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International Climate Conferences

Emissions Policy: Ten Years of the EU ETS

January 20, 2015 by David Hone

A Decade of the EU ETS

This month the EU Emissions Trading System is ten years old. There were those who said it wouldn’t last. Yet it stays with us, continues to be the bedrock of the EU policy to manage emissions and is now likely to receive a significant overhaul in time for 2020 when a new global deal on climate change should kick-in.[read more]

Obama and Modi's Opportunity to Strengthen U.S.-India Clean Energy and Climate Cooperation

January 19, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and U.S. and Climate Cooperation

President Barack Obama heads to India to celebrate Republic Day on January 26th with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Climate change and clean energy are priority areas of discussion as the two leaders meet during this unprecedented second visit to India by a U.S. president.[read more]

'Energy Geopolitics' Takes Center Stage at Davos

January 16, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Davos and Geopolitics

World leaders, CEOs, thought leaders, power brokers and dignitaries from business and politics are descending on Davos for the World Economic Forum. This year it is scheduled for January 21-24 and is sure to be bursting at the seams. This year, special attention is being given to multiple global flashpoints.[read more]

Counting Up Cities' Energy Savings and Climate Commitments

January 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Urban Climate and Energy Policy

If all cities took aggressive new efforts to reduce energy use, by 2050 they could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of half of annual global coal use, according to a report from the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, representing 70 megacities.[read more]

'Climate Geoengineering': As Contingency Plan Perhaps the Sharpest Tool in the World's Climate Tool Box

January 14, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Climate Geoengineering Possibilities

The debate about geoengineering technology is slowly creeping into the mainstream media, as both analysts and commentators seem to increasingly doubt the international community’s ability to agree on a comprehensive and effective international agreement at UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris.[read more]

2014: A Positive Sign of What's to Come in Clean Energy

January 13, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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2014 and the Clean Energy Future

The New Year is a time for thoughtful reflection on the past, beginning with a look back on the previous twelve months and all that they brought to us. A quick scan of the United States climate and energy news in 2014 will tell you it was a very big year.[read more]

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Communicating About Climate Change: 'The Elephant We're All Inside Of'

January 12, 2015 by Jim Pierobon
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Climate Change and Communication

How stakeholders communicate about climate change has long been framed by who’s doing the framing more than the information being communicated. I'm curious how various stakeholders – believers, skeptics and deniers alike – are talking about it and who, if anybody, is ‘moving the needle’ in either direction.[read more]

Cleaner Ships and Trains Coming Your Way

January 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

On January 1, 2015, two sets of regulations became effective to help reduce air pollution: one involving large oceangoing ships and another involving US locomotives. The shipping regulations come from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a body under the United Nations.[read more]

Carbon Pricing in 2014

January 8, 2015 by David Hone
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Pricing Carbon

While there was a great deal of focus throughout 2014 on the road to Paris and the UNFCCC process and international negotiations that are taking us all there, the real developments of the year were around carbon pricing. But it wasn’t all smooth sailing.[read more]

Climate Progress in 2014 Sets Stage for 2015 Action

January 7, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Progress on a multifaceted global challenge like climate change doesn’t happen in one flash of bright light. This can lead to the impression that little is being accomplished, especially when stories highlight areas of disagreement. Nothing can be further from the truth.[read more]

Four Questions For Global Carbon Markets In 2015

January 5, 2015 by Silvio Marcacci

Carbon Markets in the Coming Year

The world’s carbon markets are one of the climate change fight’s biggest stories, and they’ve never been stronger. Cap-and-trade systems combined with carbon taxes to cut emissions and invest billions in clean energy technologies, while expanding to over 40 national and regional jurisdictions in 2014.[read more]

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Top 14 Energy Stories of 2014

December 31, 2014 by Jesse Jenkins

Top Energy Stories of the Year

From the impacts of tumbling oil prices and the largest climate march in history to debates over Germany's energy policies and a practical guides to buying a new light bulb, TheEnergyCollective.com was full of insightful analysis, informative articles, and rich debate.[read more]

The Growing Level of Environmental Awareness

December 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen

While it is far from universal, more and more people understand that we need to sustainably manage our planet's resources and ecosystems. This awareness has been growing for about a century, but has picked up momentum over the course of the past decade.[read more]

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Green Christmas, Malaysian Floods Pointed to Gaps in Climate Action

December 30, 2014 by Mitchell Beer

Green Christmas in Ottawa

Depending on what your perspective may be, 2014 was either the year of the great climate change breakthrough, or the year of the big climate change miss. Either way, we have our work cut out for us in 2015 to make the clean energy transition a reality.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Optimism, Dragged Down by Reality, Resulting in Mixed Success'

December 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Measuring Energy Success

When it comes to dealing with climate change, international agreements are not the only solution, but they are important and significant effort will be exerted in Paris next year to reach a binding international agreement. Anything less will be viewed as a major setback.[read more]