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Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a...

Posted June 17, 2014    

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of...

Posted June 5, 2014    

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DCThe Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so...

Posted May 26, 2014    

Furthering International Climate Finance: Finalizing Some Key Threshold Issues for the Green Climate Fund

Countries will meet next week to take further steps to advance key threshold issues for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was a key component of the agreements reached in Copenhagen in 2009 as it could help mobilize significant resources to assist...

Posted May 20, 2014    

Climate Change Damages Happening Now, More Severe Impacts Coming if We Don't Act: Key Findings from IPCC Report

The climate science community released its second new consensus report documenting the impacts of climate change in communities around the world, both now and in the future. This report follows on the heels of the earlier report that found that...

Posted April 1, 2014    

Secretary Kerry Makes Climate Change Top Priority in New Policy Directive: Some Key Actions to Deliver on That Policy

Secretary Kerry has just issued his first “Policy Directive” as U.S. Secretary of State. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an “all hands on deck” approach to this issue. He...

Posted March 13, 2014    

President Obama State of the Union Address: International Climate Implications

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DCAddressing climate change is a key legacy issue for President Obama. His tenure is occurring when the scientific evidence on climate change is irrefutable, the imperative to act...

Posted January 31, 2014    

Energy News: World Bank to Stop Funding Coal Projects

The World Bank Group has just agreed to stop funding coal projects. This is welcome news as the World Bank Group has funded almost $6 billion in coal projects over the past five years. As a part of a new energy strategy which will cover the Bank’s...

Posted July 19, 2013    

5 Reasons Countries Can Agree to Action on Climate Change by 2015

It is critical that countries agree in 2015 to significantly reduce their climate pollution and secure a global agreement to address climate change. There are at least five reasons that should drive countries to agree to such action (as I discussed...

Posted May 3, 2013    

Climate Change and 5 Reasons We Need a New Global Agreement by 2015

In December 2011 countries agreed in Durban, South Africa to secure a new international legal agreement by 2015. This is not the first time that countries agreed to finalize such an agreement. Cynics point out that countries continually agree to...

Posted May 2, 2013    

Obama Budget Request for International Climate Action Falls Short

Under the Obama Administration, the United States has invested internationally in addressing climate change. These investments have helped developing countries speed up the deployment of clean energy reduce the loss of forests around the world, and...

Posted April 22, 2013    

Dear World Bank: Stop Funding Climate Change

World Bank President Dr. Kim has spoken repeatedly about the damages that climate change will inflict on our children and grandchildren and the poorest throughout the world. This is a welcome signal that he understands the consequences of climate...

Posted April 6, 2013