International Climate Conferences

COP 21: A Success within the Success

December 18, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 and Planning for the Future

From the moment the COP 21 conference started, the newswires, bloggers and analysts have been writing about the success of the meeting and the ambitious nature of the Paris Agreement. Without doubt, more will be written in the weeks and months ahead. But the deal was done and many parts made it possible.[read more]

COP 21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

December 17, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Paris Agreement Results

In very broad strokes, what the Paris Agreement does is establish a long-term goal of eventually reaching net-zero emissions, create a mechanism to review progress and increase ambition at regular intervals, and add a framework for climate finance.[read more]

Takeaways from the Paris Climate Talks

December 15, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Results

The Paris climate summit is a tale of lessons learned – lessons both in how to manage an unruly negotiating process that can easily veer out of control, and in how to craft a multilateral approach that gets everyone to do more. The tale ended thankfully with an agreement that could prove significant.[read more]

Next Steps for China on Paris Climate Agreement

December 15, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China has committed to peak its CO2 emissions by 2030 and to make best efforts to peak earlier. It will increase non-fossil energy to 20% of its energy consumption by 2030, which will require it to install 800 to 1,000 gigawatts in non-fossil capacity, equivalent to the entire current US generating capacity.[read more]

Garbage: The Back End of the Renewable Economy

December 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

I believe that the Paris climate agreement will be seen as a turning point, when the world community finally agreed to address the climate crisis. One cannot understate the importance of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy, and the work of communities, cities, states and nations has now been codified.[read more]

Paris Agreement: A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress

December 14, 2015 by Robert Stavins

The Paris Agreement, a truly landmark climate accord, which was gaveled through on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 7:26 pm (Paris time) at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP-21), checks all the boxes in my scorecard for a potentially effective Paris Agreement.[read more]

Paris Climate Accords, Shale, and Implications for OPEC

December 14, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Since the 1980s, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has operated from the assumption that someday in the future (for years, viewed as by the 2010s), the industrialized world would use up its “easy” oil and become increasingly dependent on OPEC.[read more]

Paris Climate Agreement an Air Horn in the Coal Mine

December 14, 2015 by Kevin Grandia

If pure play coal companies weren't getting pummeled enough by the global drop in demand for their product, an agreement to reduce global greenhouse emissions signed here in Paris over the weekend will likely be the straw that breaks the camel's back.[read more]

After Paris

December 14, 2015 by Chris Hope

A deal on limiting climate change, described by the French Foreign Minister as ‘the most ambitious and balanced possible‘ was agreed to in Paris. It revolves around voluntary pledges made by over 180 countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.[read more]

A Deal in Paris is All But Assured, But How Strong Will It Be?

December 11, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Will the Paris Agreement be effective?

Delegates, ministers and observers worked late into the night last night deliberating over the latest “clean” text released by the COP presidency on Wednesday afternoon. Slimmed down to from 43 pages to only 29, the text now leaves far fewer options for ministers to decide by the Friday deadline.[read more]

Climate Policy in Developing Countries: Does One Size Fit All?

December 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Climate Policy and Devloping Countries

A key concern at the Paris climate negotiations is to find a fair, effective, and economically viable way to curb greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, which are expected to vastly outpace those produced in developed countries in the coming decades.[read more]

COP 21: A Pathway for 1.5°C

December 10, 2015 by David Hone

How to Hit the Right Temp

The case for limiting the rise in global temperatures to 2°C was made many years ago and finally agreed at COP16 in Cancun in 2010. But the text noted the importance of an even more aggressive target, notably 1.5°C, proposed by the small island states who were deeply concerned about future sea level rise.[read more]

Major Climate Finance Issues During the Final Week of the Paris Climate Conference

December 9, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

‎The negotiations are ramping up as chief negotiators from each country arrive in Paris. They are taking over for the next week to try and resolve the toughest issues in the draft text. One of the major questions for all stakeholders will be climate finance.[read more]


The Paris Climate Conference at the Halfway Point

December 8, 2015 by Robert Stowe

Halfway Through COP 21

The 195 national governments that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are meeting in Paris to draft a major new agreement on climate change. They finished their first week of work on Saturday, December 5.[read more]

Heat and Happiness

December 8, 2015 by Maximilian Auffhammer

Heat and Measurements

As we Californians snuggle up to our ethanol or natural gas fireplaces to survive the barbaric temperatures which are dipping into the 50s, 40,000 people are hanging out in Paris trying to hammer out a new climate accord. Well, a few hundred are doing that, and I am not sure what the others are doing.[read more]