015
James Hansen, father of climate change awareness, calls Paris talks ‘a fraud,’ The Guardian, Dec. 12, 2015
Naomi Klein, We are Out of Time: We Need to Take a Leap, Bill Moyers, Dec. 11, 2015
George Monbiot, Grand promises of Paris climate deal undermined by squalid retrenchments, The Guardian, Dec. 12, 2015
Benito Müller, Finance in Paris, Oxford Climate Policy Blog, Jan. 2, 2016
Surya P. Sethi, Ten Inconvenient Truths about the Paris Climate Accord, Dec. 16, 2015
Ezra Silk, Sanders’ Climate Plan Outdated & Insufficient After the Paris Agreement, The Climate Mobilization, Dec. 17, 2015
Tom Switzer, Paris agreement is a triumph of hope over facts, Sydney Morning Herald, Dec. 28, 2015


G. Ananthakrishnan, 1.5C Target is a Tall Order, The Hindu, Dec. 10, 2015
Carbon Trade Watch, Paths Beyond Paris: Movements, Action, and Solidarity Towards Climate Justice, Dec. 1, 2015
Dan Farber, Does the Paris agreement open the door to geoengineering?, The Berkeley Blog, Dec. 14, 2015
Piers Forster, 1.5C is a brave new world, CarbonBrief, Dec. 15, 2015
Michael Gerrard, Legal Implications of the Paris Agreement for Fossil Fuels, Sabin Center for Climate Change Law, Dec. 19, 2015
Georgetown Climate Center, The Next Frontier of Climate Change, Dec. 18, 2015
Justin Gillis, A Path for Climate Change, Beyond Paris, The New York Times, Dec. 1, 2015
Hilal Elver, Climate change and the right to food, Aljazeera, Dec. 23, 2015
Michael Hopkin, Beyond Paris: What was really achieved at the COP21 climate summit, and what next?, The Conversation, Dec. 13, 2015
Nick Mabey, et al., Judging the COP21 outcome and what’s next for climate action, E3G, Dec. 12, 2015
Bill McKibben, Climate deal: the pistol has fired, so why aren’t we running?, The Guardian, Dec. 13, 2015
Joe Meyer, Which countries have the most work to meet the Paris Agreement?,World Economic Forum, Dec. 16, 2015
Dominique Maingot, COP21: Taking a closer look at climate’s impacts on the oceans, Outreach on Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Jan. 10, 2016
Eliza Northrup, Not Just for Paris, but for the Future: How the Paris Agreement Will Keep Accelerating Climate Action, World Resources Institute Blog, Dec. 14, 2015
Brad Plumer, The world just agreed to a major climate deal in Paris. Now comes the hard part,  Vox, Dec. 12, 2015
Sara Stefanini, Next stop for the Paris climate deal: the courts, Politico, Jan. 11, 2016
Durwood Zaelke, Climate Agreement in Paris: Champagne Tonight, Hard Work, Fast Mitigation Tomorrow, Huffington Post Blog, Dec. 13, 2015
Paris Agreement: near-term actions do not match long term purpose – but stage is set to ramp up climate action, Climate Action Tracker, Dec. 12, 2015
Beyond Paris: What was really achieved at the COP21 climate summit, and what next? (74-page e-book prepared by The Conversation)
UN chief calls for action on Paris climate agreement, Climate Action, Jan. 22, 2016


Lauren Compere, The Role of Investors After Paris, Huffington Post Blog, Dec. 28, 2015
Clifford Krauss & Keith Bradshear, Climate Deal is Signal to Industry: The Era of Carbon Reduction is Here, New York Times, Dec. 13, 2015
Kevin Moss, Business Helped Make the Paris Agreement Possible, World Resources Institute Blog, Dec. 17, 2015
Valdeshi Shah, Business pledges at COP21: Progress or COP out?, Ecobusiness, Dec. 11, 2015
What does the Paris Agreement Mean for Business?, Interview with Carbon Tracker’s CEO Anthony Hobley


Paul Brown, Paris Deals Crushing Blow to Coal, Climate News Network, Dec. 19, 2015
Chris Carr, Robert Fleischman, William Sloan, Paris Agreement on Climate Change Boosts Clean Energy Innovation and Finance, Breaking Energy, Dec. 23, 2015
Suzanne Goldenberg, Rapid switch to renewable energy can put Paris climate goals within reach, The Guardian, Jan. 16, 2016
Eric Holthaus, Paris Agreement Ushers in End of the Fossil Fuel Era,  The Slatest, Dec. 12, 2015


Baker & McKenzie, The Paris Agreement. Putting the first universal climate change treaty in context, Jan. 2016
Daniel Bodansky, Reflections on the Paris Conference, Opinio Juris, Dec. 17, 2015
Elizabeth Burleson, Paris Agreement and Consensus to Address Climate Challenge, SSRN, Jan. 1, 2016
Gary Coglianese, When Management-Based Regulation Goes Global, RegBlog, Dec. 23, 2015
Jean Galbraith, The Legal Structure of the Paris Agreement, RegBlog, Dec. 21, 2015
Jennifer Morgan & Eliza Northrup, Form AND Function: Why the Paris Agreement’s Legal Form Is So Important, World Resources Institute Blog, Dec. 16, 2015
Sara Stefanini, Next stop for the Paris climate deal: the courts, Politico, Jan. 11, 2016
Jorge E. Viñuales, The Paris Climate Agreement: An Initial Examination,  C-EENRG Working Papers, no. 6, Dec. 15, 2015

7.1 Loss and Damage

William C.G. Burns, Loss and Damage and the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, SSRN, January 2016
Kathleen Mogelgaard & Heather McGray, When Adaptation Is Not Enough: Paris Agreement Recognizes “Loss and Damage,” World Resources Institute, Dec. 24, 2015
Saleemul Huq & Roger Mark De Souza, Climate Compensation: How Loss and Damage Fared in the Paris Agreement, New Security Beat, Jan. 12, 2106


Katherine Lake, How will carbon markets help the Paris climate agreement?, The Conversation, Dec. 13, 2015
Anthony Mansell, What role for carbon markets in the 2015 climate agreement?, Biores, Volume 9, Number 1
Rebecca Pearse, After Paris: Where Now for Carbon Pricing?, Inside Story, Dec. 21, 2015


Alice Kaswan, The Paris Agreement and Theories of Justice, Center for Progressive Reform, Dec. 21, 2015