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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

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]


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

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

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

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]