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Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke...

Posted February 6, 2016    

COP 21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

“Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate...

Posted December 17, 2015    

A Deal in Paris is All But Assured, But How Strong Will It Be?

Delegates, ministers and observers worked late into the night last night deliberating over the latest “clean” text released by the COP presidency on Wednesday afternoon. Slimmed down to from 43 pages to only 29, the text now leaves far fewer...

Posted December 11, 2015    

Can the Ghosts of Copenhagen be Exorcised at COP21?

After a week of negotiators working in “spin-off” groups, the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform (ADP)  completed their work on Saturday with the final compilation of the Paris Outcome draft text officially...

Posted December 8, 2015    

COP 21 Update: New Draft Text Released

A draft text for a global climate agreement was announced on Thursday morning at COP21, now slimmed down another four pages from the document sent to Paris in late October.At a press conference on Thursday hosted by Climate Action Network...

Posted December 4, 2015    

COP Out: What If There's No Deal in Paris?

The start of the COP21 climate talks on Monday mark the end of the beginning for global climate action: a decisive step forward.Or, to put a more pessimistic slant on it, the beginning of the end of a stable climate.But why...

Posted December 3, 2015    

Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

Next week delegates. ministers, heads-of-state and civil socity meet in Paris at COP21 in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.Data recently released from the...

Posted November 26, 2015    

Bonn Climate Talks End: Next Stop Paris and COP 21

The final round of climate talks before the COP21 summit in Paris finished up in Bonn recently. As crunch time descends upon negotiators, the issue of finance remains a core unresolved issue. Developing countries have maintained that they have...

Posted November 2, 2015    

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

This post first published in TriplePunditLater this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international...

Posted October 9, 2015    

Broken Records: 2015 Hottest Summer, Hottest August, Hottest First Eight Months

Saying that it sounds like a broken record has itself become a broken record. The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows August was the hottest on record, with the summer 2015 the...

Posted September 18, 2015    

Latest Round of Climate Talk in Bonn Conclude with (Some) Progress on Loss and Damage

Climate talks concluded in Bonn, Germany last Friday “on track to produce the first comprehensive draft of the new, universal climate change agreement that governments are committed to reach in Paris, in December,” according to a press...

Posted September 8, 2015    

COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on...

Posted September 3, 2015