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Cop 17

Daily Life During COP 17

Sam Wolson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Sam Wolson


Best Book of 2011: Kivalina: A Climate Change Story

Jeff Biggers | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home
Jeff Biggers

Christine Shearer's extraordinary chronicle of a native Alaskan village's demise and inevitable relocation due to climate changes ranks as one of the most timely and important books to be published in 2011.

When Is a Deal Not a Deal: COP 17 and Climate Change

Doug Noll | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Doug Noll

The diplomatic community is publicly patting itself on the back for the "deal" in Durban. The problem is, as any first year American law student could tell you, there is no "deal." What there is is a promise to make a promise.

Breakthrough at Climate Talks... But Why on Earth Has It Taken So Long?

Jonathan Wootliff | Posted 02.10.2012 | Green
Jonathan Wootliff

Furnished with an increasing body of irrefutable information, it's more than understandable why Durban-born, 24-year-old Priscilla wonders why our governments are still struggling to find a political solution to the climate challenge.

Tom Zeller Jr.

Durban: Saving the Planet or Saving Face? | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 12.11.2011 | Green

The official theme of the recently concluded United Nations climate conference in Durban, South Africa -- the 17th such meeting since national governm...

Rick Perry And The South African Rain Queen

Pam Grout | Posted 02.10.2012 | Travel
Pam Grout

My encounter with the Rain Queen of South Africa may just have shed some light on Rick Perry's bizarre views about global warming.

Good News From Durban

Jonathan Wootliff | Posted 02.05.2012 | Green
Jonathan Wootliff

In spite of the treacherously slow pace of these negations, and the ever-present danger that the whole process might collapse, there are more attractive snapshots to convey from this littoral city than just its beautiful beaches.

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 ...

Climate Change: Learning the Lessons of the Past 50 Years

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Stephen P. Groff

One of the first lessons we draw from the past 50 years is that greater volumes of development finance do not automatically translate into better development results.

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

UN Climate Negotiations: EU Ramps Up Renewables and Addresses Aviation Emissions

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

International aviation emissions grew by 66% between 1990 and 2005. They form one of the fastest growing sources of emissions. Yet they are currently excluded from the Kyoto Protocol.

Plugging the Black Hole Afflicting the UN Climate Talks (and Everything Else)

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

After the massive buildup and colossal letdown around last year's landmark global climate talks in Copenhagen it can be tough to see the promise in th...

Mind the Gap: Gearing up for Cancún and the COP 16

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tina Gerhardt

The UNFCCC organizing meeting kicked off in Bonn, Germany as representatives from the 178 governments gathered to hammer out differences and draw up a draft text in preparation for the COP 16.

We Need an Umpire: From UNFCCC Climate Negotiations to the World Cup

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

At the end of the two-week climate change negotiations in Bonn, nation groups stood up and expressed their frustration with the 22-page draft text put forward.