This week in Katowice, Poland, the United Nations began its 24th annual climate conference, the Convention of the Parties. Three years ago, at the COP in Paris that produced the famous Paris Agreement, the nations decided that this year's conference would involve writing a "rulebook" that would attempt to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius. (Pacific Standard staff writer Kate Wheeling is in Katowice tracking the conference's progress and reporting on advancements in industries like shipping and aviation.)
Meanwhile, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is meeting in Vienna, Austria. The group, along with Russia, has agreed to reduce petroleum production in a bid to drive up prices, despite the displeasure of United States President Donald Trump. Oil prices have increased up to 5 percent in response.
And across the world, activists and young people are protesting and calling for action on climate change—in Australia, Germany, Poland, and elsewhere. A group of youth climate activists confronted COP24 directly, as Wheeling reported from Katowice:
"From environment defenders in Latin America to the Standing Rock Sioux in the U.S. to the anti-coal activists in the Philippines and right here in Poland, we're here, we're rising, we're resisting, we're fighting," Khan [a member of youth-led non-profit SustainUS] said in her address to developed nations, "but where are you?"
On the latest episode of Pacific Standard's podcast about how our stories are made, we talk with staff writer Kate Wheeling about her upcoming trip to cover the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland.