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State Department Outlines 'New Architecture' to Address Climate Change

May 11, 2015 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change Government Policy

In her final speech as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton spoke about the significant changes in the world that she has witnessed over the years. She talked about the new challenges, such as climate change, that have proved too difficult and complex for traditional international structures alone.[read more]

The IPCC at a Crossroads

March 2, 2015 by Robert Stavins

Love it or hate it, the IPCC plays a very important role in global climate change policy around the world. This is because the IPCC's reports are accepted as the definitive source on all matters climate change by international negotiators. The IPCC is now at a crossroads.[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]

Divestment Will Not Keep Carbon in the Ground

January 27, 2015 by Harry Saunders

Shuffling paper assets around does not change the production economics of the fossil fuels industry. Divestment must be justified on other grounds. No matter how widespread any particular misconception, it is unnerving when this infects learned discourse in the academy.[read more]

What Might the Future Look Like if We Took Climate Change Seriously?

December 27, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and Deep Decarbonization

A new analysis lays out several detailed “pathways” to a low-carbon future for the United States, and offers practical guidance for policy makers. The bottom line finding is that there are multiple ways we can significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions with known technologies.[read more]

Making Climate Change Policies Fit their Own Domain

November 3, 2014 by Adam Whitmore

Climate Change Policies

There is a widely held narrative for climate policy that runs something like this: The costs of damage due to greenhouse gas emissions are not reflected in economic decisions. This needs to be corrected by imposing a price on carbon, using the power of markets to incentivize efficient emissions reduction.[read more]


Can Mitigating Global Climate Change be a Free Lunch?

September 29, 2014 by Matthew Stepp

Krugman and Climate Change Mitigation Costs

Paul Krugman launched the latest salvo in the battle over the economics of climate change when he recently announced: “Saving the planet would be cheap; it might even be free.” But he ignores critical nuances on policy and technology that lead him to the wrong conclusion that climate mitigation is a free lunch.[read more]

Secretary Kerry is Right that Climate Change Needs to be Tackled like a 'Weapon of Mass Destruction'

February 18, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Climate Change and Impact


Secretary of State John Kerry got it right when he identified climate change as one of the most urgent issues facing the world in a February 16 speech in Jakarta. Kerry got it right on the science, the urgency, and the opportunity to be found in clean energy solutions.[read more]

Obama's Climate Legacy May Come Down to Coal and 'No'

February 8, 2014 by Bill Chameides

Obama and Climate Change

The Obama administration gave environmentalists little to cheer about last week, but the game is hardly over. When it comes to climate change, Obama’s rhetoric has been striking and unequivocal (for example here), but with congressional deadlock, his ability to enact climate legislation has been nonexistent.[read more]

Stae of the Union: The Climate Impact Line

January 31, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

After listening to the State of the Union speech by President Obama, I was quite disappointed with the energy and climate aspects. A president talking about the seriousness of the issue and then touting an absurd “all of the above” energy plan that relies on natural gas as a “bridge fuel” is beyond parody.[read more]

The Silver Bullet Of Climate Change Policy

January 29, 2014 by Gernot Wagner

When the conversation turns to climate change, someone is sure to opine that there’s no silver bullet. The issue is simply too complex to have one solution. When you focus on all the changes needed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions globally it seems like a multifaceted approach is the only way forward.[read more]

The Sociology of Climate Change

January 13, 2014 by Lou Grinzo

I recently read Kari Marie Norgaard’s, Living in Denial: Climate Change, Emotions, and Everyday Life, an excellent and somewhat unusual book that has instantly made its way onto the list of “must read” books that I send people when they ask for recommendations.[read more]

The Existential Imperative: Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion II

January 6, 2014 by Jim Baird

Ocean Heat and Energy

The fourth IPCC assessment projects that 40 to 70 percent of species could go extinct if Earth warms by 3.5 °C. Ominously a recent study by Australian and French scientists published in Nature predicts that unless greenhouse gas emissions are cut, the planet will heat up by 4°C by 2100.[read more]

Negotiation Myopia Misses Groundswell of Climate Action

December 5, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

COP 19 and Action

I have just returned from the most recent round of international climate negotiations in Warsaw. While many observers were discouraged and hundreds of civil society activists walked out on the talks, I came away somewhat more optimistic.[read more]

3 Ways New Filibuster Rules Could Affect US Climate Policy

November 26, 2013 by Evan Juska

On Thursday, Senate Democrats used a rare procedural move, known as the “nuclear option,” to end the use of filibusters. Here’s 3 ways the rule change for Presidential nominees could actually affect U.S. climate change policy.[read more]