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The Paris Climate Conference at the Halfway Point

December 8, 2015 by Robert Stowe
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Halfway Through COP 21

The 195 national governments that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) are meeting in Paris to draft a major new agreement on climate change. They finished their first week of work on Saturday, December 5.[read more]

COP21: Targets, Goals, and Objectives

December 7, 2015 by David Hone

Paris Agreement Goals

As the negotiators struggle on in Paris at the COP 21 conference on climate change, the question of the long term goal has emerged. What should it be, how should it be structured and will it send the necessary signal to drive future national contributions.[read more]

The Energy Gang: An Update From the Front Lines of the Global Climate Negotiations [PODCAST]

December 4, 2015 by Stephen Lacey

Will developing countries sign on to binding carbon reduction targets? Will rich and poor countries agree to a financing package for climate adaptation? Will anyone pay attention to Republican climate deniers posturing on the global stage? Find out this episode of The Energy Gang podcast.[read more]

COP 21 Update: New Draft Text Released

December 4, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Paris Agreement Text Update

A draft text for a global climate agreement was announced on Thursday morning at COP 21, the international climate conference currently ongoing in Paris. The text is now slimmed down another four pages from the document sent to Paris in late October.[read more]

Paris Talks: From the Visionary to the Nitty-Gritty

December 2, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

The leaders have jetted off back to their home nations, and the focus here at COP 21 has shifted from the visionary to the actual nitty-gritty. Now begins the tough grind of narrowing differences, issue by issue, and finding words everyone can agree on.[read more]

3 Ideas That Could Shape Our World After The Paris Climate Negotiations

November 30, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange
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Paris Outcomes and Influence

The Paris climate negotiations can set the stage for a global shift on climate change – when our world’s emissions finally stop rising, level off, and begin to fall. There is reason to be optimistic: from China to the U.S., from Europe to Asia, countries are coming together with commitments to cut climate pollution.[read more]

Paris Can Be a Key Step

November 23, 2015 by Robert Stavins
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My purpose today, in this essay, is to explain why I believe that the Paris climate talks may in fact turn out to be a key step in the international negotiations, and more important, a significant step in efforts to address the threat of climate change.[read more]

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]

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

March 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

COP 21 Agreement Text

Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty.[read more]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

March 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Love it or hate it, the IPCC plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because the IPCC's reports are accepted as the definitive source on all matters climate change by international negotiators. The IPCC is now at a crossroads.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Keystone XL has Become Perfect Symbol of Washington’s Dysfunction

March 2, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Michael Bloomberg said in an op-ed that Obama should use the Keystone pipeline as a bargaining chip in negotiating a broader climate deal with Canada. Canada and the US’s policy frameworks are aligned. But Canada is considered near the bottom of industrialized countries making efforts on climate change.[read more]

SOTU and the U.S.-China Climate Change Agreement

January 31, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

United States and China Agreements

On January 20th President Barack Obama delivered his State of the Union 2015 address, in which he focused much attention on climate change. It is vitally important for the president to make the case forcefully to the American public, and thus signal to the rest of the world the need for strong climate action.[read more]

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]