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U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

January 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Trade Agreements and Green Provisions

A 21st century trade agreement must ensure that key environmental protections that our citizens depend upon aren't directly or indirectly undercut. And it should ensure that countries become leaders on key environmental challenges such as destruction of our oceans, wildlife, land, forests, and climate.[read more]

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]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'I Can Confirm that the President Would Not Sign this Bill'

January 9, 2015 by Jared Anderson

White House Keystone XL Decision

The Keystone XL pipeline has become a prime example of why it’s impossible to forge a comprehensive US energy policy. The energy Holy Grail is clean, reliable and affordable. Unfortunately, that three-pronged goal is unattainable given current technical and economic realities.[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]

Understanding the Sustainable Development Goals and Looking Forward

January 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Sustainable Development Goals

On September 11, 2014, I stepped into the United Nations for the first time. Attending the High-Level Stocktaking Event on the Post-2015 Development Agenda, I had the opportunity to see the President of the General Assembly, the Secretary-General, and the heads of nearly every department.[read more]

Europe Shouldn't Feign Weakness When it Comes to International Climate Finance

December 23, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

The COP 20 in Lima is over, having delivered to the world, like so many COPs before it, yet another awkward acronym. The latest for the pile is ‘INDCs’, that’s “Intended Nationally Determined Contributions.” Presumably different from Nationally Determined Contributions of the unintended variety.[read more]

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]