Representatives from 196 nations will convene in Paris on November 30, 2015 to negotiate a global agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, applicable to all countries, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. ISciences authors a presentation series on the evolution of multilateral agreements related to climate change - Kyoto and Beyond - to encourage public discussion of global environmental security issues. The latest installment is now available: Road to Paris COP21 (PowerPoint slideshow); Road to Paris COP21 (pdf). The complete series is available at: http://www.isciences.com/kyoto-and-beyond/.

In 1992 the UNFCCC established the goal of reducing GHGs to “prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”  The specter of climate change poses significant challenges as we seek to improve and sustain our common future.

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