Sign up | Login with →

International Climate Conferences

Why We Are Working With Colleagues in China to Develop Sustainability Metrics

October 22, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Developing Sustainability Metrics

I visited Beijing last week to finalize a partnership between Columbia University and the China Center for International Economic Exchanges. Our goal is to develop a set of sustainability metrics that can be used by businesses and governmental agencies in China, the United States, and around the world.[read more]

exclusive

The Alternative to the Climate Nuclear Option is Innovation

October 22, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
30

Climate Nuclear Option Alternatives

Out of fear the world is running out of time to act on climate change, some advocates are calling for the nuclear option: limiting economic growth to deeply decarbonize the global economy. It’s easy to see why: world leaders continue to propose weak policy options that guarantee dangerous global warming.[read more]

A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

October 22, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke
1

India Development Strategy

During his first official visit to the U.S., India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, met with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India's development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today.[read more]

Upcoming US Arctic Council Chairmanship Should not Focus on Military Security

October 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

The Arctic and the Military

Even though these developments seem to push military security on the US Arctic agenda, it better serves US interest to comprehend Russia’s moves in the Arctic as rational and expand the use of confidence-building measures, as well as prioritize climate change during its Arctic Council Chairmanship.[read more]

People's Climate March and Conservatives: Should Naomi Klein and Bill McKibben Engage the Political Right?

October 14, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen

On September 21, hundreds of thousands joined the People’s Climate March in New York. While the marchers were diverse, it was diversity among liberals and leftists. The anti-globalization, anti-corporate, anti-agribusiness, socialist, and labor activists were all there in large numbers, making a lot of noise.[read more]

Should the Climate Movement Turn Down the Radicalism?

October 13, 2014 by Neil Stenhouse
15

Climate Activism and Radicals

The People’s Climate March was an enormous success. Months of hard work by thousands of people from all across the country resulted in the largest climate protest ever. Bigger and better than the Forward on Climate rally in DC in 2013. That said, I was ambivalent about some aspects of the march.[read more]

Charting China's Carbon Horizon

October 13, 2014 by Lucas Bifera

Carbon, China, and the Future

Discussions around China’s carbon emissions reached a fever pitch throughout September’s UN Climate Summit, punctuated by a new report from the Global Carbon Project estimating the country’s total emissions at 9.9 billion metric tons of CO2 (MTCO2) in 2013, or 28% of the global total.[read more]

People's Climate March: What’s the Impact?

October 11, 2014 by Johannes Urpelainen

While the energy and enthusiasm at the People's Climate March was great, the reason for the march was that we want to see more ambitious policies. The march itself does not reduce emissions, but it may draw more attention to climate change and send a signal to decision-makers that action is required.[read more]

Why is the Arctic at the Center of World Politics?

October 10, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

The Artic and Politics

News coverage of the Arctic has been growing with the rising importance of the region in recent years. The focus of international politics often tends to revolve around energy security within the context of a global scramble for resources to keep individual countries’ economic growth engines humming.[read more]

IEA Acknowledges Rebound Effects

October 7, 2014 by Alex Trembath
7

Rebound Effects

A reversal in the International Energy Agency’s views on energy efficiency suggests that as much as 2,176 million tons of oil equivalent worth of extra clean energy consumption will be required by 2035 to meet the organization’s aggressive climate targets.[read more]

Giving States the Credit They Deserve for Global Leadership

October 7, 2014 by Tom Plant

States and Energy Leadership

Those seeking climate action from the U.S. should actually be looking at the states and what they’re already doing. As international climate talks open up to “sub-national” participants, states may get a chance to take their rightful place among the world’s advanced energy leaders.[read more]

Did the "People's Climate" March Leave Conservatives on the Sidelines?

October 6, 2014 by Sieren Ernst
28

No one march will be enough to stop climate change, and the organizations putting people in the streets are powerful. They could be more so. The environmental movement has repeatedly claimed that “climate change is not a left or right issue.” If that’s true, they need to walk the walk.[read more]

U.N. Climate Summit Underscores Perennial Differences on Climate Change

October 6, 2014 by Henry Auer

Climate Change Differences

The United Nations convened a Climate Summit as a springboard for action on addressing global warming. And negotiations toward a new international climate treaty to stabilize the world’s average temperature are about to begin under the U. N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.[read more]

Can North America Harmonize Energy Policy?

October 6, 2014 by Edward Dodge

North America and International Policy

There have been a variety of efforts in recent years to harmonize energy policy and markets across the US, Canada, and Mexico. At the North American Gas Forum meeting this past week in Washington D.C. some of these efforts were discussed.[read more]

Rise of Renewables in Germany

October 4, 2014 by Ripudaman Malhotra
10

Germany and Renewable Energy

 

The release of the report 'Better Growth, Better Climate' just last week and the People’s Climate March just before the United Nations Climate Summit recently has focused a great deal of public attention on the ever-growing crisis of climate change.[read more]