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International Climate Conferences

Innovative Financing for Public Authorities From eeef: A Role Model Fund for Energy Efficiency Investment

October 2, 2014 by Clare Taylor

eeef and Energy Efficiency Investment

Without enough investment into energy efficiency, the EU risks missing its 2020 – and longer-term - climate and energy targets. Public funding is available to leverage private capital – and ‘role model fund’ eeef is showing how to profitably deliver innovative financing solutions for sustainable energy projects.[read more]

Carbon Regulation Becomes the Norm

October 2, 2014 by Adam Whitmore
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Carbon Regulation Normalcy

With measures in place across the EU, the USA, and China, carbon caps and pricing will have become the norm rather than the exception. This is likely to put pressure on other jurisdictions without such measures to act. This trend is likely to be reinforced by agreement at the UNFCCC conference in Paris.[read more]

It's Time to Abandon the Delusion of a Carbon Tax

September 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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At the United Nations last week, President Obama urged the nations of the world to follow our lead and begin to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Still, even though the president is articulating a strong policy on climate change, he is being criticized because the U.S. is not willing to set a price on carbon.[read more]

Latest EIA Report Shows Marked Increase in U.S. CO2 Emissions

September 30, 2014 by Tom Schueneman
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U.S. Emissions Growth

As the World Meteorological Organization recently reported, atmospheric CO2 concentrations have risen to record levels. In line with this report is the latest Monthly Energy Review from the U.S. Energy Information Administration finding that U.S. CO2 emissions have reversed their downward trend.[read more]

The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

September 29, 2014 by Robert Stavins

World leaders converged at the United Nations in New York City this past week for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s much anticipated Climate Summit, a lead-up to global negotiations that will take place in Lima, Peru, in December of this year, and culminate a year later in Paris.[read more]

Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action?

September 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

United States and India Summit

As leaders of the world's largest democracies, the Obama-Modi summit is an opportunity to accelerate climate action in economically advantageous ways for both countries. The United States, India, and the world will benefit enormously if the leaders agree to immediate action to curb climate change.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit at the UN

September 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leadership at the Climate Summit

Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit today at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different, due to the variety of leadership and importance of their mission.[read more]

Climate Summit: Double Talk or Straight Talk

September 23, 2014 by David Hone

The Climate Summit and New Information

With the UN Climate Summit today, there has been a push to have new thinking and material ready for the event. One high profile release on September 16th was the report from The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, or Better Growth, Better Climate, The New Climate Economy Report.[read more]

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How Does the People's Climate March Stack Up Against the Largest Protest Rallies in U.S. History?

September 22, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins
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Youth Rally Against Climate Change in People's Climate March

Over 2,800 rallies were held Sunday in a worldwide call for action to confront climate change with an estimated 311,000 joining the "People's Climate March" in New York City. So how does this "largest ever climate rally" compare to some of America's most famous mass protests?[read more]

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The UN Climate Summit, the Paris Agreement, and 2° C

September 22, 2014 by Robert Stowe
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Heads of state and senior ministers will meet in New York on September 23 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit. Mr. Ban will encourage them to consider “nationally-determined contributions” more ambitious than they might otherwise have done.[read more]

MIT Takes a View on a New Climate Agreement

September 1, 2014 by David Hone
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Renewable energy projection

A new MIT report, Expectations for a New Climate Agreement, looks at the prospects for the expected Paris COP21 agreement actually changing the current global emissions pathway. The findings don’t give a lot to be hopeful about, but nevertheless are worthy of further review.[read more]

The Price is Not (Yet) Right in Climate Policy on Both Sides of the Atlantic

August 4, 2014 by Sieren Ernst
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Recently at the Center for Global Development, IMF Director Christine Legarde gave a talk promoting ‘responsible’ energy pricing, defined as pricing reflects the environmental costs of fossil fuels by way of launching the IMF’s new publication, Getting Energy Prices Right, From Principle to Practices.[read more]

Will Coal Exports Abroad Offset Hard-Won Carbon Reductions at Home?

July 29, 2014 by Meredith Fowlie
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Coal Exports and Carbon Reduction

Many are hoping that the current U.S. commitment to reducing domestic emissions will provide the moral authority needed to negotiate international commitments next year in Paris. It is important to understand and account for the emissions implications of both our energy consumption and production.[read more]

Some More Pieces of the Paris Jigsaw?

July 14, 2014 by David Hone

Paris Prep

As we head towards COP21 in Paris at the end of 2015, various initiatives are coming to the fore to support the process. So far these are non-governmental in nature, for example the “We Mean Business” initiative backed by organisations such as WBCSD, CLG and The Climate Group.[read more]