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Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players Around the World this Year

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer, resist the tug of hopelessness, and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically...

Posted May 29, 2015    

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

We have a responsibility to protect our children and future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs...

Posted April 25, 2015    

Broad Support for the U.S. Climate Change Commitment

This post was co-written by Han Chen from NRDC. Recently the White House submitted its formal proposal to cut U.S. emissions by 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. In an earlier post I discussed the implications this commitment would have in...

Posted April 12, 2015    

U.S. Trade Agreement with Asia-Pacific Countries Must Have Strong Environmental Provisions

The U.S. and eleven other countries are in the final stages of a trade agreement - the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) - that would, if completed, be the biggest trade agreement in recent history. It would cover countries accounting for over forty...

Posted January 22, 2015    

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

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...

Posted December 15, 2014    

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

Negotiators have spent the last week 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. As Ministers arrive...

Posted December 11, 2014    

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Climate Agreement in Paris

In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For two weeks, countries are participating in another round of climate change...

Posted December 4, 2014    

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

The U.S. and other countries have pledged initial resources to help the Green Climate Fund (GCF) spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3...

Posted November 26, 2014    

China and US Make Important Commitment to Deep Climate Targets

Chinese President Xi and President Obama just made a huge announcement. They committed to even deeper cuts in their climate pollution than many expected was achievable just a few short years ago. They specified targets that clearly signal that both...

Posted November 15, 2014    

U.S. Can Still Implement Strong International Climate Actions

A lot of policymakers and commentators are speculating about what the recent elections will mean for U.S. efforts to address climate change at home and abroad. The shift in control of the U.S. Senate means that GOP leaders will likely try block...

Posted November 11, 2014    

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak and Strong Climate Commitments

Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change – a relic of the debate...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their...

Posted October 29, 2014