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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

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

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

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]

UN Climate Talks Go Into Overtime (Part I) (Updated)

November 23, 2013 by Michael Davidson

United Nations and Climate Change


Two weeks at the UN climate negotiations in Warsaw (COP19) have passed, and talks continued well into early Saturday. As I wrote earlier, this conference was an important step on the way to Paris in 2015, when an international treaty for action on climate change post-2020 will be sought.[read more]

Warsaw Climate Negotiations Should Look Forward, Act Now

November 22, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

COP 10 and Possible Progress

This week, I've joined climate negotiators from 190 countries in Warsaw, Poland, as part of a series of annual meetings to set the stage for the 2015 Paris climate conference. The meetings come on the heels of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful storms in recorded history.[read more]

What COP17 Must Accomplish To Matter

November 21, 2011 by Jake Schmidt

Nelson Mandela famously said: “I am fundamentally an optimist…Part of being optimistic is keeping one's head pointed toward the sun, one's feet moving forward. There were many dark moments when my faith in humanity was sorely tested, but I would not and could not give myself up to despair.  That way lays defeat and death.” ...[read more]

Transparency of climate change actions: sitting down with Minister Xie

October 20, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

While the Tianjin negotiations that recently concluded did not meet our expectations for the road to Cancun, discussions outside the plenary showed that there is still some progress being made. Minister Xie Zhenhua – China’s chief climate negotiator – sat down with me and representatives from 22 other domestic and international NGOs in...[read more]

Looking towards Cancun

September 10, 2010 by David Hone

The unusual end-point to the Copenhagen climate conference last December and the rounds of UNFCCC negotiations that have followed in 2010 could lead even the most optimistic observer to the view that the international climate process is struggling. There is a growing consensus that Cancun is now a stepping stone to a potential agreement...[read more]

Key steps on global warming need to be agreed in Mexico later this year

September 10, 2010 by NRDC Switchboard

This December, 194 countries will be in Cancun, Mexico to continue negotiations on international efforts to address climate change.  My colleagues and I are in Mexico City this week for a series of discussions with key government officials, NGOs, businesses, and members of the media so we’ve been reflecting on Cancun. The Cancun...[read more]