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International Climate Conferences

Why Care about Global Warming? Droughts, Poor Harvests, and Social Upheaval

March 11, 2015 by Henry Auer

Global Warming, Global Risk

In both industrialized countries and developing countries there may be those who ask “why should we care about global warming?” After all, many people may not feel that they are affected by warming, and may pay scant attention to reports showing the effects of extreme weather and climate events.[read more]

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

March 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

COP 21 Agreement Text

Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty.[read more]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

March 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Love it or hate it, the IPCC plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because the IPCC's reports are accepted as the definitive source on all matters climate change by international negotiators. The IPCC is now at a crossroads.[read more]

Business and Carbon Pricing

March 2, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Business

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima.[read more]

Preparing for Paris: Fifty Shades of Grey?

February 23, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 Preparations

The tension was building, but finally just before Valentine’s Day weekend the negotiators in Geneva completed the first draft of a Paris negotiating text and released it at the end of the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.[read more]

INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action

February 23, 2015 by Kelly Levin

As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020.[read more]

Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

February 23, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Partnerships and Conflicts

The recent Munich Security Conference brought together – as it does every year – important decision-makers in international politics, including heads of state and government along with foreign and defense ministers to discuss “hot” foreign and security policy issues.[read more]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]

What Can Really be Done by 2050?

February 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Climate Change Action Effectiveness

The calls for action are becoming bolder as we move towards COP21. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But I challenge their view that the climate issue can be resolved in just 35 years.[read more]

Energy Access: The First Fridge in Town

February 9, 2015 by David Hone
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Energy Access and Technology

Santosh Chowdhury, a gentleman who lives in the village of Rameshwarpur in India, had just bought a fridge, which may seem uninteresting, but it was the first fridge in his village. The thing about refrigeration that is different than almost any other domestic energy consuming device: it requires reliable 24/7 electricity.[read more]

A Challenge for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

February 4, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Will the 2015 Paris Agreement, scheduled to be signed in December of this year at the COP-21 conference, facilitate – or can it at least avoid inhibiting – international linkage of national, and for that matter, sub-national, climate policies?[read more]

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

January 31, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

United States and China Agreements

On January 20th President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address, in which he focused much attention on climate change. It is vitally important for the president to make the case forcefully to the American public, and thus signal to the rest of the world the need for strong climate action.[read more]

Talking About Climate Change

January 30, 2015 by David Hone

Climate Change and Public Discourse

From the rarefied atmosphere of the Swiss Alps to a small London theater, there has been a lot said about climate change over the last couple of weeks. For example, the World Economic Forum in Davos, with climate change high on the agenda, hoping to build momentum for an agreement in Paris.[read more]

Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal

January 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and Mode and Climate Action

Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of the largest democracies in the world agreed to cooperate on several climate-related issues.[read more]

EU Energy Union: Fault Lines Emerge Between Pivotal Member States' Design Proposals

January 27, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

EU Energy Planning Problems

Ahead of the new European Commission’s publication of “proposals on a more closely-linked single energy market” as part of a drive to loosen Europe’s energy dependence on Russia, leaked non-papers drawn up by governments member states on the topic are being circulated in Brussels.[read more]