10 Charts that Explain Climate Change Mitigation (Plus 2 More that Explain Negotiation)

April 24, 2014 by Lindsay Wilson

Climate Change Mitigation and Negotiation

I really love the IPCC (high confidence), but if you read the summary for policymakers (medium confidence), some of the wording doesn’t exactly role of the tongue (robust evidence, medium agreement). You know what I mean? (medium evidence, medium agreement).[read more]

Important Progress at Global Warming Negotiations in Durban; Major Work Ahead

December 12, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

As Nelson Mandela famously said*: “It always seems impossible, until we are done.”  That is exactly how it seemed at the United Nations COP-17 climate negotations over the past two weeks  – extremely difficult (and even impossible at times). The negotiations lastest more than than 36 hours after  they were supposed to...[read more]

Will the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

December 9, 2011 by Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations began last week in Durban, South Africa.  These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The key challenge at this point is to maintain the process of building a sound foundation for meaningful,...[read more]

What Must COP17 Negotiations Accomplish To Matter Part 3

December 1, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

One year ago, countries rallied around the Cancun Agreements with multiple standing ovations and strong words of support.  While these agreements are not sufficient by themselves to fully address global warming, there are several key elements which establish a foundation for international action on global warming.  Since Cancun...[read more]

Key Actions Leaders Must Take Before the 2012 Earth Summit

June 6, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

Carbon pollution from fossil fuel use reached the highest level yet in 2010, according to the International Energy Agency.  So should we throw up our hands?  No, this is a wake-up call that countries need to significantly speed up the pace of their action to reduce emissions.  And when they come to the Earth Summit in Rio...[read more]

Defining Success for Climate Negotiations in Copenhagen

December 7, 2009 by Robert Stavins

Click Here for full Energy Collective coverage of COP-15 >>>>  The fact that President Obama has decided to attend the United Nations climate change negotiations in Copenhagen at the end of the two-week meetings on December 18th, rather than during the previous week on his way to Oslo to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, is...[read more]