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Can the Paris Agreement be Implemented?

Frank Rijsberman | Posted 11.10.2016 | Green
Frank Rijsberman

That a global climate deal was struck in Paris late last year at UNFCCC COP21 was a big surprise to me. The agreement was not as strong as climate adv...

Sustainable Infrastructure for Better Growth, Better Climate and Better Lives

Frank Rijsberman | Posted 10.20.2016 | Green
Frank Rijsberman

At GGGI we believe that attracting increased investment to sustainable infrastructure is essential for green growth. It is a central discussion topic ...

Finance, Renewable Energy And Social Inclusion Are Key To A Sustainable Future

Yvo de Boer | Posted 08.04.2016 | Green
Yvo de Boer

When opening the Climate Summit in Copenhagen, I quote one of my favorite Guyanese creole sayings: wan wan dutty build dam. Put differently, every house must sit on solid foundations and we build it one brick at a time.

Securing Green Finance for Developing Countries

Yvo de Boer | Posted 12.21.2016 | Green
Yvo de Boer

The Paris climate change conference was a great success for the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) in many ways, bringing new opportunities going fo...

A Step Ahead and a Way Forward to Green, Inclusive and Smart Growth

Yvo de Boer | Posted 11.12.2016 | Green
Yvo de Boer

The time when developing countries thought of sustainability as something only the North needed and could afford to worry about is well behind us. A number of trends are driving this.

Preempting a Misleading Argument: Why Environmental Problems Will Stop Tracking with GDP

Brian Czech | Posted 05.12.2016 | Green
Brian Czech

I hate to say I told you so, and could be too dead to do so, so I'll tell you in advance: One decade soon, environmental problems will stop tracking with GDP.

Naomi Klein's Own Form of Climate Change Denial: Blame Capitalism

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.28.2015 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Having thus alienated mainstream readers -- exactly the people the climate change movement most urgently needs to reach out to and bring on board -- Naomi Klein's book then goes on to block meaningful debate among the already converted.

China's National Coal Cap Policy Could Save Nearly 50,000 Lives and $6.2 Billion Every Year by 2020

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

The health, economic and job benefits of capping coal consumption by greatly expanding renewable energy and energy efficiency are clear, and China is currently making strong efforts to speed up its clean energy transition.

Growth vs. Emissions Cuts: A False Dilemma

Yvo de Boer | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Yvo de Boer

We must stop believing in the false choice between growth and cutting emissions. We must focus on the economic opportunities presented by adopting green energy technologies.

Paul Krugman on Limits to Growth: Beware the Bathwater

Brian Czech | Posted 12.15.2014 | Green
Brian Czech

Take Krugman's opinion on limits to growth at your peril, and that of your grandkids.

Lean In: The Prize for Bigger Action On Climate Change is Prosperity for All

Niall Dunne | Posted 11.20.2014 | Green
Niall Dunne

Above all, it is clarity, not complexity, that companies need -- which is why in addition to putting a price on carbon, BT supports a carbon labelling scheme for electricity, as one solution that would reward businesses for using low carbon and renewable energy.

A Message to World Leaders at the UN Climate Summit: Green Growth Isn't Just Possible -- It's Profitable

Bracken Hendricks | Posted 11.18.2014 | Green
Bracken Hendricks

Working from the administration-supported climate goal of 40 percent GHG emissions reduction from 2005 levels by 2035, we determined the fuel mix and level of public and private investment needed to reach that goal.

Rethinking Emissions Reduction

David Hone | Posted 11.05.2014 | Green
David Hone

Since the industrial age began some 250 years ago, roughly 580 billion tons of fossil-fuel and land-fixed carbon -- more than two trillion tons of carbon dioxide -- have been released into the atmosphere, leading to a shift in the global heat balance and a likely 1°C increase in surface temperature. At the current rate, a trillion tons of carbon, or some 2°C of warming, could be reached as early as 2040.

Outcomes from the Doha UN Climate Meeting: What You Need to Know for 2013

Thomas Kerr | Posted 03.04.2013 | Green
Thomas Kerr

December 8 saw the completion of this year's meeting of over 190 nations that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Don't Look Now, But... Can Jerry Brown Actually Pull Off a Prop 30 Win?

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

I've predicted that Prop 30 -- the California initiative to temporarily raise taxes on the rich, along with a quarter-cent sales tax hike, to stave off big education cuts and stabilize the state budget -- will lose. Sometimes I like being wrong. This would definitely be one of those times.

Green Business at Davos

Dominic Waughray | Posted 03.19.2012 | Business
Dominic Waughray

At Davos this year, we want to launch a transformation to bring the energy and ingenuity of industry to bear on addressing the urgent problem of climate change.

Green Growth: Buzz Word or a New Sustainable Economy?

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

A new study on green growth by researchers at UC Berkeley concludes that that green growth is possible. In fact, evidence show that green strategies can drive growth.

I Told You So: Clean Energy and Economic Growth

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

The time has come to revisit my earlier pleas to promote clean energy as an engine of sustainable growth. The United States should rightfully lead this charge to secure out national interests.

Smart Growth: Three Simple Steps to Help the Economy and the Planet

Bill Shireman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Bill Shireman

Taxes aren't just too high, they're too dumb. Whenever we put a tax on something, we get less of it. Yet, incomprehensibly, we continue to tax the things we want more of.

Ban Ki-moon: We Need A Green New Deal

The Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Together, we face two crises: climate change and the global economy. But these crises present us with a great opportunity - an opportunity to address ...