Cop21-UGA : Grenoble mobilized for the climate

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FOCUS – Ahead of the international conference on climate change, scheduled for December in Paris, researchers from Grenoble are mobilizing. Scientists, economists, even a political scientist and a linguist, from a group called Cop21-UGA, have offered to discuss, debate and illuminate the field of climate change. The next meeting will be held on 28th April, 2015.




Drilling in Antarctica December 2013: details about climate change found in ice cores. © Photo by Jérôme Chappellaz CNRS/LGGE

Drilling in Antarctica December 2013 : details about cli­mate change found in ice cores. © Jérôme Chappellaz CNRS/LGGE

Will 2015 be a key year for inter­na­tio­nal cli­mate nego­tia­tions ? In December, at the 21st Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention (Cop 21), people from nearly 200 coun­tries will come toge­ther in Paris, to dis­cuss mea­sures to limit cli­mate change.


A tar­get date has been set by the par­ties, to reach a new agree­ment that will take effect in 2020, aiming to limit ave­rage glo­bal war­ming to 2° C. After the signing of the Kyoto Protocol in 1997 and Copenhagen’s fai­lure in 2009, Paris har­bours many hopes…




Grenoble mobilized by Cop21-UGA



In the mean­time, resear­chers are mobi­li­zing, espe­cially in Grenoble, where a group cal­led Cop21-UGA (Université Grenoble Alpes) has for­med a wor­king group ; it has solid refe­rences, since about ten Grenoble labo­ra­to­ries contri­bu­ted to the last IPCC report.


Thus, scien­tists, eco­no­mists, even a poli­ti­cal scien­tist and a lin­guist, from labo­ra­to­ries and schools in Grenoble, pro­vide year-round pers­pec­tives on the scien­ti­fic, tech­ni­cal and socio-eco­no­mic issues indu­ced by cli­mate change, by offe­ring confe­rences and debates.


Program : impacts of cli­mate change on water, bio­di­ver­sity and cli­mate change, the eco­nomy of cli­mate poli­cies, the scope and legal effects of the Paris Protocol… The next confe­rence in English will be held on 28th April, 2015 at 12:30pm, in the grounds of the Saint-Martin-d’Hères uni­ver­sity, in the Weil amphi­theatre. The theme of the confe­rence, chai­red by Paul Leadley, coor­di­na­tor of the “Biodiversity” chap­ter of the IPCC wor­king group II : “Biodiversity and cli­mate change : main mes­sages from and key chal­lenges for IPCC and IPBES assess­ments”.


Find more infor­ma­tion about all plan­ned mee­tings in 2015, concer­ning the cli­mate, in Grenoble and the Rhône-Alpes, on the Cop21-UGA web­site.



Patricia Cerinsek




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