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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]

UN Climate Talks Go Into Overtime: On the Road to Lima (Part II)

November 26, 2013 by Michael Davidson

UN Climate Talks

Continuing straight through Friday night and into Saturday, the Warsaw climate talks met the bare minimum of progress to keep parties on track to sign a climate agreement in Paris in 2015. A lot of unanswered questions remain, and we can expect more tough and drawn-out negotiations in Lima.[read more]

Efforts to Limit Aviation Emissions Advance at ICAO

October 9, 2013 by Steve Seidel
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The United Nations’ body that oversees civil aviation has reached an important milestone in international efforts to craft effective solutions to climate change. And this success should send a signal to other organizations as they grapple with the challenges of limiting emissions.[read more]

IPCC Report: Global Warming Caused By Humans, Impacts Speeding Up

August 19, 2013 by Joseph Romm

IPCC Report

The Fifth, and hopefully final, Assessment Report from the UN Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change is due next month, but leaks are already out: It is 95 percent likely that human activities, chiefly the burning of fossil fuels, are the main cause of warming since the 1950s.[read more]

UN panel urges phase-out of fossil fuel subsidies

January 31, 2012 by Jake Schmidt
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Why the UN recommends phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and moving to low carbon energy production. Think anyone will remember this by the time Rio+22 happens?[read more]

What Happened (and Why): An Assessment of Cancun Agreements

December 13, 2010 by Robert Stavins

The international climate negotiations in Cancun, Mexico, have concluded, and despite the gloom-and-doom predictions that dominated the weeks and months leading up to Cancun, the Sixteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-16) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) must be judged a success.  It represents...[read more]

Key Stories Playing Out at COP 16

December 7, 2010 by Nathanael Baker

Climate change is a topic that has steamrolled into mass consciousness, and the discourse gains more intensity daily.  There are multiple interests, parties, and positions all claiming legitimacy within the discussion.  COP 16, the international climate change conference held in Cancun, Mexico, is the United Nations' latest...[read more]