climate change action

California Climate Year In Review: A Tale Of Tremendous Progress

January 1, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard
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California Climate Progress

California passed the most aggressive clean energy targets in the world, established the most ambitious carbon reduction target in North America, divested its public pension funds from coal, and made unprecedented commitments to bring clean energy to disadvantaged communities.[read more]

Paris Agreement: A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress

December 14, 2015 by Robert Stavins

The Paris Agreement, a truly landmark climate accord, which was gaveled through on Saturday, December 12, 2015, at 7:26 pm (Paris time) at the Twenty-First Conference of the Parties (COP-21), checks all the boxes in my scorecard for a potentially effective Paris Agreement.[read more]

A Deal in Paris is All But Assured, But How Strong Will It Be?

December 11, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Will the Paris Agreement be effective?

Delegates, ministers and observers worked late into the night last night deliberating over the latest “clean” text released by the COP presidency on Wednesday afternoon. Slimmed down to from 43 pages to only 29, the text now leaves far fewer options for ministers to decide by the Friday deadline.[read more]

No Climate Solution Without Nuclear, Experts Say

November 26, 2015 by Jarret Adams
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Climate and Nuclear Solutions

The massive worldwide investment in renewable energy, including wind and solar, is good news for the environment. The bad news is that these low-carbon energy sources cannot on their own achieve the COP21 goal of preventing the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).[read more]

David Crane’s 5 'Easy' Steps to Tackling Climate Change

November 18, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

David Crane Solves Climate Change

The energy industry is currently running out of time on addressing climate change and the many issues related to it, says NRG CEO David Crane. And if utilities don't find the customer-centric solutions to the problem, they're in big trouble.[read more]

Pope Francis Urges Action on Climate in His U.S. Visit

September 29, 2015 by Henry Auer

Pope Francis and Climate Policy

Pope Francis's recent visit to the United States addressed the issue of global warming as a worldwide concern on several occasions. He stressed that we have to begin now, acting in concert, to stabilize the planet and improve our common home, the earth in its entirety.[read more]

4 Undeniable Signs We're Making Progress on Climate Change

September 11, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Climate Change Action and Success

Seven months ago, I made a strong statement that may have left some people shaking their heads. I said that we can turn the corner on climate change in just five short years. As it turns out, 2015 is shaping up to be a year of giant steps toward that goal.[read more]

COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

September 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Prepping for Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change.[read more]

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

July 14, 2015 by Tom Schueneman
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Building the Post-Carbon World

The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines.[read more]

The Centrality of Sustainability

June 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The Importance of Sustainability/shutterstock

We have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe topic barely clinging to a spot on the political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security.[read more]

Laudato Si: The Moral Case for Energy Efficiency

June 22, 2015 by James Greenberger

Pope Francis and Climate Change/shutterstock

Last week Pope Francis issued a sweeping new encyclical on the environment entitled “Laudato Si”. The encyclical runs 184-pages and covers a range of issues. Most noteworthy is its endorsement of the proposition that climate change is real and caused primarily by human activity.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and Climate Science in the Media

June 8, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Climate and Media

The past few weeks, highlighted by the Business and Climate Summit in Paris and Carbon Expo in Barcelona, have seen many CEOs, senior political figures and institutional leaders call for increased use of carbon pricing. This is certainly the right thing to be saying, but it begs the question, “What next?”[read more]

Crude Oil Prices, Climate Change, and Global Welfare

May 28, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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Is the dramatic decline in oil prices a complete gift to the West because of the enormous funds being saved, or is it an unintended Trojan horse because development of renewable energy as well as new fossil-fuel sources will decline in the West, posing longer new challenges?[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]

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Fossil Fuel Divestment is Exposing Confusion on Climate (and That's a Good Thing)

May 22, 2015 by Benjamin Franta
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One of the useful aspects of the fossil fuel divestment movement is that those involved in the movement, in the process of arguing about fossil fuel divestment, will often reveal their beliefs and assumptions about climate change and what to do about it.[read more]