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Finding the Way to Paris from Lima

December 16, 2014 by David Hone

With the choice of a high road and a low road from Lima to Paris, the Parties seem to have selected the dirt track off to the side, replete with rocks, obstacles, difficult terrain and an uncertain destination. However, the map they have crafted in Lima does at least have clear pointers to the outcome actually needed.[read more]

Countries Know They Must Be Bold and Ambitious Next Year: What Lima Has Set in Motion

December 15, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

COP 20 and Looking Forward to Paris

The international climate negotiations have just wrapped up in Lima, Peru. This meeting was to set key directions for the new international climate agreement next December in Paris, where countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries.[read more]

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

December 11, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

Progress at COP 20

Negotiators have spent the last week at COP 20 in Lima, Peru trying to lay the foundation for a strong agreement next year in Paris. Unfortunately we have gone through the normal routine of foot dragging and posturing from some countries.[read more]

Talking Climate Change in Lima: Who is Pushing for What

December 11, 2014 by Matthew Nisbet
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COP 20 Negotiations in Lima

Studies have described how the insider strategies of environmental professionals and the outsider strategies of activists have pushed UN climate talks in the direction of adaptation financing and human rights. Trends also suggest tensions between these two coalitions that could derail a Paris accord next year.[read more]

COP 20: Reality and Distortions in Lima

December 11, 2014 by David Hone
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COP 20 Perceptions in Lima

Wandering the COP20 campus, listening to side events and hearing senior political, business and NGO representatives talk about the climate issue, you start to feel sure that we must already be on a new energy pathway. Then something happens to make you realize that there is still a long way to go.[read more]

Half Time at the Lima Climate Talks: Obstacles to Building a Global Framework Persist

December 10, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

COP 20 Progress?

One week is in the books at the Lima climate talks and we are heading into the final stretch of the summit, which runs through December 12. So, where do we stand in terms of a viable “Lima draft text” for the 2015 Paris global climate agreement for governments to continue working on next year?[read more]

The U.S. and China Announce Joint Emissions Reductions

November 17, 2014 by Henry Auer

People in China and the United States feel the effects of global warming in their daily lives. The creeping smog hanging over Beijing and other cities, driven in part by burning coal for electric generation, severely impacts the lives of millions of Chinese citizens.[read more]

Long Road to Paris 2015: Longer-Term National Climate Strategies

November 17, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Prepping for Paris

The coming year should be very interesting and time will tell where the common denominator – i.e., where all those post-2020 targets merge – is to be found in terms of dealing with climate change among UN member states and with what respective degree of urgency.[read more]

The Symbolic Politics of Climate Diplomacy

October 30, 2014 by Steven Cohen
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Last week, the European Union began the process of setting the agenda for the climate negotiations scheduled for Paris in late 2015. These talks will focus the world's attention on the climate, but the difference in national interest between developing and developed nations makes a meaningful deal impossible.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Moscow May Still Find a Reason to Close the Valve Shut'

October 25, 2014 by Jared Anderson

Russia and Natural Gas Supplies

Russian, Ukrainian, and EU leadership met with the goal of finalizing a natural gas supply agreement as cold winter weather looms. Russia suspended gas shipments to Ukraine in June due to disagreements over price going forward and over $5 billion of unpaid bills for gas already delivered.[read more]

"At Some Point of Time We Will Go With This Proposal" - Despite Opponents, Sense of Inevitability Grows at Talks on Curbing the Super-Warming HFCs

July 22, 2014 by David Doniger

Countries jousted again over proposals to replace the super-potent heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) under the Montreal Protocol, the world’s most successful environmental treaty. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait emerged as the most vociferous opponents.[read more]

Opinion: Why Obama's 'Clean Power' Plan May Prove Counterproductive for 2015 Global Climate Agreement

June 18, 2014 by Roman Kilisek
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Obama's Power Plan and International Agreements

What do Obama's proposed emissions rules suggest to China, India, and other emerging economic powerhouses around the world? At this stage, most of those countries can ill-afford nor are willing to unnecessarily constrain their growth trajectories.[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]

Does a Future Gas Glut Shape Russian Decision Making in Russia-Ukraine Conflict?

June 11, 2014 by Amy Myers Jaffe

Russia may appear to some observers to have all the cards in its continued negotiations with Ukraine over their high stakes natural gas pricing dispute, in which European gas supply remains a hostage. But long term trends in global natural gas might not be on Moscow’s side.[read more]

Can There Be a Positive Prognosis for Climate Negotiations?

March 18, 2014 by Robert Stavins
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I am writing this brief essay while traveling on board my flight to the United States from Europe, where I participated in a workshop at the Center for European Economic Research (ZEW) in Mannheim, Germany. It was a very interesting event.[read more]