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International Climate Conferences

A World-Wide Climate Agreement by the End of 2015

October 8, 2015 by Henry Auer

A Real International Climate Agreement?

Nations around the world are filing notice of their proposed contributions for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the next 10-15 years, or more. This is being done ahead of the next (21st) United Nations “Conference of the Parties” (COP) that convenes starting the end of November 2015.[read more]

Final Steps Towards Paris?

October 7, 2015 by David Hone

The last ten days have seen a rush by nations to publish their INDCs, with the much anticipated INDC from India amongst those submitted. On Monday October 5th, the Co-Chairs of the ADP also released a proposal for a first draft of a new climate change agreement for Paris.[read more]

The Papal Encyclical and Climate Change Policy

October 6, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Coral Davenport, writing in the New York Times, was the first in the press to note that the encyclical on the environment released by Pope Francis, with tremendous praise from diverse quarters, “is as much an indictment of the global economic order as it is an argument for the world to confront climate change.”[read more]

Brazil First Developing Country to Submit an Absolute Emissions Target for 2025

October 6, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Brazil Emissions and Development

Brazil announced at the UN General Assembly that the country would reduce greenhouse gas emissions 37% below 2005 levels by 2025, with an "indicative target" of 43% reduction by 2030. This makes Brazil the largest developing country to set an economy-wide emissions target in its climate pledge.[read more]

Future Energy Fellows post

Green Manufacturing Needs To Go Global

Green Manufacturing

Between 2012 and 2020, approximately 90% of the growth in the world’s electricity consumption will occur in emerging markets. By 2020, two-thirds of global energy consumption will be located in these same regions. Such a drastic growth of energy demand in these areas could spell trouble.[read more]

India Commits to Accelerate Clean Energy and Climate Action, Clearing Path to Paris Climate Talks

October 2, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

India and Climate Talks

Signaling a commitment to fight climate change, India submitted its targets as a part of the Paris climate agreement. India committed to reduce its emissions intensity by 33 to 35% from 2005-levels by 2030, a long-term commitment to curb its GHG emissions under the UNFCCC.[read more]

FASTER Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

October 2, 2015 by David Hone

Last week New York hosted the Papal visit, the UN General Assembly with 150 world leaders gathered, and Climate Week. Arguably this had the makings of a bigger coming together than COP21 itself, although many other issues were also on the agenda, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals.[read more]

Building a Global Climate Agreement that Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

September 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Global Cimate Emissions and Reductions

Almost 20 years ago opponents to climate action ran advertising campaigns throughout the US with the tagline "it's not global and it won't work". This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action.[read more]

China Commits to Significant New Climate Actions in U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change

September 28, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

Presidents Xi Jinping and Barack Obama announced new and strengthened actions by both countries domestically and working together as part of a joint presidential statement on climate change. These commitments build on their historic November 2014 joint announcement.[read more]

Reducing Climate Injustice to the Poor Is Within Our Reach

September 22, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Pope Francis and Climate Justice

In his encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis describes the immorality of a society based on over-consumption, which takes from the earth more than can be sustained, and chokes our land and our oceans and our atmosphere with waste. The Pope describes the injustice of the "economy of exclusion."[read more]

Broken Records: 2015 Hottest Summer, Hottest August, Hottest First Eight Months

September 18, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Temperature Records and Global Warming

Saying that it sounds like a broken record has itself become a broken record. The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows August was the hottest on record, with the summer 2015 the hottest summer on record.[read more]

A Slip of the Tongue: The Language of Climate Science

September 16, 2015 by Sussex Energy Group

Hopes for a legally binding “hard” international agreement amongst nations attending the 21st COP in Paris in December are fading. A more likely outcome is a “strong symbolic agreement” with a built in review mechanism that would allow the “Paris Treaty” to be revisited and updated on a regular basis.[read more]

Energy Efficiency Today Means More Access to Energy Tomorrow

September 11, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

Energy Efficiency and Access

2015 has brought countries across the globe record-breaking temperatures. In addition to leading to wildfires, droughts, and thousands of premature deaths, it also has brought increasing demand for electricity to run air conditioning, leading to disruptive blackouts and reduced energy for other uses.[read more]

Where Are the Carbon Market Provisions?

September 10, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Market Provisions

With just 100 days to run until COP21 in Paris and a tenth of that available for formal negotiations, the various national delegations met in Bonn last week to try and push forward the 80+ pages of text, replete with hundreds of bracketed options, into something that looks like a climate treaty.[read more]

Latest Round of Climate Talk in Bonn Conclude with (Some) Progress on Loss and Damage

September 8, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Bonn Climate Talks

Climate talks concluded in Bonn, Germany last Friday “on track to produce the first comprehensive draft of the new, universal climate change agreement that governments are committed to reach in Paris, in December,” according to a press release from the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.[read more]

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