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UN Sustainable Energy Goals Falling "Substantially Short"

May 22, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Energy Transition and Developing Economies

Although renewable energy is the fastest-growing portion of new electricity generation in many countries, its rate of growth is still not fast enough to meet the UN goals and unseat legacy sources of generation, primarily coal.[read more]

Jeffrey Sachs: 2015 A Critical Year for Sustainable Development

May 15, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Sustainable Development in 2015

Jeffrey Sachs, the United Nations Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals and Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, explains why the year 2015 is going to be a highly critical year for global sustainable development.[read more]

Analyzing the UN Climate Summit Commitments

April 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Summit Goals

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited world leaders from all levels of government, finance, business, and civil society to a historic Climate Summit on the 23rd of September, 2014 with the goal of galvanizing effective climate action.[read more]

Cleaner Ships and Trains Coming Your Way

January 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

On January 1, 2015, two sets of regulations became effective to help reduce air pollution: one involving large oceangoing ships and another involving US locomotives. The shipping regulations come from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a body under the United Nations.[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]

Talking Climate Change in Lima: Who is Pushing for What

December 11, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet
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COP 20 Negotiations in Lima

Studies have described how the insider strategies of environmental professionals and the outsider strategies of activists have pushed UN climate talks in the direction of adaptation financing and human rights. Trends also suggest tensions between these two coalitions that could derail a Paris accord next year.[read more]

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]

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]

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The UN Climate Summit, the Paris Agreement, and 2° C

September 22, 2014 by Robert Stowe
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Heads of state and senior ministers will meet in New York on September 23 for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Summit. Mr. Ban will encourage them to consider “nationally-determined contributions” more ambitious than they might otherwise have done.[read more]

The Triumph of Climate Pragmatism

For the better part of two decades, a small group of policy scholars and climate policy advocates have argued that the United Nations' climate treaty efforts were doomed. Caps on emissions would fail in world where competitive alternative fuels don't exist, and where billions need to consume more energy.[read more]

Buying the Time Necessary to Save the Planet

May 20, 2014 by Jim Baird
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Climate Risk and the Future

 

The German economist Ottmar Edenhofer, who co-chaired the IPCC committee that wrote the most recent UN report, commented in the New York Times: “We cannot afford to lose another decade.” If we do it becomes extremely costly to achieve climate stabilization.[read more]

A New Call for Carbon Pricing

May 12, 2014 by David Hone

Carbon Pricing

 

In the lead up to the United Nations Climate Summit coming in September of this year, the Abu Dhabi Ascent was held on May 4th and 5th as the only preparatory event. Former Vice President Al Gore was one of the keynote speakers of the Ascent.[read more]

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Characterizing Energy Access, Climate Change, and Innovation

March 24, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Energy Access, Climate, and Innovation

 

The United Nations recently declared the next ten years the “Decade of Sustainable Energy for All,” and there is perhaps no better way to kick off the decade than with a compelling discussion about how to actually reach this important goal.[read more]

$36 Trillion Push For Clean Energy Investment

January 17, 2014 by Tina Casey
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Clean Energy Investment

With the devastating coal-related West Virginia chemical spill barely a week behind us, hundreds of leading investment and financial executives gathered at the UN for the Investor Summit on Climate Risk on January 15, to focus on the opposite of that: a $36 trillion effort called the Clean Trillion Campaign.[read more]