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International Climate Conferences

Energy Quote of the Day: The New Slogan for Action to Address Global Warming

December 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Global Warming Action

With the global climate talks in Lima, Peru almost done, climate observers are watching with baited breath to see how far countries get to hammering out a draft agreement that can be formalized next year in Paris. However, there are lots of steps being taken to address greenhouse gas emissions at the local level.[read more]

Big Banks Propping Up Coal Industry to the Tune of $89 Billion

December 13, 2014 by Justin Guay
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Banks and Coal Financing

As the nations of the world meet in Lima, Peru this week at the annual COP climate negotiations to address climate disruption, it's the large banks and their financial support for the coal industry that are causing widespread, but under-reported, systemic destruction.[read more]

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20th UN Climate Summit: Catalyst for Global Action?

December 12, 2014 by Amelia Smith

A virtual discussion about the events, decisions and conversations from the 20th UNFCCC climate summit in Lima. Is the UNFCCC still a viable pathway to confront climate change? Can the Lima talks capture momentum from a recent US-China climate agreement and set the stage for international agreement in Paris in 2015? Are bilateral deals,...[read more]

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

December 11, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Progress at COP 20

Negotiators have spent the last week at COP 20 in Lima, Peru trying to lay the foundation for a strong agreement next year in Paris. Unfortunately we have gone through the normal routine of foot dragging and posturing from some countries.[read more]

Talking Climate Change in Lima: Who is Pushing for What

December 11, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet
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COP 20 Negotiations in Lima

Studies have described how the insider strategies of environmental professionals and the outsider strategies of activists have pushed UN climate talks in the direction of adaptation financing and human rights. Trends also suggest tensions between these two coalitions that could derail a Paris accord next year.[read more]

US-China Climate Deal Underscores Need for Substantial Energy Innovation

December 11, 2014 by Arthur Yip
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US, China, and Innovation

Talks at the UNFCCC COP 20 in Peru have been buoyed by the recent US-China Joint Announcement on Climate Change. While the pledges by the two largest players may represent a veritable political breakthrough, a new Breakthrough analysis of China’s energy plans shows there is reason for concern.[read more]

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Is the US-China Climate Change Deal a Game-Changer? An Interview with MIT's Valerie Karplus

December 11, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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US China Climate Partnership

Climate diplomacy made global headlines with a new partnership between the world's two largest carbon emitters: the United States and China. In this interview, I catch up with MIT's Valerie Karplus, an expert on both American and Chinese energy and climate policy, to dig into the details of the deal.[read more]

COP 20: Reality and Distortions in Lima

December 11, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 Perceptions in Lima

Wandering the COP20 campus, listening to side events and hearing senior political, business and NGO representatives talk about the climate issue, you start to feel sure that we must already be on a new energy pathway. Then something happens to make you realize that there is still a long way to go.[read more]

India's 'Airpocalypse' Could Kill 229,000 People Every Year

December 11, 2014 by Justin Guay
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India, Coal, and Public Health

If India proceeds to build all proposed coal-fired power plants, the country may face a quarter million deaths every single year - and its own coal-fueled "airpocalypse." That's the stark findings of the latest report from India-based Conservation Action Trust and Urban Emissions.[read more]

Half Time at the Lima Climate Talks: Obstacles to Building a Global Framework Persist

December 10, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

COP 20 Progress?

One week is in the books at the Lima climate talks and we are heading into the final stretch of the summit, which runs through December 12. So, where do we stand in terms of a viable “Lima draft text” for the 2015 Paris global climate agreement for governments to continue working on next year?[read more]

Three Key Questions About China's Climate Commitments

December 10, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

China Climate Commitment?

China’s announcement that it will cap its carbon pollution by 2030 – earlier if possible­­­­­ – and increase the share of non-fossil fuel in its primary energy mix to 20% by the same year, represents a major departure from China’s previous position in the international climate negotiations.[read more]

Does Europe Really Need an EPS to Keep from Falling Behind America?

December 9, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Last month at the European Parliament, the WWF held an event that was titled: “Fighting Coal CO2 Pollution: Is the EU Falling behind the US?” It was held to discuss the US use of an Emission Performance Standard (EPS) as a part of the climate change regulations that it will be effecting under the Clean Air Act.[read more]

India Disdains a Global Approach to Mitigating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

December 9, 2014 by Henry Auer
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India Mitigation Problems

By the time global warming drew worldwide attention in the last decades of the 20th century, developing countries were beginning intensive energy-dependent expansions of their economies, seeking to move from agrarian to industrialized societies. India and China are prime examples of this growth surge.[read more]

Brazil is Back; But Are They a Decade Late?

December 9, 2014 by David Hone

COP 20 and Brazil

COP20 in Lima ended its first full week on a mixed note, but with some positive signs for the ongoing process. The detailed discussions on the role of carbon markets under the SBSTA ended in disagreement and postponement which was disheartening, but there remains hope.[read more]

Two Weeks in Beijing

December 8, 2014 by David Kroodsma

Beijing, Biking, and Climate Change

Six months after leaving Istanbul, after cycling 5,000 miles, we arrived in in Beijing, the capital of the world's most polluting nation. We were warned about biking into the city, but we were pleasantly surprised to find that its wide roads had paralleling bike/scooter lanes for people like us.[read more]