With the release of the revised National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) during what is turning out to be one of the hottest summers on record, much attention has turned toward how planning policy is guiding the adaption of cities to the challenges posed by climate change. This has been stoked by the publication last week of the Environmental Audit Committee’s (EAC) report setting out the risks posed to UK cities by the increasing regularity of extreme and unpredictable weather events.
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The 21st Climate Change Conference is currently being held from 30th November to 11th December 2015 in Paris. The Conference is called COP 21, and is short for The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.
The framework was originally adopted at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro and led to the 1995 Kyoto Protocol, which legally binds developed countries to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The Conference seeks to produce a new framework, which will replace the Kyoto agreement when it runs out in 2020. The 195 convention signatories (which also includes developing countries) will vote on the text of a new agreement aimed at keeping global warming below an agreed temperature rise.