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International Climate Conferences

Climate Change Policy: The European Trading Scheme (ETS)

June 24, 2014 by Jared Anderson

European Trading Scheme

A session at the 37th IAEE International Conference in New York, "Climate Change & Carbon Policies: International Lessons and Perspectives,” continued to draw crowds as experts on climate change and carbon policies highlighted different approaches to those issues in the US, China, and Europe.[read more]

The ADB's Dirty Little Coal Secret

June 21, 2014 by Justin Guay

Lurking beneath the Asian Development Bank (ADB)'s clean energy exterior is a dirty secret: Despite their promises to bring clean energy in the Asia-Pacific region, ADB continues to be one of the main supporters of dirty coal projects overseas.[read more]

Climate Change: "Europe Must Rediscover Its Ambition" Urges UNEP Executive Director [VIDEO]

June 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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Europe's Energy Ambition

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), meets with viEUws.eu leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen to talk about climate change goals and Europe’s role in the global climate negotiations.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

June 19, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Policy and New Ideas

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher the cost of mitigation and the harder the task.[read more]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 4: Putting an Asterisk on Climate Change Mitigation Cost Projections

June 17, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Warming Mitigation Costs and Measurement

 

The IPCC argues that keeping global temperatures within 2°C will incur an annual cost of 0.04 to 0.14 percent of global GDP ($29 billion to $101 billion per year) between now and 2100. Climate say this is proof that we can address climate change on the “cheap” when compared to the costs of inaction.[read more]

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

June 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation).[read more]

Are the Semantics of Climate Change Assessments Fooling Us?

June 12, 2014 by Jessica Kennedy
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The 1990 IPCC report contains warnings about effects of climate change in its “Summary for Policymakers” (which is great, because how many policymakers read the whole report?), but when the document is read more thoroughly, the language weakens the urgency for climate change action.[read more]

Steps Towards Paris 2015

June 12, 2014 by David Hone

National climate negotiators and a number of Energy/Environment Ministers are currently meeting in Bonn as the global climate deal process slowly edges forward. Whether the steps being taken are big or small remains to be seen, but there are at least steps, so that is a start.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 3: Overshooting Dangerous Warming Likely, But For How Long?

June 11, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Global Warming and Growing Risk

Solving climate change is an extremely difficult—even monumental—challenge to address. Carbon emissions come from burning fossil fuels and are deeply embedded in the global economy. Turning on the lights, driving vehicles, powering industry, and living a prosperous life all emit carbon.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 2: The Dire Consequences of Inaction

June 9, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Action and Inaction

What are the future impacts of a changing climate system? Extreme weather? Higher sea level? More drought and heat waves? Where will these impacts be felt the most? Answering these questions depends on a simple factor: the quantity of carbon emissions emitted in the coming decades.[read more]

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

June 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon Rules and Global Effects

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate pollution in the U.S.[read more]

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Beyond Paris, Part 1: Humans are Changing the Climate for the Worse

June 4, 2014 by Matthew Stepp
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Humans and Global Warming

With each passing year, the science, observations, and modeling of global climate change become even clearer: humans continue to influence global climate change by pumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which increases Earth’s average temperature.[read more]

The Triumph of Climate Pragmatism

For the better part of two decades, a small group of policy scholars and climate policy advocates have argued that the United Nations' climate treaty efforts were doomed. Caps on emissions would fail in world where competitive alternative fuels don't exist, and where billions need to consume more energy.[read more]

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

May 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

The Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so that countries can begin to direct resources through the fund.[read more]