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Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

December 17, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

COP 20 and Looking Forward to Paris

Negotiations spilled into a marathon session at the COP 20 talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound familiar? It should. It has been the modus operandi for international climate negotiations for years.[read more]

Assessing the Outcome of the Lima Climate Talks

December 15, 2014 by Robert Stavins

On December 14th, the COP 20 of the UNFCCC concluded in Lima, Peru with an agreement among 195 countries, the “Lima Accord,” which represents both a classic compromise between the rich and poor countries, and a significant breakthrough after twenty years of difficult climate negotiations.[read more]

COP 20: Why Lima Was So Tough

December 15, 2014 by Elliot Diringer
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It was clear heading into the U.N. climate change conference in Lima that countries would punt all the toughest issues until next year in Paris, when a grand new global deal is due. So why did it take more than 30 hours beyond the conference deadline to deliver something so modest?[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]

Greening Giants: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

December 5, 2014 by Inês Azevedo
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The Presidents of the United States and China surprised the world with a bi-lateral announcement for post-2020. Much discussion has followed, with some arguing with a fierce “no" to the deal, some raising concerns, and others having a cautious optimism.[read more]

Getting Going in Lima?

December 5, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 and Future Planning

COP 20 is now underway in Lima and I am on the newly created site. Less than three months ago this was apparently an empty piece of land in a large Peruvian government complex, but now it is a bustling and well fitted out set of temporary buildings for housing negotiators and observers from some 190 countries.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Iraq Oil Agreement 'Is a Win-Win Deal for Both Sides'

December 5, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Iraq Oil Agreement

Major energy news coming out of Iraq is currently getting drowned out by the hoopla around falling oil price coverage. The Kurdish Regional Government and Iraq’s central government today reached an agreement on exporting oil and sharing revenue.[read more]

Holiday Season Brings Big Developments for International Coal Financing

December 5, 2014 by Justin Guay
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As the world turns its eyes to Lima for the COP 20 climate negotiations, which kicked off on Monday, France decided it was not going to wait until next year's negotiations in Paris to show leadership. President Francois Hollande announced an end to export credit financing for coal.[read more]

COP 20 in Lima: Africa at Disproportionate Risk from Climate Change

December 3, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Africa and Climate Risk

Even though big countries’ global leadership on climate issues is crucial for any meaningful progress in international climate talks, it is important not to lose sight of the fact that many countries in Africa and Asia exhibit the dangerous combination of high vulnerability and low readiness to climate change.[read more]

US-China Climate Goals Go Well Beyond Business as Usual

December 1, 2014 by Doug Vine

US-China Climate Goals

The climate targets announced this month by the United States and China will require a significant effort beyond a business-as-usual scenario for both countries. More details will likely follow in the weeks and months ahead, but here is what we know so far for each country.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'As the Regional Global Energy Picture Evolves, Turkey's Strategic Location is a Major, Major Asset'

November 29, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Turkey's Strategic Location

Vice President Joe Biden recently addressed the Atlantic Council Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul, Turkey where he discussed numerous topics related to European energy security. Biden began his talk with the situation in Ukraine and Russia’s use of energy as a political tool.[read more]

Countries Accelerate Talks on Phasing Down HFC Super-Pollutants under the Montreal Protocol

November 28, 2014 by David Doniger

Wrapping up a week of talks in Paris, diplomats agreed to hold talks starting in April 2015 on proposals to replace these super-potent heat-trapping chemicals – used in refrigeration, air conditioning, and other industrial applications – with climate-friendly alternatives.[read more]

Moving Forward on Climate Protection: India Engages with World Leaders on Phasing Down HFCs

November 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

HFC Phase Down

After six years of frustrating gridlock, India is stepping forward in discussions with over 180 countries on protecting our climate and moving forward with a global phasedown of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), super potent heat-trapping greenhouse gases.[read more]

Contraction and Convergence in Practice?

November 24, 2014 by David Hone

US-China Climate Deal Analysis

The in-tandem announcement last week by the USA and China caught many by surprise, resulted in lots of applause and back slapping and then raised questions as to which country has the tougher or easier deal. A bit of simple analysis offered below may help answer that question.[read more]

Obama-Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Success in Paris in 2015

November 20, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

US-China Climate Deal, and Preparing for Paris

 

President Obama's historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world's efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution. The president has opened the door to success with a global climate agreement in Paris next December.[read more]