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What Will Happen At the Paris Climate Conference?

Renat Heuberger | Posted 09.16.2015 | Green
Renat Heuberger

COP21, the next UN climate summit in Paris, is only a few months away. Therefore, we have decided to roll out our big crystal ball and present you our 10 key outcomes you should (and should not) expect from Paris.

Indigenous People Build Fund for Direct Access to Climate Finance, Push for More Active Role in Proceedings

Forest Trends | Posted 06.25.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Hundreds of millions of dollars in climate finance have been pledged to helping indigenous people manage their territories, but all of that money now flows through intermediaries. Here's how the Amazon's largest federation of indigenous organizations aims to change that.

The Tanker Has Turned

Aron Cramer | Posted 05.29.2015 | Green
Aron Cramer

I am optimistic that we can still get on course for a 2°C future. It won't be easy, but the discussions last week in Paris provide many reasons to believe this transformation is underway -- and gaining steam.

A Strong Beginning Makes Way for Improved Results: Equality in Climate Finance Mechanisms

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Climate change is happening now and it's happening globally--it affects everyone everywhere. However, climate change will not affect everyone equally.

Global Wave of New Coal Plants Is Going Bust, New Report Finds

Mary Anne Hitt | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
Mary Anne Hitt

Since 2010, for every coal plant completed worldwide, two proposed coal plants have been shelved or cancelled.

No Need to Sacrifice the Planet's Arteries to Save Her Lungs

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.22.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The People's Climate March will hopefully set some official pants on fire and speed up the capitalization of the new fund. At the same time, we need to be vigilant that the powers that be don't abuse the GCF as honey pots from which they can fund business-as-usual or outright destructive projects.

While We March For The Climate, Governments Meet With Polluters

Janet Redman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Janet Redman

Our leaders aren't just dithering at the edges while the planet burns -- they're actively inviting the very companies that are causing this crisis to help fix it.

World's Philanthropists and Foundations, Use Your Financial Power Against Global Warming

Jeremy Leggett | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Jeremy Leggett

In the largest and most international declaration ever published by environmentalists, 160 leaders from 46 countries have called on the world's foundations and philanthropists to use investments worth hundreds billions of dollars to turn the tide on global warming.

Protecting and Growing Forests to Save the Climate -- a Business Opportunity for Latin America?

Renat Heuberger | Posted 06.01.2014 | Green
Renat Heuberger

The start of this year's World Economic Forum on Latin America in Panama coincides with a landmark in the research on climate change: More than 2000 s...

Fighting for the Soul of Climate Finance

Brandon Wu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Brandon Wu

As UN climate talks kick off in Poland this week, arguments about money are likely to take center stage. But this year's twist to a familiar tale is a strategic shift by rich countries to a more fundamental, and troublesome, debate about what even counts as "climate finance."

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due: U.S. Government Funds for Climate Change Adaptation

Kathleen Mogelgaard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Mogelgaard

As it stands now, the U.S. government is taking credit for climate adaptation in its development programs, but how much credit is actually due?

Electrifying Africa... But at What Cost to Africans?

Janet Redman | Posted 11.17.2013 | Green
Janet Redman

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

Where's the Money? The Elephant in the Boardroom

Brandon Wu | Posted 08.25.2013 | Green
Brandon Wu

These design aspects of the GCF are crucial, and the Board must get them right in order to ensure that the GCF benefits the world's most vulnerable in a sustainable and inclusive manner. But a larger question looms over the whole affair. Where is the money?

Wall Street's Climate Finance Bonanza

Janet Redman | Posted 06.17.2013 | DC
Janet Redman

Governments in the developed world shouldn't pass the buck to the private sector. They must act now.

Top Three International Climate Actions We Urge of Secretary Kerry

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.08.2013 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Today, 60 leading environmental, conservation, development and faith-based organizations urged Secretary Kerry to emphasize the severity of the threat of climate change and spur bold and immediate action.

World Bank Doesn't Belong at the Green Climate Fund's Drawing Table

Janet Redman | Posted 06.07.2011 | Green
Janet Redman

The Green Climate Fund should remain fully independent from the World Bank. Its design committee should engage experts from UN agencies and all regions of the world.

Planning for Failure: Will the Cancun Conference Be Copenhagen Redux?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

With the UN's Cancun Climate Conference due to kick off at the end of November, environmental ministers and climate change negotiators have been very busy the past few weeks.

Tianjin Climate Talks Recap: Little Progress on the Policies

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The six-day Tianjin climate talks, which concluded this weekend, made so little progress that some diplomats openly wondered whether continuing the UNFCCC process was even politically worthwhile.

China: Unwilling to Play the Climate Negotiation Game

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Although China and Japan are deeply connected trading partners, the Asian giants sit on opposite sides of the climate debate. In spite of their differences, the two countries have a history of climate cooperation.

Fires, Flooding, and Climate Finance: Is there enough fast-start funding?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The World Resources Institute recently released updated estimates of the "fast-start" climate mitigation and adaption commitments rich nations made to...

How to Hold the Rich to Their Word

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeffrey Sachs

The entire world will gain enormously from the resulting predictability, fairness and follow-through of climate and development financing that we urgently need.

Prospects For A Real Deal In Copenhagen Look Bleak

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

UPDATE: On Thursday morning, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared at the climate summit and announced that the United States would contribute t...

Obama In Copenhagen: No Final Climate Deal To Present To World Leaders

AP | JENNIFER LOVEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

From The AP: COPENHAGEN — A clearly frustrated President Barack Obama displayed impatience Friday with world leaders' failure to reach a new cl...

President Obama Must Take the Lead on Climate Finance

Nancy E. Soderberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Nancy E. Soderberg

The developed world -- responsible for both today's financial as well as climate crisis -- must help pay the costs for the developing world to do the right thing.

Hillary Clinton In Copenhagen: US Ready To Join $100 Billion Climate Finance Deal

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

COPENHAGEN — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has announced that the United States is prepared to join other rich countries in raising $1...