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International Climate Conferences

U.S. Climate Target Encourages Others to Put Best Foot Forward

April 10, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

The U.S. pushed strongly for getting climate targets on the table well ahead of this year’s Paris negotiation, arguing that exposing countries’ offerings to a bit of scrutiny would encourage them to “put their best foot forward.” With the formal submission of its intended target, the U.S. has arguably done just that.[read more]

Fossil Fuel Divestment: Some Points of Utility

April 7, 2015 by Benjamin Franta

Those who are serious about the risks of climate change should base their analyses on reason and evidence, not on rhetoric. And both reason and evidence strongly suggest that we need to be serious about efforts to divest from fossil fuels.[read more]

How Should National Contributions be Measured?

April 7, 2015 by David Hone

Emissions and Contributions

The last days of March saw the start of submissions of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC. The United States, Switzerland, European Union, Mexico and Russia have all met the requested deadline of the end of Q1 2015.[read more]

Springing Eternal: Seven Reasons for Hope on Climate Change

March 26, 2015 by Peter Dykstra
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Hope on Climate Change

Let’s look at what’s been happening in climate change action lately, because after years of bitter disappointment, things look different now. Because after years and years of cynicism, I see elements of a sea change in urgency and attitude on climate.[read more]

'Geo-Defragmentation' as a Means of Reestablishing Order within the International System

March 11, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Geo-Defragmentation and Order

Globalization rose in the Post-Cold War era bringing certain regions closer together via global supply chains and a developmental agenda took precedence over pure geopolitical considerations in many countries as a result of the upheaval.[read more]

Why Care about Global Warming? Droughts, Poor Harvests, and Social Upheaval

March 11, 2015 by Henry Auer

Global Warming, Global Risk

In both industrialized countries and developing countries there may be those who ask “why should we care about global warming?” After all, many people may not feel that they are affected by warming, and may pay scant attention to reports showing the effects of extreme weather and climate events.[read more]

Progress on the Road to Paris: Negotiating Text for COP 21 Agreement Published

March 9, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

COP 21 Agreement Text

Last week the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) announced that important progress had been won on the road to Paris, where, at the COP 21 climate conference later this year, the goal is to reach a binding global climate treaty.[read more]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

March 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Love it or hate it, the IPCC plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because the IPCC's reports are accepted as the definitive source on all matters climate change by international negotiators. The IPCC is now at a crossroads.[read more]

Business and Carbon Pricing

March 2, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Business

At the UN Climate Summit last September, the World Bank and others put the carbon pricing discussion back on the agenda, first with a Statement on Carbon Pricing signed by over 1000 companies and 70 governments and then with a series of side events and meetings which also carried through to COP20 in Lima.[read more]

Preparing for Paris: Fifty Shades of Grey?

February 23, 2015 by David Hone

COP 21 Preparations

The tension was building, but finally just before Valentine’s Day weekend the negotiators in Geneva completed the first draft of a Paris negotiating text and released it at the end of the eighth part of the second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action.[read more]

INDCs: Bridging the Gap Between National and International Climate Action

February 23, 2015 by Kelly Levin

As the world marches toward December’s United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP21) Paris climate summit, governments are determining what effort they will make to reduce emissions and address climate change. Countries are in the midst of implementing commitments through 2020.[read more]

Germany, Turkey, and Russia: Strange Energy Bedfellows

February 23, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Partnerships and Conflicts

The recent Munich Security Conference brought together – as it does every year – important decision-makers in international politics, including heads of state and government along with foreign and defense ministers to discuss “hot” foreign and security policy issues.[read more]

The Core Issues in the Paris Climate Talks

February 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Paris Agreement Issues and Risks

 

It’s dangerous to venture predictions about COP 21. But if the political will among the major economies keeps strengthening, Paris could prove our best chance since the UNFCCC’s launch more than 20 years ago for a balanced, durable agreement that, while it won’t solve climate change, will help put us on track.[read more]

What Can Really be Done by 2050?

February 16, 2015 by David Hone
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Climate Change Action Effectiveness

The calls for action are becoming bolder as we move towards COP21. Perhaps none have been as bold as the recent call by The B Team for governments to commit to a global goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. But I challenge their view that the climate issue can be resolved in just 35 years.[read more]

Energy Access: The First Fridge in Town

February 9, 2015 by David Hone
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Energy Access and Technology

Santosh Chowdhury, a gentleman who lives in the village of Rameshwarpur in India, had just bought a fridge, which may seem uninteresting, but it was the first fridge in his village. The thing about refrigeration that is different than almost any other domestic energy consuming device: it requires reliable 24/7 electricity.[read more]