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International Climate Conferences

The Price is Not (Yet) Right in Climate Policy on Both Sides of the Atlantic

August 4, 2014 by Sieren Ernst
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Recently at the Center for Global Development, IMF Director Christine Legarde gave a talk promoting ‘responsible’ energy pricing, defined as pricing reflects the environmental costs of fossil fuels by way of launching the IMF’s new publication, Getting Energy Prices Right, From Principle to Practices.[read more]

Will Coal Exports Abroad Offset Hard-Won Carbon Reductions at Home?

July 29, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Coal Exports and Carbon Reduction

Many are hoping that the current U.S. commitment to reducing domestic emissions will provide the moral authority needed to negotiate international commitments next year in Paris. It is important to understand and account for the emissions implications of both our energy consumption and production.[read more]

Some More Pieces of the Paris Jigsaw?

July 14, 2014 by David Hone

Paris Prep

As we head towards COP21 in Paris at the end of 2015, various initiatives are coming to the fore to support the process. So far these are non-governmental in nature, for example the “We Mean Business” initiative backed by organisations such as WBCSD, CLG and The Climate Group.[read more]

Model Governance and Emissions Models, Transparency and Climate Policy in China and the EU

July 1, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Last week Reuters published a brief article updating the public on the status of the Beijing’s emissions trading system, with its thinly trade volumes and largely opaque transactions. But opaque climate policy is not merely the purview of post-communist oligarchies.[read more]

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Why We Need CCS, Part 4: Carbon Negative Solutions

June 30, 2014 by Schalk Cloete
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CCS and Carbon Negative Solutions

If climate science proves to be correct and the 450 ppm scenario is confirmed as a global priority in the medium-term future, we will probably require a very large scale deployment of CO2 negative technologies from the middle of this century. According to the IPCC, CCS will play a very important role in this regard.[read more]

Climate Change Policy: The European Trading Scheme (ETS)

June 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

European Trading Scheme

A session at the 37th IAEE International Conference in New York, "Climate Change & Carbon Policies: International Lessons and Perspectives,” continued to draw crowds as experts on climate change and carbon policies highlighted different approaches to those issues in the US, China, and Europe.[read more]

The ADB's Dirty Little Coal Secret

June 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Lurking beneath the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s clean energy exterior is a dirty secret: Despite their promises to bring clean energy in the Asia-Pacific region, ADB continues to be one of the main supporters of dirty coal projects overseas.[read more]

Climate Change: "Europe Must Rediscover Its Ambition" Urges UNEP Executive Director [VIDEO]

June 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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Europe's Energy Ambition

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), meets with viEUws.eu leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen to talk about climate change goals and Europe’s role in the global climate negotiations.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

June 19, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Policy and New Ideas

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher the cost of mitigation and the harder the task.[read more]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

June 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation).[read more]

Are the Semantics of Climate Change Assessments Fooling Us?

June 12, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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The 1990 IPCC report contains warnings about effects of climate change in its “Summary for Policymakers” (which is great, because how many policymakers read the whole report?), but when the document is read more thoroughly, the language weakens the urgency for climate change action.[read more]

Steps Towards Paris 2015

June 12, 2014 by David Hone

National climate negotiators and a number of Energy/Environment Ministers are currently meeting in Bonn as the global climate deal process slowly edges forward. Whether the steps being taken are big or small remains to be seen, but there are at least steps, so that is a start.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]