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The international climate change agreement expected at the United Nations climate talks in Paris in December is just one part of the solution. The Paris conference serves as a focal point for efforts, but by no means will the work stop there.

Governments are in the process of putting forward their proposals for the Paris agreement, called Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). These set out the actions they will take, or would like to take with the necessary help, and the policies they will implement in the future to curb emissions. By the first official ‘deadline’, 31 March, the UN Framework...

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