Twenty years of climate talks have been plagued by discord and acrimony as nations squabbled over who should bear the brunt of cuts. But, if Obama can make these new rules a reality, he will have real clout and bargaining power heading into Paris next year.
The first week of any of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP, for sure) is always a whirlwind, as delegates, campaigners, and media alike shake off their jet lag and try to find their way around a new, always-perplexing venue.
Cameras clicked and whirred as Yeb Sano, the soft-spoken lead negotiator from the Philippines stood before the world's media at the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw this afternoon.
Thousands of people from around the world took the streets outside the UN Climate Talks in Warsaw today to demand climate justice.
As I sit inside the negotiating chambers of the climate talks in Warsaw, I am watching yet again a huge potential solution to climate concerns being neglected.
The timing is tragically ironic. As Super Typhoon Haiyan smashes into the Philippines, negotiators from around the world are beginning to arrive in Warsaw, Poland for the latest installment of the United Nations Climate Talks.
Women are more vulnerable to climate impacts due to their unequal position in society. But with their unique knowledge and perspectives, women hold the keys to adaptation strategies and are critical to implementing mitigation plans at the grassroots level.
With so much at stake, it's easy to see how the Keystone pipeline has come to represent such an emotive issue in the fight against climate change. In the words of climate scientist Jason Box: "If Obama authorizes this pipeline, it will prove that the power of oil is greater than the power of reason."
Only time will tell how much of Obama's vision can translate into reality as it will invariably be met by a string of legal and political challenges. As Van Jones points out: "It's going to take two years to produce the rules and then probably five years to litigate it so that is a big chunk of time."
Virtually no one should be surprised to learn that climate talks currently underway in Bonn, Germany -- the latest venue for the decades-old and largely fruitless pursuit of international agreement on global warming action -- are descending into chaos.
Climate change is starting to wreak damages across the world, showing us vividly that our failure to act has consequences. This damage will only get worse if we fail to do even more to reduce climate pollution.
The Senate confirmed Senator John Kerry as the next Secretary of State. Senator Kerry understands that the impacts of climate change are severe and th...
Global climate negotiations in Doha are nearing their conclusion and the talks are, as ever, beset by myriad divisions between rich nations and poor ones, between established economies and up-and-comers, and between, well, the United States and just about everyone else.
"Energy is available in abundance and we have all the technologies -- proven and ready to be rolled out -- that we need to harness it."
We can no longer tolerate a situation in which the United States and China portray themselves as opponents but actually provide each other with the rationale to pursue their environmentally destabilizing trajectories.