Poland’s Coal Country Hosting UN Climate Summit Amid Upheaval in France

POLAND CLIMATE
World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, the President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Prime Minister of Fiji and COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, Michal Kurtyka, President of the COP24, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, from left, gather for the opening of the Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Czarek Sokolowski / AP Photo
POLAND CLIMATE
World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva, the President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces, Prime Minister of Fiji and COP 23 President Frank Bainimarama, Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, Michal Kurtyka, President of the COP24, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, from left, gather for the opening of the Climate Change Conference COP24 in Katowice, Poland, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. Czarek Sokolowski / AP Photo

Poland’s Coal Country Hosting UN Climate Summit Amid Upheaval in France

This week international leaders, scientists and activists will gather at the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP24). The conference, being help in Poland’s coal country, will cover a variety of issues surrounding climate change and renewable energy. The U.S., Brazil, and Australia have all publicly condemned supposed penalties imposed by U.N. climate commitments. As evident by recent events in France, increasing taxes on consumer energy consumption without an alternative can result in mass upheaval. To discuss we are joined by Mariana Panuncio-Feldman, the Senior Director of International Climate Cooperation for the World Wildlife Fund. Also joining us is Alden Meyer, the Director of Strategy & Policy for the Union of Concerned Scientists.  Both Meyer and Panuncio-Feldman are currently in Katowice, Poland for the Climate Conference.