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COP 21

U.S. Climate Target Encourages Others to Put Best Foot Forward

April 10, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

The U.S. pushed strongly for getting climate targets on the table well ahead of this year’s Paris negotiation, arguing that exposing countries’ offerings to a bit of scrutiny would encourage them to “put their best foot forward.” With the formal submission of its intended target, the U.S. has arguably done just that.[read more]

Mexico Announces Ambitious Emission Reduction Target in Lead up to Paris

April 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Recently, Mexico announced an ambitious new commitment to peak its greenhouse emissions in 2026 and reduce them by 22% by 2030. With this announcement, Mexico becomes the first developing country and emerging economy to act on the Lima Call for Climate Action.[read more]

Getting to Net-Zero Emissions

March 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Net-Zero Emissions

It is looking increasingly likely, but not a given, that a reference to global net-zero emissions or even a specific goal to achieve net-zero emissions by a certain date (e.g. end of the century) will appear in the climate deal that is expected to emerge from the Paris COP at the end of this year.[read more]

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

March 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

COP 21 Agreement Text

Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty.[read more]

Business and Carbon Pricing

March 2, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Business

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima.[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]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]

What Can Really be Done by 2050?

February 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Climate Change Action Effectiveness

The calls for action are becoming bolder as we move towards COP21. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But I challenge their view that the climate issue can be resolved in just 35 years.[read more]

A Challenge for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

February 4, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Will the 2015 Paris Agreement, scheduled to be signed in December of this year at the COP-21 conference, facilitate – or can it at least avoid inhibiting – international linkage of national, and for that matter, sub-national, climate policies?[read more]

'Climate Geoengineering': As Contingency Plan Perhaps the Sharpest Tool in the World's Climate Tool Box

January 14, 2015 by Roman Kilisek
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Climate Geoengineering Possibilities

The debate about geoengineering technology is slowly creeping into the mainstream media, as both analysts and commentators seem to increasingly doubt the international community’s ability to agree on a comprehensive and effective international agreement at UNFCCC COP 21 in Paris.[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]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Optimism, Dragged Down by Reality, Resulting in Mixed Success'

December 28, 2014 by Jared Anderson
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Measuring Energy Success

When it comes to dealing with climate change, international agreements are not the only solution, but they are important and significant effort will be exerted in Paris next year to reach a binding international agreement. Anything less will be viewed as a major setback.[read more]

MIT Takes a View on a New Climate Agreement

September 1, 2014 by David Hone
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Renewable energy projection

A new MIT report, Expectations for a New Climate Agreement, looks at the prospects for the expected Paris COP21 agreement actually changing the current global emissions pathway. The findings don’t give a lot to be hopeful about, but nevertheless are worthy of further review.[read more]