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United States to Provide Air Quality Data Overseas

February 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Air Quality Data Sharing

Recently, the State Department and the Environmental Protection Agency announced a new partnership that will monitor air quality at selected U.S. embassies and consulates around the world, building on the successful work of the United States embassy in Beijing.[read more]

Keystone XL Pipeline Veto: Right Decision at the Right Time

February 26, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and the Keystone Veto

We don't need Congress to be a pipeline permitting agency. And, there's a good process in place that lets president decide whether transboundary energy projects are in the national interest. The Keystone pipeline has repeatedly been shown to be dangerous to our water, communities, and climate.[read more]

Preparing for Paris: Fifty Shades of Grey?

February 23, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 Preparations

The tension was building, but finally just before Valentine’s Day weekend the negotiators in Geneva completed the first draft of a Paris negotiating text and released it at the end of the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.[read more]

INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action

February 23, 2015 by Kelly Levin

As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020.[read more]

Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

February 23, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Partnerships and Conflicts

The recent Munich Security Conference brought together – as it does every year – important decision-makers in international politics, including heads of state and government along with foreign and defense ministers to discuss “hot” foreign and security policy issues.[read more]

Obama and Modi Signal a Shift Towards Action on a Global Climate Deal

January 28, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard
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Obama and Mode and Climate Action

Amidst the Republic Day celebrations on Monday, President Obama and Prime Minister Modi signaled a stronger relationship in fighting global climate change and growing clean energy markets. The leaders of the largest democracies in the world agreed to cooperate on several climate-related issues.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke
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India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]

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]