Rachel Waldholz is an independent producer based in Berlin. She previously covered energy and the environment for Alaska’s Energy Desk in Anchorage, where she was a producer for the podcast Midnight Oil. Her work has appeared on national programs including NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, and Marketplace.
On Dec. 15, after two marathon overnight negotiating sessions took the COP25 climate talks nearly 48 hours past their original Friday deadline, the conference adjourned without much to show for it.
Negotiators created rules to help the world meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. But the UN climate chief still told the delegation, "Climate change is still running faster than us."
Negotiators are far from the breakthrough agreement that most say is needed at the UN climate summit in Poland. And fingers are being pointed at the US for playing the heavy.
Coal smog can make many poles feel like they're living in the 19th century. Now a growing grassroots movement is pushing local and national governments to cut smog and rethink the country's heavy reliance on coal.
This year's global climate conference is convening in the heart of Poland's coal country. Poland's leaders are vowing to continue their heavy reliance on coal, but the politics and economics of the highly-polluting fuel are starting to shift.