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Why Japan's Climate Action Deserves a Failing Grade

November 3, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Japan Climate Action

We have given a "climate grade" to key countries for their climate actions and new targets in the lead-in to the Paris climate agreement. Nobody is receiving top marks - an "A+" - but some countries are receiving failing grades. We gave Japan a failing grade - a "D" - for its climate actions.[read more]

MIT Announces Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change

November 3, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

MIT and Climate Change Plans

Citing “overwhelming” scientific evidence, MIT's “A Plan for Action on Climate Change” underscores the “risk of catastrophic outcomes” due to climate change and emphasizes that “the world needs an aggressive but pragmatic transition plan to achieve a zero-carbon global energy system.”[read more]

Indonesia Announces Next Round of Plans to Cut its Climate Pollution

September 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Indonesia and National Emissions Policy

Indonesia formally announced its target to cut carbon pollution as a part of the Paris climate agreement. The country - one of the top ten emitters in the world - announced that it will cut emissions 29 percent below business-as-usual levels by 2030 on its own.[read more]


Semantics Matter: How the Phrasing of Climate Science Articles Can Foster Inaction, and What to Do About It

September 8, 2015 by Matthew Lichtash

Climate Science and Semantics/shutterstock

The way climate communicators phrase predictions matters—poor word choices can foster hopelessness and apathy in the effort to reverse climate change. Here's how to message climate science in a way that promotes action in those that care about such an important issue.[read more]

New Document Streamlines Negotiating Text for Paris, as Groundswell of Climate Action Continues

July 31, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

As the Paris Climate agreement approaches, we are seeing signs of a far different process from the last-minute confusion in Copenhagen. The latest sign of progress towards a successful Paris agreement is the release of a shortened draft negotiating text -- produced by the two co-chairs of the negotiations.[read more]

How Does China's Climate Pledge Stack Up?

July 2, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

China and Climate Action

China's climate pledge will require the country to make very significant changes to its emissions trajectory - including adding non-fossil power equivalent to the entire U.S. power generating capacity by 2030. When you compare China's growth trajectory against that of developed countries, how does it compare?[read more]

Pope Francis Highlights the Moral Imperative of Climate Action

June 18, 2015 by Bob Perciasepe

Pope Francis brings a clear and powerful moral voice to a climate change debate too often clouded by competing ideologies. He reminds us of our responsibilities to the planet and to one another, and makes plain the stakes and the urgency of stronger action.[read more]

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions by All Key Players Around the World this Year

May 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer and you can see progress everywhere. Clean energy is both technically and economically viable, and it's challenging dirty energy around the world.[read more]

A Call to Foundations to Step Up Giving, Act on Climate

April 30, 2015 by Justin Guay

Charity and Climate Change

It's time foundations stepped up their game when it comes to climate. That's the message from two foundations that have invested big in climate: Larry Kramer and Carol Larson of the Hewlett and Packard Foundations. They delivered their message in The Chronicle of Philanthropy in a philanthropic call to arms.[read more]

The U.S. Can and Must Rise to the Global Challenge of Climate Change

April 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

U.S. Climate Action


We have a responsibility to protect future generations from the effects of climate change by reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and other heat-trapping pollutants. This can be done in a manner that protects public health, spurs job creation, and helps address the significant damages from climate change.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: Big Oil Addresses Climate Change

February 19, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Big Oil and Climate Change

This speech is important. Royal Dutch Shell CEO Ben Van Beurden says that it is time for the oil industry to join the debate over climate change. Shell has long advocated for a price on carbon, but in a speech Thursday in London he took the message farther.[read more]

Taking Action on Climate Change is Good Business Strategy

February 3, 2015 by Jason Ye

A new C2ES report highlights lessons that would be useful for businesses, companies, and policymakers as more states and countries consider adopting carbon pricing to spur innovative technologies and cut emissions at the lowest possible cost.[read more]

Energy Quote of the Day: 'Lower Oil Prices will Make it More Difficult to Achieve Climate-Change Goals'

February 1, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Oil Prices and Climate Action

The Saudis have stated that their goal in maintaining current oil output and export volumes has been to protect market share against foreign rivals. The Saudi’s rivals are not limited to other oil producers though, they are also striving to undermine clean energy technologies and climate change policies.[read more]

Climate and Renewable Trends for 2015

January 29, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Trends in 2015

Continued global job creation in the renewable energy sector, the increasing political clout of US renewable energy businesses, China's efforts to cut CO2 emissions and the evolution of global energy markets increasingly away from fossil fuels should provide plenty of opportunity for continued progress in 2015.[read more]

The Path to a Safe Climate Goes Through India

January 26, 2015 by Durwood Zaelke

India and Climate Change Action

It seems fitting that NASA scientists announced that 2014 was the hottest year on record immediately before Prime Minister Modi and President Obama meet in India. Because they have a unique opportunity to set the world on a path to address more than half of the projected global warming through mid-century.[read more]