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Paris Agreement--A Good Foundation for Meaningful Progress

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.02.2016 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Paris Agreement provides an important new foundation for meaningful progress on climate change, and represents a dramatic departure from the past 20 years of international climate negotiations.

The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Earth Day: The Face of Climate Change

Keith Peterman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Keith Peterman

For now, Qatar, like many Arab countries, reclaims water from the saline seas. This process requires energy, and a lot of it. They can do this because their vast petroleum reserves provide the needed energy to desalinate the water -- for now. What about the future?

A Challenge for Climate Negotiators, and an Opportunity for Scholars

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The negotiating teams are now tasked under the Durban Platform with identifying a new comprehensive policy architecture. The negotiators are therefore hungry for new ideas, in particular for outside-the-box thinking.

If the Durban Platform Opened a Window, Will India and China Close It?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Whether or not the submissions by China and India are part of a diplomatic dance or represent a real step backward from their positions in Durban, the fact remains that the Durban Platform, by replacing the Berlin Mandate, has opened an important window.

Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of ...

Canada's Step Away From the Kyoto Protocol Can Be a Constructive Step Forward

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.11.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

The international community may have begun to recognize that incremental steps in the right direction are better than acrimonious debates over unachievable targets

Backroom Deal? Again? Bolivia Takes a Stance

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It's crunch time. There are two days left for government leaders and their representatives to come to an agreement. Can they make progress? Can they find solutions?

Weekly Mulch: If Cancun Climate Talks Falter, Blame the U.S.

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The most recent round of United Nations-led climate change negotiations began this week in Cancun, and alt...

Are You Resilient? If So, Encourage Psychological and Social Resilience Wherever You Can

Sanjay Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sanjay Khanna

What kind of person would you need to become, what kind of community would you need to be a part of, and what kind of process would it take to be able to experience a twenty-first century of increasing unpredictability and loss?

Copenhagen Accord Falling Flat -- Well Not Even That

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The Copenhagen Accord's discord continues. Studies are surfacing that even if all the nations meet their pledges, the effect on global emissions will be far too small to achieve the stated objective.

BREAKING: LEAKED Final Draft of Copenhagen Treaty Declaration

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Unless leaders sit down at the table, roll up their sleeves and get down to business, this leaked draft text will probably closely resemble the final deal here in Copenhagen.

Monckton Lies To AP, Denies He Called Clean Energy Advocates "Hitler Youth"

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Despite video evidence, Christopher Monckton stated in an interview yesterday with Associated Press: "It was not I who called them Hitler Youth. It wa...

Climate Deal For Copenhagen: Time Is Running Out

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BARCELONA, Spain — As China's actions to curb gas emissions garnered praise at U.N. climate talks, the United States came under renewed pressure...

Can Climate Action Resuscitate Tropical Forests?

Janet Ranganathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ranganathan

For decades, environmentalists have described shrinking forests as the planet's "green lungs." But can pumping money into forests save the climate? Can climate protection measures preserve forests?

Danish Police Tear Gasses Naomi Klein Event

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Blogger Cory Morning Star is reporting that international best-selling author and columnist Naomi Klein was speaking at an event in Copenhagen last ni...

Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest: Meet The First Candidates

Huffington Post | Matthew Palevsky/Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

UPDATE: We have a winner. With nearly 2,000 votes, some notable endorsements and an inspiring story, David Kroodsma won over the judges and is our Ho...

Slacktivism Strikes Back

Andrew Sniderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Sniderman

The activists inside the UN climate change summit are relatively few -- a robust fence and police cordon keep the majority of the tree-hugging hordes at bay -- but they put on a good show.

COP15: What's At Stake In Copenhagen In Under 5 Minutes

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

First of all, COP15 doesn't refer to COPenhagen. It stands for Conference of the Parties, which is the highest body of the UN Framework Convention on ...

Breaking: Leaked Climate Talks Text Makes Disturbing Conclusion

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

In layman's terms, the leaked document means that if the developed nations don't commit to deeper emissions cuts, we're screwed.

Small Islands Discover their Power in Copenhagen

Anuradha Vittachi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anuradha Vittachi

The UN's Copenhagen climate conference has suddenly become a thrilling place to be. It's the small islands that are making waves here - islands so small that they will drown if action is not taken.

Why I'm Joining The Hopenhagen Movement

Laurie David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laurie David

I'm joining Hopenhagen because everything I love and care about is at stake. I do not want the day to come when my daughters ask us why we did not do more.

Scenes From Copenhagen's Street Protests (Part I)

Andrew Sniderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sniderman

I joined hundreds of protesters about a mile away from the UN's climate negotiations. Their plan was to storm the talks, 6,000 police officers notwithstanding, and set up a "people's assembly" to discuss solutions to climate change.

Canadian Climate Plan: All Public Relations; No Policy

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

Canada is not passing laws to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It is not setting science-based targets, and it's not financing renewable energy.

What do the Arctic, a Thermostat and COP15 Have in Common?

Philippe Cousteau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philippe Cousteau

The year was 1972 and my father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., was filming another episode of the famed series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.