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Making Clean Energy a Reality for All

March 10, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Clean Energy Access

Climate change is a global problem that requires a solution at scale with its extensive nature. This is an unfortunate reality that is often overlooked in climate policy debates, which in the past few decades have been focused on national efforts to develop economic mechanisms to regulate carbon.[read more]

Powering Our Urban Future: Spotlight on Turkey

March 10, 2014 by Marianne Lavelle

Turkey and Urban Future

Istanbul is a perfect setting for a close look at the energy and sustainability challenges of our increasingly urban planet. With 14 million people, Istanbul is the largest city in Europe. But energy demand across Turkey is growing at a rate more typical of much of Asia–about 45 percent per year.[read more]

New Jersey Must Consider Climate Change Risks in Recovery Programs

March 9, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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New Jersey and Climate Change

Extreme weather events in recent years have made states throughout the country rethink how investments in communities can make them more resilient to future storms and other types of natural disasters. There is no clearer example of this than in New York and New Jersey.[read more]

Sustainable Development Goals: 'Focus Areas' Require Commitments for a New Global Partnership

March 3, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Sustainability and Global Partnerships

Despite the unwelcome return of the chilling polar vortex this week, things have begun to heat up at United Nations Headquarters in New York as a critical United Nations process on global Sustainable Development Goals continues to unfold.[read more]

Small Island Nations Embrace Partnerships for their Future

March 2, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Small Island Partnerships

Small islands countries such as Jamaica and Seychelles are already known for their beautiful beaches and idyllic charm, but they are also increasingly regarded as innovative leaders in the fight against climate change and to secure sustainability.[read more]

National Academy Of Sciences Delivers Highly Readable Climate Change Warning

March 2, 2014 by Joseph Romm

Climate Change Warning

So you’ve been wondering what to recommend to your friends who want a readable but authoritative introduction to climate change, one which answers their key questions. The US National Academy of Sciences and the U.K. Royal Society have achieved this with their new report, “Climate Change: Evidence & Causes.”[read more]

Energy Development and Poor Nations

February 28, 2014 by Roger Pielke, Jr.
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Poor Nations and Energy Development

Having failed to stem carbon emissions in rich countries or in rapidly industrializing ones, policy makers have now decided to focus their attention on what is the only remaining target: poor and developing countries that do not emit much carbon to begin with.[read more]

Two Degrees Temperature Target is a Fantasy

February 27, 2014 by Rebecca Lutzy
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I have been hearing for years from very knowledgeable professors that we, as a global community, are not going to be able to hold warming to the European Union goal of just two degrees of increase. The best models and best possible politics still do not really allow for it.[read more]

Hans Noel: How Ideology Affects US Climate Policy

February 26, 2014 by Evan Juska
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Party and Climate Policy

Ideological polarization in Congress reached a record high last year, putting the brakes on new legislation to address most issues, including climate change. In this interview, Georgetown political scientist Hans Noel explains how it happened, and whether or not it can be fixed.[read more]

Australia's Lip Service at the G20 Summit; Our Fossil Fuel Subsidies to Increase!

February 25, 2014 by Nigel Morris

Australia and Fossil Fuel Subsidies

The G20 summit has once again come and gone and, although the need for “tangible actions” was a great headline, when I actually read through the final official communique from the event, I couldn’t help but feel a little disappointed.[read more]

To Be, or Not to Be: Carbon Markets Post 2020?

February 24, 2014 by David Hone

The US Submission on Elements of the 2015 Agreement has recently appeared on the UNFCCC website and outlines, in some detail, the approach the US is now seeking with regards “contributions”. Adaptation and Finance are also covered, although not to the depth of the section on Mitigation.[read more]

At Mexican Summit, President Ties Keystone XL Pipeline to Climate Concerns

February 22, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Keystone and Climate Concerns

The president met with the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, and president of Mexico, Enrique Pena Nieto, at the “Three Amigos Summit”. But not all the conversation between the president and prime minister focused on which women’s Olympic ice hockey team would win today.[read more]

The EU's Recent Proposal for a 2030 EUETS Target Does Not Look Very Ambitious

February 18, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

EU Target Agreements

The European Commission has recently proposed a target of reducing EU greenhouse gas emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Sectors covered by the EUETS (power generation and large industry) will be required to reduce emissions to 42% below 1990 levels.[read more]

EPA Tackles HFC Super Pollutants, Next Step in President Obama's Climate Action Plan

February 10, 2014 by David Doniger
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The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced its plans to tackle the super-potent heat-trapping pollutants called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs), an important step forward in carrying out President Obama’s Climate Action Plan.[read more]

Interview with LI Yong, new Director General of UNIDO

February 10, 2014 by Charles Arthur

Interview with New Director of UNIDO

As Vice-Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Central Bank for a decade, LI was involved in setting and harmonizing fiscal, monetary and industrial policies, and in supporting sound economic growth in China.[read more]