The latest round of climate negotiations are under way at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland.
Carmen Boening is a scientist in the Climate Physics Group at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She is reporting from the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Poland.
It was a bit of a shock to the system leaving behind the warmth of Pasadena in California, where it was 81F (27C) when I left, and arriving in Warsaw, Poland, where it is 40F (22C) cooler. I’ve come to Warsaw to be part of this year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP19), and it’s been incredibly exciting to take in the large range of topics under discussion. I’m based at the U.S. Center at the conference, where delegates from around the U.S. are giving presentations on a variety of topics about climate science and applications of the science.
People from all over the world have trickled into the U.S. Center, interested in learning about our work and how it could be used by policymakers.
As a scientist, it’s fascinating to get an insight into the climate policy efforts that are happening on the international scale. The goal is challenging: to reach a consensus between countries with sometimes very diverse interests.