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A Common Fallacy in the Energy and Climate Debate

September 10, 2013 by Schalk Cloete

Energy and Climate

Those participating in the energy and climate debate often approach the issues from a purely developed world point of view. As this article will illustrate, this type of thinking and approach can lead to dangerously incomplete conclusions.[read more]


Can Developed Countries Reduce Future Total World Carbon Emissions?

December 14, 2012 by John Miller

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The Kyoto Protocol’s ultimate goal was to stabilize atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations at a level needed to mitigate future climate change. Despite Protocol signatory Developed Countries generally complying with current carbon reduction targets, World atmospheric carbon concentrations continue to grow at alarming rates. Can Developed Countries actually reduce future total World carbon emissions to mitigate climate change?[read more]

Belfer Center: Governments of Emerging Economies Out-Investing US in Energy Research

December 21, 2010 by Breakthrough Institute

The governments of six developing countries may now be investing more in energy research than the governments of twenty-one of the world's most developed economies, according to a new report by the Harvard Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. The report takes a close look at the federal energy innovation policies of...[read more]

Beyond Mere Targets: The Developed Country Obstacle

December 1, 2010 by Climatico Analysis

One of the most significant issues that world leaders will attempt to deal with at Cancun is the agreement on specific carbon emission reduction targets, particularly for Annex I developed countries, as part of a legally binding climate change treaty. This is of particular importance as the current set of emission targets set forth in the Kyoto Protocol is due to expire in 2012.[read more]

Monday morning state of play in Copenhagen

December 14, 2009 by Rebecca Lutzy

The intensity is palpable and spread thick across Copenhagen.  Within the Bella Center, the pressure is mounting on all parties as we launch into the final week of negotiations and hit crunch time. Developing countries are reacting negatively to demands being made by developed countries, which haven't been matched by commitments to...[read more]

Copenhagen – Assessing “fair” in 2050

December 9, 2009 by David Hone

The first Tuesday in Copenhagen saw the leak to the Guardian newspaper  of a document called “The Copenhagen Agreement”, a proposed political agreement prepared by the Danish hosts, supposedly in consultation with the USA, the UK and some others. This may be one of several such texts in circulation. Neverthless, it raises a...[read more]

"Carbon Debt"

November 4, 2009 by Geoffrey Styles

A new term has entered our lexicon without much fanfare, but that is about to change. When the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meets next month in Copenhagen, we will hear a lot more about "carbon debt" and the obligation that developing countries believe the developed world owes them...[read more]

Road to Copenhagen, Part 1: Doing the Climate Shuffle

November 3, 2009 by Joseph Romm

There’s a familiar dance being performed on the world stage. It’s called the Climate Shuffle.  It has been going on for decades, but more people are watching now and every nation is practicing the steps. The dance is not complicated. The goal is to get everybody dancing together, a kind of Clean Electric Slide. But first, insist...[read more]

Targeting high polluters globally, Princeton researchers propose a new way to break the developing:developed world impass

July 16, 2009 by Rebecca Lutzy

Princeton researchers are recommending a new approach to “common but differentiated” responsibilities for developed and developing countries, based on individual emissions and described in "Sharing Global CO2 Emissions Among 1 Billion High Emitters,” first published online in PNAS last week (PDF) and covered by the New York Times...[read more]