international climate agreements

Paris Talks: From the Visionary to the Nitty-Gritty

December 2, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

The leaders have jetted off back to their home nations, and the focus here at COP 21 has shifted from the visionary to the actual nitty-gritty. Now begins the tough grind of narrowing differences, issue by issue, and finding words everyone can agree on.[read more]

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

June 10, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

The G7 countries have sent a clear signal that they want a climate agreement that puts the world on a better path to avoiding the impacts of climate change. The G7 includes the largest developed economies in the world. What they outline can have a powerful impact on the overall shape of the Paris agreement.[read more]

Rising Pollution in the Developing World: Is India a Climate Protection 'Wild Card'?

December 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

India as Climate Wild Card

The world is constantly and almost instantaneously transforming right before our very eyes. And given the great complexity and increasing interconnectedness of resulting emerging challenges it is advisable for policymakers to attempt to get ahead of the curve.[read more]

President Obama State of the Union Address: International Climate Implications

January 31, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Addressing climate change is a key legacy issue for President Obama. His tenure is occurring when the scientific evidence on climate change is irrefutable, the imperative to act immediately is evident, and the ability to act decisively is within grasp.[read more]

UN Climate Talks Go Into Overtime (Part I) (Updated)

November 24, 2013 by Michael Davidson

United Nations and Climate Change


Two weeks at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (COP19) have passed, and talks continued well into early Saturday. As I wrote earlier, this conference was an important step on the way to Paris in 2015, when an international treaty for action on climate change post-2020 will be sought.[read more]

Coal and Climate, a Tale of Two Summits: UNFCCC Chief Figueres Addresses Coal Conference in Poland

November 21, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Perhaps one of the biggest ironies at the ongoing COP 19 climate conference is the open acceptance of corporate sponsorship by Poland, this year’s host country for the talks – sponsors that are mostly fossil fuel companies such as Lotos, a Polish oil company and brown coal producer PGE.[read more]

When a Country Weakens its Climate Target, Does it Make a Sound?: The Japanese Precedent

November 19, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

Japan has formally signaled that it will renege on its climate commitment to reduce emissions. Instead of significantly reducing emissions they are now saying that they will have their emissions increase. This is a disappointment that is drawing scorn from a variety of quarters.[read more]

COP 19 Opens in Warsaw With Modest Expectatations

November 13, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

COP 19 in Warsaw

Monday marked the beginning of the COP19 climate talks, this year hosted in Warsaw, Poland. Expectations for ambitious progress in the coming two weeks are dampened by economic concerns, despite expression of increasing urgency from the scientific community for effective action.[read more]

Mixed Signals and Missed Opportunities as India Puts the Brakes on HFC Phase-Down Talks

October 31, 2013 by David Doniger

After a summer of diplomatic progress at the level of presidents and prime ministers, expectations were high that countries would launch negotiations on phasing down the dangerous heat-trapping HFCs at meetings of the Montreal Protocol in Bangkok last week.[read more]

Climate and Conflict [VIDEO]

October 6, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Conflicts

A recent episode from Dr. Joylette Portlock’s YouTube series, titled 'Don’t Just Sit There, Do Something', discusses the impact of climate change on national and international security, and how global warming can lead to dangerous conflicts.[read more]

India and US Make Progress on HFC Super-Pollutants

September 30, 2013 by David Doniger

The pace of action to phase down the super-potent heat-trapping HFCs quickened when President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Singh announced new joint steps towards controlling HFCs under the Montreal Protocol, the treaty that saved the ozone layer.[read more]

Internalizing Externalities: A Call for Pragmatic Climate and Trade Policies

September 9, 2013 by David Vincent

Climate and Trade Agreements

The classic conversation on climate change does not speak much about trade policy. Maybe it should. The nations of the world face the intersection of two global dilemmas: enhancing economic welfare through trade liberalization and mitigating climate change.[read more]

House Committee to Gut Funding Supporting International Action on Global Warming

July 27, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

The House Appropriations subcommittee responsible for outlining US international global warming funding has just released their bill detailing the amount of money that will support these efforts.  This comes on the heels of a House authorization bill passed out of committee with an amendment from Rep. Connie Mack (R-FL) that would...[read more]

The Cancun Compromise

December 11, 2010 by Joseph Romm

The UN Climate Summit in Cancun ends with a bang big enough to advance a progressive global climate agenda another year and possibly a bit longer.  Andrew Light, CAP’s Coordinator of International Climate Policy, offers his take. The consensus reached at 3:00am this morning to forge the “Cancun Agreements” is a critical step...[read more]