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International Climate Conferences

US-Brazil 20% Renewable Commitment is a Good Start, But We Can Do More

July 3, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

International Renewables Commitments

President Obama and his Brazilian counterpart, Dilma Rousseff, announced a pretty impressive clean energy commitment at their joint White House appearance recently. They pledged that each country would get 20 percent of its electricity from non-hydro renewable sources, like solar and wind power, by 2030.[read more]

Two Degrees: EU Climate Debate Highlights Key Ingredients for a Deal in Paris [VIDEO]

June 25, 2015 by David Thual
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EU Climate Debate

Sonja van Renssen is joined by Jos Delbeke, Director General for Climate Action, European Commission, Kathleen Van Brempt MEP, Vice-president of the S&D Group, and Eirik Wærness, Chief Economist and Vice President, Statoil, to debate: “Road to Paris: can the EU retain its leadership role at COP21?”[read more]

Under Sanctions, Iran's Crude Oil Exports Have Nearly Halved in Three Years

June 25, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Iran Oil Sanctions

Sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union (EU) at the end of 2011 and during the summer of 2012, respectively, led to the displacement of more than 1.0 million barrels per day (b/d) of Iranian crude oil on the global market.[read more]

The Centrality of Sustainability

June 23, 2015 by Steven Cohen
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The Importance of Sustainability/shutterstock

We have seen the environmental issue evolve from a fringe topic barely clinging to a spot on the political agenda to the subject of a pope's encyclical. Presidents and prime ministers must now negotiate over climate change and habitat preservation just as they have long held talks on trade, jobs and national security.[read more]

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

June 10, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

The G7 countries have sent a clear signal that they want a climate agreement that puts the world on a better path to avoiding the impacts of climate change. The G7 includes the largest developed economies in the world. What they outline can have a powerful impact on the overall shape of the Paris agreement.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and Climate Science in the Media

June 8, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon and Climate and Media

The past few weeks, highlighted by the Business and Climate Summit in Paris and Carbon Expo in Barcelona, have seen many CEOs, senior political figures and institutional leaders call for increased use of carbon pricing. This is certainly the right thing to be saying, but it begs the question, “What next?”[read more]

Water, the West, and the Clean Power Plan

June 2, 2015 by Tom Plant

Water and EPA Regulations

While much of the attention related to EPA’s Clean Power Plan is focused, appropriately, on the emissions and economic benefits of the new standards, a report just released by the CNA Corporation identified another benefit that may end up being worth more than all the other impacts combined: water.[read more]

Big Question About Industry's Newest Climate Effort

May 27, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Industry Climate Efforts

Europe’s largest oil companies are reportedly working together on a policy strategy leading up to this year’s international climate talks in Paris. It remains to be seen if they will take the action needed to effectively tackle some of our most immediate climate threats – or to seize a major untapped opportunity.[read more]

Decarbonizing Development to Secure a Sustainable Future

Decarbonization and Planning

In the past few years, the World Bank has redoubled its efforts to promote sustainable economic development by identifying two goals that can help measure progress towards this objective: to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote shared prosperity.[read more]

More Steps Towards Paris

May 21, 2015 by David Hone
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Paris Agreement Framework

Substantial progress is being made towards a good coverage of INDC submissions by the time of the Paris COP, although many eyes will now be turning to the emerging economies for the real signal with regards tackling global emissions. Mexico has made a good start in that regard.[read more]

IMF Study: Global Energy Subsidies Will Cost $5.3 Trillion in 2015

May 19, 2015 by Katherine Tweed
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Global Subsidy Costs

The global post-tax subsidy for energy, which accounts for the environmental and health toll, will be an estimated $5.3 trillion in 2015, more than 6 percent of global GDP. The figure is more than double the IMF’s own post-tax subsidy analysis just a few years ago.[read more]

"Pre-Pay" Carbon Policy: How Carbon Removal Enables Regulatory Alternatives

May 14, 2015 by Noah Deich

Carbon Removal and Regulatory Policy

There is growing support for governments across the world to price carbon emissions. Moving from theory to practice, however, has proven challenging, as the two leading approaches to pricing carbon, carbon taxes and cap-and-trade programs, only cover about 12% of all carbon emissions globally today.[read more]

Methane Leaks: The Opportunity Paris Climate Negotiators Can't Afford To Miss

April 28, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Methae Leaks at COP 21

When countries meet in Paris for climate talks later this year, they will come armed with the best data on how to reach a climate agreement. But a new report shows that countries have so far been leaving a huge opportunity on the table: methane emissions from oil and gas operations.[read more]

Deal on HFC Super-Pollutants Inches Forward

April 27, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

A global deal to phase down the powerful heat-trapping chemicals called hydrofluorcarbons (HFCs) inched forward after a week of international negotiations in Bangkok under the Montreal Protocol, the world's most successful environmental treaty.[read more]

Can the U.S. Afford to Exclude Military Security from its Arctic Council Chairmanship Agenda?

April 22, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Arctic Council Agenda

At the next Arctic Council Ministerial Meeting held in Iqaluit, Nunavut (Canada) on 24-25 April 2015, the US will take over chairmanship of the Arctic Council from Canada for the next two years until May 2017. This comes at a time of unprecedented geopolitical volatility and tension.[read more]