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The UN Climate Summit and a Key Issue for the 2015 Paris Agreement

September 29, 2014 by Robert Stavins

World leaders converged at the United Nations in New York City this past week for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s much anticipated Climate Summit, a lead-up to global negotiations that will take place in Lima, Peru, in December of this year, and culminate a year later in Paris.[read more]

Will U.S.-India Summit Bring Historic Climate Action?

September 29, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

United States and India Summit

As leaders of the world's largest democracies, the Obama-Modi summit is an opportunity to accelerate climate action in economically advantageous ways for both countries. The United States, India, and the world will benefit enormously if the leaders agree to immediate action to curb climate change.[read more]

Did the UN Summit Shift the Dial?

September 29, 2014 by David Hone
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The UN Climate Summit has come and gone and leaders from many countries have made announcements, pledges or at least offered moral support. But are we any better off as a result? Reflecting on the last few days of meetings, events, panels and speeches in New York, I would have to argue “yes.”[read more]

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit at the UN

September 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Leadership at the Climate Summit

Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit today at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different, due to the variety of leadership and importance of their mission.[read more]

How the Climate Summit Can Build Momentum for a Global Agreement

September 22, 2014 by Elliot Diringer

The last time so many world leaders gathered on the issue of climate change was in Copenhagen. The hard lesson of that fractious summit: No one moment, and no one agreement, can deliver “the” answer. We need to advance step by step, on multiple fronts, from the local to the global. And it will take time.[read more]

Will Germany Join the International Community and Restrict Overseas Coal Finance?

September 22, 2014 by Justin Guay

Germany Coal Finance

If Germany is so coal friendly, why is it contemplating a significant move away from international coal financing? Because the international community has moved swiftly and quickly to end coal financing, and Germany doesn't want to be an outlier.[read more]

EU Bans and the Hairdryer Conundrum

September 10, 2014 by David Hone
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Regulations and Appliances

Last week the UK media put a lot of effort into reporting on the EU ban on the sale of the most powerful vacuum cleaners and then extended the discussion to possible future action on other high end appliances that consume a lot of energy, such as powerful hair dryers, kettles, toasters and so on.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: On the 3 Amigos of North American Energy

September 5, 2014 by Jared Anderson

North American Energy Agreements

Mexico is making sweeping changes to its regulatory structures with the goal of increasing economic growth from various sectors, including energy. And while oil sector reforms have received the most attention, strengthening electricity and natural gas infrastructure to boost manufacturing is a short-term priority.[read more]

The Price is Not (Yet) Right in Climate Policy on Both Sides of the Atlantic

August 4, 2014 by Sieren Ernst
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Recently at the Center for Global Development, IMF Director Christine Legarde gave a talk promoting ‘responsible’ energy pricing, defined as pricing reflects the environmental costs of fossil fuels by way of launching the IMF’s new publication, Getting Energy Prices Right, From Principle to Practices.[read more]

Four Things The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Can Do For Beyond the Grid Solar

August 4, 2014 by Justin Guay

Africa Summit

Earlier this summer, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz announced at an event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a groundbreaking new $1 billion initiative as a part of Power Africa dubbed "Beyond the Grid." The initiative builds on more than 25 small-scale energy projects already in the Power Africa pipeline.[read more]

California and Mexico to Forge Shared Solutions on Climate Change and the Economy

July 30, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Although California and Mexico each have their own challenges, it’s clear that environmental problems like carbon pollution, fossil fuel development, aging infrastructure, pressures on our oceans from overfishing, and threats to valuable natural resource areas pay no heed to governmental borders.[read more]

US and China Agree to Advance Carbon Capture Technology

July 18, 2014 by Edward Dodge

US and China's CCS Agreement

China is the world’s largest coal producer and consumer and the world’s leading emitter of carbon dioxide emissions. China is also the world’s most populous country and is suffering from high pollution levels due to its unrestrained fossil fuel use.[read more]

Some More Pieces of the Paris Jigsaw?

July 14, 2014 by David Hone

Paris Prep

As we head towards COP21 in Paris at the end of 2015, various initiatives are coming to the fore to support the process. So far these are non-governmental in nature, for example the “We Mean Business” initiative backed by organisations such as WBCSD, CLG and The Climate Group.[read more]

Climate Change: "Europe Must Rediscover Its Ambition" Urges UNEP Executive Director [VIDEO]

June 20, 2014 by Kasper Peters
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Europe's Energy Ambition

Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), meets with viEUws.eu leading environment journalist Sonja van Renssen to talk about climate change goals and Europe’s role in the global climate negotiations.[read more]

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

June 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation).[read more]