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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]

Clinton (well, Gore) Went to Kyoto. Obama Went to Beijing

November 20, 2014 by Maximilian Auffhammer
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Obama and International Climate Deals

 

Last week, United States President Obama and China's Premier Xi stood together announcing a deal on emissions reductions between these two great nations. The fact that such a bilateral agreement is possible and sealed with a handshake is a big deal.[read more]

The Importance of the U.S.-China Climate Accord

November 19, 2014 by Steven Cohen

Last week, the US pledged to reduce its greenhouse emissions by 26% from 2005 levels before 2025. China agreed to stop growing its emissions by 2030. Since we don't have a world government and are unlikely to get one soon, we are dependent on the actions of nations if we are to mitigate global warming.[read more]

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The U.S.-China Deal on Climate Change: Minilateralism at Work

November 17, 2014 by Robert Stowe
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The deal between China and the United States to limit greenhouse-gas emissions is very significant—more because China and the United States are now cooperating so closely on climate change than because of the specifics of the deal.[read more]

Why The U.S.-China CO2 Deal Is An Energy, Climate, And Political Gamechanger

November 14, 2014 by Joseph Romm
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US-China Pact Effects

The historic new U.S.-China climate deal changes the trajectory of global carbon pollution emissions, greatly boosting the chances for a global deal in Paris in 2015. The deal would keep, cumulatively, some 640 billion tons of CO2 emissions out of the air this century.[read more]

Will New Emission Targets From China & US Change the Game?

November 14, 2014 by Nigel Morris

I usually leave emissions reductions commentary to others, but I can’t help wondering if we have just experienced a catalyst event, as China and the United States announced new targets for emissions reductions in their respective countries.[read more]

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The "Historic" US-China Climate Change Deal Confirms that We are Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

November 13, 2014 by Robert Wilson
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US-China Climate Agreement

Optimism has broken out among those concerned about climate change. Secret negotiations between America and China have given us a "game changing" deal, one that gives us a "fighting chance" to limit global warming. But like it or not, this deal does not appear to give us a chance to win this particular fight.[read more]

Making Change Happen in G20 Climate Talks: Beijing Pact Not Enough

November 13, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet

G20 Climate Talks and Change

Having reached a landmark agreement with China this week to limit greenhouse gas emissions, US president Barack Obama heads to Australia for the G20 summit of economic superpowers. Yet Australian prime minister Tony Abbott is likely to do his best to deflect any talk of international action.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

October 29, 2014 by Jake Schmidt
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European Emissions Commitments

The EU has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their emissions domestically by more than forty percent by 2030.[read more]

Falling Oil Prices May Make for Unlikely Allies

October 27, 2014 by James Greenberger

Companies with interests in “green” energy technologies and unconventional crude oil production have a strong interest in ensuring that the dumping of conventional crude oil in the international market does not shut down investment in technologies that hold the promise of making the US more energy secure.[read more]

Australian-Japanese Coal 'Partnership' and Why Global Coal is Here to Stay

October 27, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Global Coal and the Future

Recently, the Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott warned at the opening of the Caval Ridge coal mine in Queensland against the “demonization of coal.” Abbott stressed that “coal is good for humanity, coal is good for prosperity, coal is an essential part of our economic future.[read more]

Why is the Arctic at the Center of World Politics?

October 10, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

The Artic and Politics

News coverage of the Arctic has been growing with the rising importance of the region in recent years. The focus of international politics often tends to revolve around energy security within the context of a global scramble for resources to keep individual countries’ economic growth engines humming.[read more]

Giving States the Credit They Deserve for Global Leadership

October 7, 2014 by Tom Plant

States and Energy Leadership

Those seeking climate action from the U.S. should actually be looking at the states and what they’re already doing. As international climate talks open up to “sub-national” participants, states may get a chance to take their rightful place among the world’s advanced energy leaders.[read more]

Can North America Harmonize Energy Policy?

October 6, 2014 by Edward Dodge

North America and International Policy

There have been a variety of efforts in recent years to harmonize energy policy and markets across the US, Canada, and Mexico. At the North American Gas Forum meeting this past week in Washington D.C. some of these efforts were discussed.[read more]