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The Paris Climate Change Talks: What Did the President Promise and When Did He Promise It?
Charles Sims, Faculty Fellow, Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy, investigates the international climate change negotiations that took place in Paris in December 2015 that have generated considerable media attention. Officially titled the 21 st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UNFCCC is an international treaty initiated in 1992 to cooperatively consider what countries could do to limit climate change. The parties to the convention have met annually from 1995 and are perhaps best known for the 1997 Kyoto Protocol that committed countries to greenhouse gas emission reduction targets (see http://unfccc.int/kyoto_protocol/items/2830.php).