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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

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 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]

Green Climate Fund on Track to Reach $10 Billion Initial Target

November 24, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Green Climate Fund Reaching Target

The Green Climate Fund seems to be off to a decent start with funding pledges in place from various countries around the globe ahead of the recent first donors’ conference in Berlin, Germany. The UNFCCC approved the governing instrument and the fund itself in 2011.[read more]

Carbon Regulation Becomes the Norm

October 2, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

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]

Is the UNFCCC ADP on Track?

March 17, 2014 by David Hone

Last week in Bonn, parties to the UNFCCC met under the direction of the Fourth Part of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action. In short, this is the process that is trying to deliver a global deal on climate change.[read more]

To Be, or Not to Be: Carbon Markets Post 2020?

February 24, 2014 by David Hone

The US Submission on Elements of the 2015 Agreement has recently appeared on the UNFCCC website and outlines, in some detail, the approach the US is now seeking with regards “contributions”. Adaptation and Finance are also covered, although not to the depth of the section on Mitigation.[read more]

Climate Change Negotiations in Bonn and the Road to Paris and COP 21

May 10, 2013 by Tom Schueneman

Bonn climate conference

The latest round of climate negotiations wound down with most delegates expressing guarded optimism that progress has been made toward laying the groundwork for an international agreement to be signed in 2015.[read more]

Climate Change and 5 Reasons We Need a New Global Agreement by 2015

May 2, 2013 by Jake Schmidt

UNFCCC meeting in Bonn

As countries meet in Germany this week for the next round of climate negotiations it is important to remember that securing a new international legal agreement in 2015 is critical for five reasons.[read more]


Why a post-Durban international climate arrangement needs developing countries

July 25, 2012 by Robert Stowe


For an international climate agreement to be truly effective, it would need to strike an appropriate balance among three parameters: environmental effectiveness (or the ambition of its environmental objectives), participation of major-emitting countries, and the degree of expected compliance on the part of countries that do participate.[read more]

Developing Countries’ Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Double $100 Billion per Year by 2050

May 30, 2012 by Tom Schueneman

Global climate is on track for changes including a greater than 2°C rise in average temperature, and that’s going to result in adaptation costs for developing countries well above the World Bank’s 2°C estimate of $70 billion by 2020 and as much as $100 billion per year by 2050.[read more]


International climate negotiations: Moving parts and much-more slowly moving national interests

May 25, 2012 by Robert Stowe

What's the deal with all these international climate negotiations? Do they actually accomplish anything? Great post in anticipation of Rio +20.[read more]

Durban - Success, Failure or . . . . ?

December 16, 2011 by David Hone

After two busy weeks, the Durban COP was extended by a full day and then went well into a second, with long nights of negotiation along the way. Eventually a deal emerged which has polarized both the media and blogsphere between being the salvation of mankind or the quick route to runaway warming. In reality it is neither, but if that is the case then where are we?[read more]

Assessing the Climate Talks — Did Durban Succeed?

December 13, 2011 by Robert Stavins

The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) adjourned on Sunday, a day and a half after its scheduled close, and in the process once again pulled a rabbit out of the hat by saving the talks from complete collapse (which appeared possible just a few days earlier)....[read more]

A “Catch 22″ to be Delivered From Durban?

December 6, 2011 by David Hone

One of the key potential deliverables from Durban is an operational Green Climate Fund (GCF). This is one of the important components of the pledge to channel up to $100 billion per annum by 2020 to developing countries for mitigation and adaptation projects. The current proposals may represent an investment Catch 22 that results in little or no direct use of the fund by the private sector.[read more]

Leadership By China is The Best Chance For Successful Climate Treaty

November 30, 2011 by Jim Pierobon

As the next round of international negotiations about a possible climate change treaty — the 17th to be exact since the Kyoto Treaty was signed in 1992 — get up to speed in Durban, South Africa, it’s becoming increasingly clear that an environmental emergency stands the best chance of compelling industrialized countries to act. That’s because nothing else will.[read more]