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COP 19: Different Strokes?

The Nineteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-19) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended on Saturday, November 23, with the 195 parties to the Convention (194 countries plus the European Union) making modest...

Posted November 28, 2013    

COP 18 and the Future of International Climate Policy

The Eighteenth Conference of the Parties (COP-18) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended on Saturday, December 8 in Doha, Qatar (a day late and after an all-night negotiating session, as usual for the annual COPs...

Posted December 11, 2012    

Why a post-Durban international climate arrangement needs developing countries

For an international climate agreement to be truly effective, it would need to strike an appropriate balance among three parameters: environmental effectiveness (or the ambition of its environmental objectives), participation of major-emitting...

Posted July 25, 2012    

International climate negotiations: Moving parts and much-more slowly moving national interests

Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Bonn, Germany, May 14-25 and negotiated reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases along three separate tracks. First, the Kyoto Protocol: Delegates to the 17th...

Posted May 25, 2012    

A New Climate Coalition: The Good and the Problematic

On February 16, 2012, U.S. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and environment ministers from five other countries introduced the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants. The Coalition’s members are the governments of...

Posted March 20, 2012