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Mexico's Energy Legislation Needs to Incorporate Clean Energy in Order to Fight Climate Change

December 19, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Mexico Energy Legislation and Clean Energy

Mexican President Peña Nieto spoke at the 20th Conference of the Parties climate negotiations in Lima, Peru last week about Mexico’s commitment to fight climate change, including a commitment of $10 million to the Global Climate Fund and $20 million to the Global Environment Fund.[read more]

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3 Climate Lessons From Lima

December 18, 2014 by Durwood Zaelke

Lessons from Lima

Climate change cannot be solved without leadership from heads of government, without immediate mitigation of near-term warming, and without cutting short-lived climate pollutants to complement the United Nations climate agreement.[read more]

Four Actions that Latin America's Cities Can Explore to Combat Climate Change

December 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Between now and 2050 global urban populations are projected to grow from 3.4 to 6.4 billion people. This type of rapid growth creates new and higher demand for resources, especially in the transport sector, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, as well as an inescapable energy cost.[read more]

Rising Pollution in the Developing World: Is India a Climate Protection 'Wild Card'?

December 1, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

India as Climate Wild Card

The world is constantly and almost instantaneously transforming right before our very eyes. And given the great complexity and increasing interconnectedness of resulting emerging challenges it is advisable for policymakers to attempt to get ahead of the curve.[read more]

Sub-National Climate Change Actions Prevail Over National Politics

November 25, 2014 by Devashree Saha

In the US, national politics has not been friendly to the climate debate and partisan gridlock and dysfunction have routinely affected any serious response to climate change. With national action remaining tepid, it has fallen to sub-national actors to embrace and enact meaningful climate change policies.[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]

Long Road to Paris 2015: Longer-Term National Climate Strategies

November 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Prepping for Paris

The coming year should be very interesting and time will tell where the common denominator – i.e., where all those post-2020 targets merge – is to be found in terms of dealing with climate change among UN member states and with what respective degree of urgency.[read more]

Historic Announcement Shows US and China Are Serious about Fighting Climate Change

November 15, 2014 by Frances Beinecke
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President Obama and President Xi Jinping announced ambitious new plans to reduce climate change pollution. This marks a turning point in the fight against global warming. The world’s two largest emitters of carbon pollution have come together to set firm targets for cutting emissions.[read more]

Energy News Roundup: Climate Deal Spurs Building Spree, Dow Selling Billions in Assets, and IEA Sees US Shale Cap Ex Pullback

November 14, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Energy News

The US and China agreed to cut carbon emissions in order to combat climate change, a historic pact that has many excited and many outraged. But China’s commitment to cap greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 means the country will need to build out power generation infrastructure in unprecedented ways.[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]

Examining Nuclear Power as Climate Option, Part II

November 12, 2014 by Suzanne Waldman
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In this second half of my essay, I will move on to the other factors habitually cited as barriers to the use of nuclear power as a climate mitigation option: the actual risks of nuclear power and its concomitant waste, and the current public image of nuclear power.[read more]

Two Important Errors in the Fossil Fuel Divestment Debate: A Response to Robert Stavins

November 10, 2014 by Benjamin Franta
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Is climate change a moral crusade? Robert Stavins argues that climate change is fundamentally a scientific, economic, and political challenge, and that viewing climate change as a moral crusade may increase the political polarization surrounding the topic. Does this package of arguments hold water?[read more]

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

November 7, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

China Fuel Choices and Climate Commitments

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change. Now China is taking serious action and is clearly on the brink of even more major action.[read more]

Converting Global Warming to Global Energy

November 5, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Turning Warming into Energy

As a business model, the legitimate conversion of a liability into income is the most successful of all the many possible outcomes. And when that liability is perhaps the greatest one that the world currently faces the opportunity is equally as colossal.[read more]

Reflections on the IPCC Synthesis Report

November 5, 2014 by David Hone
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The release of the IPCC 5th Assessment Report Synthesis document on Sunday was a useful reminder of the wealth of measurements, observations and science behind the reality of the anthropocene era and the impact it is having on global ecosystems.[read more]