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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    

Secretary Kerry: Secure Global Agreement to Reduce Aviation Pollution

Aviation is a major contributor to global warming with its pollution projected to grow significantly if left uncontrolled. With devastating droughts, floods, fires, and storms devastating communities around the world, we need all the global warming...

Posted March 21, 2013    

Aviation Global Warming Pollution Will Rise Without New Action

Aviation’s contribution to climate change is projected to almost triple by 2050 without any new action. Even with all the expected measures in the aviation sector, aviation’s contribution is still expected to grow and fail to meet the industry’s own...

Posted March 6, 2013    

Clean Energy Investments Top $250 Billion in 2011

In 2011, new clean energy investments rose to a record $263 billion – a 6.5 percent increase from last year.  The United States rose to the top in 2011 after having fallen behind China and Germany last year.  But the 27 countries that make...

Posted April 13, 2012    

South Africa to Introduce Carbon Tax in 2013

South African Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced in his budget speech that a carbon tax will be implemented in the next financial year that runs from 2013-2014.  The proposal is to implement the carbon tax at a fairly low level, and then...

Posted March 13, 2012