global climate policy

A Challenge for the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

February 4, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Will the 2015 Paris Agreement, scheduled to be signed in December of this year at the COP-21 conference, facilitate – or can it at least avoid inhibiting – international linkage of national, and for that matter, sub-national, climate policies?[read more]

The Price is Not (Yet) Right in Climate Policy on Both Sides of the Atlantic

August 4, 2014 by Sieren Ernst

Recently at the Center for Global Development, IMF Director Christine Legarde gave a talk promoting ‘responsible’ energy pricing, defined as pricing reflects the environmental costs of fossil fuels by way of launching the IMF’s new publication, Getting Energy Prices Right, From Principle to Practices.[read more]


Beyond Paris, Part 5: Pivoting International Climate Policy to Innovation

June 19, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Climate Policy and New Ideas

Society must act quickly to implement policies that provide the world the tools it needs to cut carbon and put the world on a path for deep decarbonization. The more time we let pass without aggressive action, the higher the cost of mitigation and the harder the task.[read more]

Let’s Rename Earth Day!

April 22, 2013 by Joseph Romm

renaming Earth Day?

Renaming Earth Day remains more relevant than ever in light of the world’s ongoing inaction on climate change, the over-running of Congress by climate zombies, and Obama’s multi-year fecklessness on this gravest of threats.[read more]

The Future of Global Climate Policy: Taking Stock of Our Climate Outlook (Part 1)

January 23, 2012 by Matthew Stepp

  Significantly limiting humanity’s impact on the global climate is quite simply an enormous task. Unfortunately, thanks to budget austerity and federal gridlock, any hope of implementing sweeping U.S. climate/energy policy has been optimistically pushed back to 2013 or beyond (though some incremental improvement is possible). And...[read more]

New Report Highlights Case Studies in American Innovation

April 7, 2009 by Jesse Jenkins

In a new report released today, the Breakthrough Institute illuminates the stories behind the invention and diffusion of ten technologies that are everyday facets of our modern lives and offers a new look at government involvement in technological development.The conventional wisdom on climate change -- from Thomas Friedman to the...[read more]