Bonn Climate Talks End: Next Stop Paris and COP 21

November 2, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Bonn and What To Expect in Paris

The final round of climate talks before the COP21 summit in Paris finished up in Bonn recently. The issue of finance remains a core unresolved issue. Developing countries have maintained that they have done the least to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the greatest impacts and indeed already are.[read more]

Where Are the Carbon Market Provisions?

September 10, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Market Provisions

With just 100 days to run until COP21 in Paris and a tenth of that available for formal negotiations, the various national delegations met in Bonn last week to try and push forward the 80+ pages of text, replete with hundreds of bracketed options, into something that looks like a climate treaty.[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]

The Paris Talks: Looking Behind the Scenes

August 31, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Negotiations toward a new global climate agreement resumed Monday in Bonn amid a growing concern that time to reach an agreement is running short – the agreement is due this December in Paris – and that the remaining task is monumental.[read more]

Final Climate Negotiations Before COP 20 Underway in Bonn

October 27, 2014 by Tom Schueneman

Pre-COP Negotiations in Bonn

The final round of negotiations in preparation for the COP 20 climate conference got underway yesterday at UNFCCC headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Set for December in Lima, Peru, COP 20 is an important stepping stone to forging a new universal climate agreement in 2015 at COP 21 in Paris.[read more]

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

June 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation).[read more]

Steps Towards Paris 2015

June 12, 2014 by David Hone

National climate negotiators and a number of Energy/Environment Ministers are currently meeting in Bonn as the global climate deal process slowly edges forward. Whether the steps being taken are big or small remains to be seen, but there are at least steps, so that is a start.[read more]

Climate Negotiators Open a New Round

May 22, 2012 by Elliot Diringer

A new round of climate talks opened this week in Bonn, Germany, with the ambitious goal of reaching a comprehensive legal agreement “applicable to all Parties” by 2015.Countries agreed to launch the new round last December in Durban, South Africa, as part of a package deal that also keeps the Kyoto Protocol alive, at least for...[read more]

Understanding the Water- Energy- Food Nexus

November 4, 2011 by Lou Grinzo

“Understanding the Nexus”, Water Energy Food Nexus, Bonn 2011: Background paper for the Bonn2011 Nexus Conference is now available This paper for the Bonn 2011 Conference presents initial evidence for how a nexus approach can enhance water, energy and food security in a green economy by increasing efficiency, reducing trade-offs, and...[read more]

Governments Must Work Harder to Avoid Global Catastrophe

June 25, 2011 by David Thorpe

Governments of developed countries must work harder to secure a climate pact to succeed the Kyoto Protocol, and avoid an approximately 3.2 degrees rise in average global temperatures this century.Christiana Figueres, head of the U.N. Climate Change Secretariat, made this call last Friday, at the end of two weeks of fraught and only...[read more]

Will The US Make Its Emissions Target? Yes, According To The US!

June 23, 2011 by David Hone

It has been an interesting week for climate change news, with the IPCC releasing its full report on renewable energy, the European Commission moving ahead with energy efficiency legislation, very little happening at the UNFCCC talks in Bonn and of course the battle over carbon pricing continuing in Australia. In scanning the Australian media I spotted an insightful interview with the United States Ambassador to Australia. In the interview, Ambassador Bleich argues that the USA is on track to meet its 2020 greenhouse gas target (17% below 2005 levels) because of the breadth of activity across the economy in transforming the energy system.[read more]

Carbon Market In A Slump As Climate Talks Continue In Bonn

June 10, 2011 by David Thorpe

As world environment ministers and representatives meet in Bonn for climate talks this week, investors in the carbon market are hoping, probably in vain, for some kind of certainty as to what will happen after 2012.After five consecutive years of robust growth, the total value of the global carbon market has stalled at $142 billion due...[read more]

More Voices Advance a New Climate Paradigm Abroad

June 9, 2011 by Breakthrough Institute

After 20 years of dominance, the pollution paradigm--the idea that we could solve climate change similar to the way we've addressed conventional pollution problems--irretrievably failed in 2010. At the end of 2009, the collapse in Copenhagen spelled the end of efforts to enact legally binding emissions caps at the international level. In...[read more]

Getting Down to Business At Bonn Climate Talks

June 8, 2011 by David Hone

Over the next two weeks the national negotiating teams to the UNFCCC will meet in Bonn to continue the discussions on a global agreement and to review a number of technical issues relating to the negotiations. In parallel with this process, there is an active business community seeking a say and a role in what could become the major investment of the 21st Century, the reshaping of the global energy system.[read more]

It’s The Real Thing: The Power of Koch

September 8, 2010 by David Levy

We are at a critical juncture, as a backlash appears to be derailing action on climate change. If progressive groups want to address this threat, we need to understand the interests, strategies, and cultural politics at play. Brian Flannery, chief climate strategist for ExxonMobil, recently circulated his rather depressing report from...[read more]