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International Climate Conferences

No Climate Solution Without Nuclear, Experts Say

November 26, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Climate and Nuclear Solutions

The massive worldwide investment in renewable energy, including wind and solar, is good news for the environment. The bad news is that these low-carbon energy sources cannot on their own achieve the COP21 goal of preventing the planet from warming more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit).[read more]

Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement: Deepening International Action

November 26, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Paris Agreement Elements

World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement.[read more]

Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

November 26, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Climate Change and Economic Health

Next week delegates, ministers, heads-of-state and leaders of civil society meet in Paris at the COP 21 conference in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels.[read more]

Carbon Pricing and COP 21

November 25, 2015 by David Hone

As we get closer to COP21 there will be plenty of articles and opinion pieces put forward describing the process, speculating on the outcome and generally trying to help readers understand what exactly is going on. One such piece appeared in the Financial Times recently, written by Pilita Clark.[read more]

Will the Paris Climate Summit Lead to a Cooler Planet?

November 25, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Paris and Possible Effects

Big hopes are riding on the 2015 United Nations climate change conference planned for Nov. 30-Dec. 11 in Paris, where more than 190 nations will strive to hammer out an international agreement aimed at lowering global temperatures through significant reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.[read more]

United States and China Advance Policies to Limit CO2 Emissions

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

US and China Emissions Policies

Late last year, China and the United States each announced intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to mitigate their respective greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but there is still uncertainty in each country's ability to meet those targets.[read more]


Canada Makes Power Moves to Decarbonize its Grid

November 24, 2015 by Jarret Adams

Canada and Updating the Grid

The government of Ontario, Canada’s most populous province, announced November 23 it had banned coal-fired power generation “a first in North America and a significant step in the fight against climate change,” according to a press release.[read more]

Paris Can Be a Key Step

November 23, 2015 by Robert Stavins

My purpose today, in this essay, is to explain why I believe that the Paris climate talks may in fact turn out to be a key step in the international negotiations, and more important, a significant step in efforts to address the threat of climate change.[read more]

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum: And Now for Something Completely Different

November 20, 2015 by David Hone

CCS Conference

The Carbon Sequestration Leadership Forum held its 6th Ministerial Meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The conference offered considerable opportunity for governments and companies to showcase their achievements in carbon capture and storage and to highlight areas in which R&D was proceeding.[read more]


Will the U.S. Comply with President Obama's Paris COP21 INDC Pledge?

November 19, 2015 by John Miller

The Paris Agreement and Political Reality

The Administration submitted an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) for the COP 21 that would commit the U.S. to cut its total greenhouse gas emissions 2005-2025 by 26-28%. Will the U.S. reasonably comply with this commitment based on existing Federal energy related regulations?[read more]

The December 2015 Paris Conference on Global Warming

November 17, 2015 by Henry Auer

The U.N. is convening in Paris in December. The objective is to finalize a new treaty to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. In contrast to the Kyoto Protocol, the draft treaty under consideration would apply equally to all nations and would achieve reductions in emissions by stated policy objectives.[read more]


How Technology Energy Innovation Helps Achieve Sustainable Development

November 17, 2015 by Green Growth Knowledge Platform

Innovation, Technology, and Sustainability

Technological innovation can play a central goal to achieving all 17 of the Sustainable Development Goals agreed by the governments of 193 countries in September 2015. Innovation is both its own goal, and key to addressing all other goals in a cost-effective manner.[read more]

Seven Things You Should Know About China's Coal Consumption

November 17, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China's issuance in August of its 2014 Energy Statistical Yearbook has recently garnered attention due to the yearbook's substantial upward revision of China's coal consumption statistics and their potential implications for China's GHG emissions and the December Paris climate negotiations.[read more]

Will the Paris Agreement Be a Legally Binding Treaty?

November 16, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Secretary of State John Kerry caused a bit of a stir with comments this week in the Financial Times suggesting that the Paris climate agreement will not be a legally binding treaty. It appears Mr. Kerry has stepped somewhat inelegantly into a legal morass that doesn’t translate easily into sound bites.[read more]


Differentiation, Financial Support, and the Paris Climate Talks

November 12, 2015 by Robert Stowe

If the 196 parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change meeting in Paris come to an actual decision, the accord will be the most significant multilateral climate-change agreement put into effect since the Kyoto Protocol, concluded in 1997 (or maybe ever).[read more]