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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]

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]

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]

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]

A New Model for Carbon Pricing Using Blockchain Technology

September 23, 2015 by Edward Dodge

Carbon Pricing Models

Voices from governments, industry, academia, and activism have called for a price on carbon to help drive deep cuts in carbon dioxide emissions, but it is likely that no new frameworks for pricing carbon will come out of the upcoming talks in Paris.[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]

How Will a Paris Agreement Treat Climate Finance? - Emerging Views

September 14, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

I've just returned from the latest negotiating session in Bonn, where it was clear that climate finance discussions are advancing slowly leading up to an international climate agreement that we hope will be approved in Paris in December.[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]

COP21: Last Stops on the Road to Paris

September 3, 2015 by Tom Schueneman

Prepping for Paris

One of the final rounds of climate talks are now underway in Bonn, Germany as the international community makes final preparations for the upcoming COP21 climate conference in Paris where nations hope to hammer out a binding international treaty on climate change.[read more]

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

September 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

The upcoming Paris climate negotiations will constitute a critical step in the ongoing international process to reduce global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Whether the Paris outcome will be sufficiently ambitious to put the world on a path towards limiting global warming remains to be seen.[read more]

3 Months to Paris: Why the Inevitable Disappointment in the Paris Round is a Sign of a Maturing GHG Management Landscape

September 1, 2015 by Dan Zilnik

The environmental community is sure to be disappointed by the Paris UN Climate Convention. The headlines after the November/ December 2015 UN Climate Convention in Paris are sure to be identical to the headlines for the last 15 years: “climate activists disappointed," etc.[read more]

The Paris Talks: Looking Behind the Scenes

August 31, 2015 by Elliot Diringer

Negotiations toward a new global climate agreement resumed Monday in Bonn amid a growing concern that time to reach an agreement is running short – the agreement is due this December in Paris – and that the remaining task is monumental.[read more]

Assessing the INDCs

August 24, 2015 by David Hone

Countries and their Contributions

It is now just 100 days until COP21 in Paris. The summer months have seen many INDCs submitted to the UNFCCC prior to the assessment deadline of October 1st. This is the date when the UNFCCC secretariat will start work on a synthesis report on the aggregate effect of the INDCs.[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]