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Climate Negotiations

Behind The Scenes At The Paris Climate Conference: A Personal View From COP21

Doreen Walton | Posted 12.19.2016 | Green
Doreen Walton

It was early evening on Saturday, the final day of the COP21 Paris conference. We'd been expecting an official announcement for hours. Delegates mille...

Should Chevron and Shell Pay for Climate Damage?

Renee Karunungan | Posted 10.23.2016 | Impact
Renee Karunungan

Developing countries lose more and are damaged more. This is why developing countries have been continuously, tirelessly fighting for loss and damage in the climate negotiations. Meanwhile, developed countries like the United States, those who have caused the climate change we know today, have only evaded the topic.

The White House Is Ramping Up Its Focus On Securing Paris Climate Deal

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the clock winds down, the Obama administration is artfully pushing its message on the Paris climate change negotiations, doing all th...

Looking Ahead to Paris, Leading Climate Activists Gather in California to Share Strategies and Inspiration

John J. Berger | Posted 10.20.2016 | Green
John J. Berger

Encouraged by legislative and administrative victories in rolling back greenhouse gas emissions in California and by a sense that the climate protection movement is gaining momentum, activists are upbeat in advance of the forthcoming Paris climate talks this December.

#KeepUsInTheRoom: Civil Society Locked Out From Climate Negotiations

Renee Karunungan | Posted 10.21.2016 | Green
Renee Karunungan

A protest happened early Wednesday morning, the third day of the climate negotiations in Bonn, after civil society faced a lock out from the climate negotiations on Tuesday. Protesters were blindfolded holding letters that spelled out #KeepUsInTheRoom as negotiators and delegates went inside the conference center.

US-China Bilateral Climate Agreement--Troubling Aspects

John J. Berger | Posted 03.11.2015 | Home
John J. Berger

The U.S.-China accord has glaring shortcomings that illustrate the perils of voluntary pledges, each nation operating in its own autonomous emissions bubble and on its own schedule, impervious to any absolute global emission and temperature limit.

Why Voluntary Pledges Won't Save the Climate

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Green
John J. Berger

Global GHG emissions are rising ever more rapidly today, and carbon dioxide concentrations are already at their highest levels in millions of years, far above any ever encountered in human history.

The Turbulent Lima Climate Talks: Voluntarism Won't Save the Climate

John J. Berger | Posted 03.14.2015 | Home
John J. Berger

The turbulent UN global climate talks that ended last December 14th in Lima, Peru without setting firm global GHG emissions limitations left the future of the world's climate in limbo.

Lima Climate Negotiations Ignore the Largest Energy Issue Facing Developing Countries: Access

Gemma Hume | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Gemma Hume

Millions more who become sick with perfectly treatable conditions have no hope of recovery because their hospitals don't have access to electricity. There are no incubators, no life-saving equipment and no refrigeration to store essential vaccines.

Kate Sheppard

Obama To Commit $3 Billion For Climate Aid | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion this weekend to an international fund that helps developing countries address climate c...

UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning

Frances Beinecke | Posted 11.17.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Even as other countries move forward, the US must continue to lead. The US is the second largest carbon emitter in the world and the largest overall contributor to the climate crisis. We have an obligation to take bold steps to reduce our own carbon pollution.

Kate Sheppard

State Dept. Denies Seeking Alternative To Climate Treaty, But Has Been Doing So Since 2009 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Obama administration is planning to make an end run around the Senate in order to get an ...

China Says Climate Deal Hinges On Aid To Emerging Economies

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2014 | Home

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent BONN, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) - China led calls by emerging economies on Friday for the ...

China Pollutes More... But Is That an Excuse for Inaction?

Lucy Emerson-Bell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Lucy Emerson-Bell

The U.S. doesn't only receive goods manufactured in China -- we receive the pollution associated with those goods as well. It's not just their problem. It is our problem as well.

Geoengineering The Sky is Not 'Normal'

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

If global agreement on addressing climate change cannot be achieved, how can we possibly expect any global consensus on "technomanagement" of the atmosphere where the risks of serious negative consequences are so grave?

Philippines' Haiyan Tragedy: What Went Wrong?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Richard Javad Heydarian

For many critics, the state fell short of fulfilling its most fundamental responsibilities, since thousands of survivors, reports suggest, struggled with hunger, chaos, and disease days into Haiyan's landfall.

U.S. Prepares for Climate Disasters While Hitting the Brakes on the Climate Negotiations

Kelly Rigg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The last thing we need right now is "flexibility." What we need is for President Obama to live up to his inaugural promise made less than one year ago, to "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

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?

A Rare Step Forward on Climate Change

William S. Becker | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Since negotiations on global climate change began, it has been the case that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions could lead the world on the issue if they could agree with one another. They haven't gotten there yet, but they took a meaningful step on Saturday.

How the U.S. and China Are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

The new Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to China last week, is a remarkable document....

Finding Hope in the Final Hours of the Doha Climate Conference

Kelly Rigg | Posted 02.06.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

To be clear, we are still barreling down the highway to a dangerously warming world. But in the wee hours of the final night's negotiations I asked delegates whether they found any reason to be optimistic about the future as a result of their time in Doha.

Disturbing Signal That Bad U.S. Climate Stance Is About to Get Worse

Kelly Rigg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Many scientists and more than 100 governments argue that even a 2° rise in temperature is highly dangerous. Todd Stern, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, suggests that we abandon the 2° goal in favor of actions which are politically possible, whatever that means in the polarized context of the climate wars.

Durban Climate Talks -- What Happened?

Rebecca Anderson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Rebecca Anderson

The international climate negotiations have wrapped up in Durban, South Africa. I'm curious as to what percent of Americans even knew that these negotiations were happening.

Video Blog From Global Warming Negotiations in South Africa: It Always Seems Impossible, Until It's Done

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

This year the lanyards given out by the environmental groups have a famous Nelson Mandela quote that is quite fitting for the current state of play in...

Get It Done! Youth to UN on Internationally Binding Climate Treaty

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.