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The Oasis of an HFC Amendment: Not a Mirage, But Still a Dune or Two Away

November 11, 2015 by David Doniger

At the close of a week's worth of negotiations in Dubai, countries have made progress toward the oasis of an HFC phase-down amendment to the Montreal Protocol. If they keep driving their camels, there's hope they can reach the oasis in 2016.[read more]

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]

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 and US Commit to Strengthened Domestic and International Climate Actions

September 29, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

Last November, as part of the joint announcement at the APEC meeting in Beijing, China and the US agreed to new targets to cut their carbon pollution. This year the two countries are focusing on implementation of these goals, formalizing more actions to domestically reduce emissions.[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]

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]

Do We Have a Wicked Problem to Deal With?

September 2, 2015 by David Hone

Carbon Pricing and Environmental Policy

Two articles in Foreign Affairs highlight different routes forward for tacking the climate issue. One, by Michael Bloomberg, argues that the mitigation solution increasingly lies with cities (this isn’t just about city resilience) and the other puts the challenge squarely in front of the business community.[read more]

The Cost of Contributions

August 4, 2015 by David Hone

The process of national governments submitting Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) to the UNFCCC is well underway, with a number of developing and least developed economies also submitting plans. Most recent amongst these is a detailed and ambitious plan from the government of Kenya.[read more]

Membership has its Co-Benefits

July 28, 2015 by Meredith Fowlie

Preparing for the Paris Agreement

Last week marked the first “informal ministerial consultations” in the run up to the UN climate talks in December. The objective of these meetings before The Meeting is to provide common ground and a framework for what the UN Climate Chief is ominously calling the “last chance for a meaningful agreement”.[read more]

The Politics of a Warming Arctic

July 17, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Arctic Politics

In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy, including Canada, the U.S. Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and Russia. The AEPS identified six principal pollution issues: persistent organic pollutants, oil pollution, heavy metals, noise, radioactivity and acidification.[read more]

Commentary: Cracking Open A Window for Iran to Attain its "Economy of Resistance"

July 14, 2015 by Amy Myers Jaffe

As news of a deal between Iran and the P+1 group intensifies, markets and companies will increasingly focus on what it will mean for oil. There are already hints that any deal will involve inspections, followed by affirmation of compliance, by the International Atomic Energy Agency which could take up to six months.[read more]

Our Common Future Under Climate Change: The Challenge and Opportunity

July 14, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Building the Post-Carbon World

The largest international scientific meeting on climate change concluded this week in Paris, reinforcing the idea that 2015 is a crossroads for action on global warming. The international conference included 2000 scientists from nearly 100 countries discussing a large breadth of interests and disciplines.[read more]

A Key Moment is Coming for the IPCC's Future

July 9, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Now is an important moment to think carefully about the path ahead for the IPCC, because in early October of this year, the 195 member countries of the IPCC (who together constitute this “intergovernmental panel”) will meet in plenary in Dubrovnik, Croatia, to elect a new Chair[read more]

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]

Progress on Phasing Down HFCs as Countries Build Momentum Toward a Deal

July 1, 2015 by David Doniger

HFC Reduction

The global effort to phase down powerful heat-trapping hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) is gaining speed as several nations recently put forth detailed plans to curb HFC use. Negotiators at the upcoming Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) in Paris next month will weigh in on updated amendment proposals.[read more]