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Your iPhone Causes China's Pollution

Frank Ackerman | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Frank Ackerman

The apparent progress on emission reductions in rich countries has occurred at a time of widespread outsourcing of manufacturing to China and other developing countries. In the process, we have effectively outsourced our carbon emissions as well. If consumers are responsible for the emissions from making the consumer goods they buy, then we have not solved the problem.

Kate Sheppard

Snowden Docs: U.S. Spied On Negotiators At 2009 Climate Summit | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency monitored the communications of other governments ahead of and during the 2009 United Nations climate negot...

UN General Assembly President John Ashe on Climate Change: The Need to Act Fast and Collectively

Lia Petridis Maiello | Posted 03.25.2014 | Green
Lia Petridis Maiello

The sitting president of the 68th United Nations General Assembly John Ashe, a trained bioengineer from the Caribbean islands Antigua and Barbuda, has for a long time dedicated his energy and expertise to the causes of climate change and sustainability.

Kate Sheppard

House Republicans Pick Climate Skeptic To Head Environment Subcommittee | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans selected Rep. David Schweikert (R-Ariz.), who is on the record questioning whether humans are causing climate change, ...

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.

The Industrial Age Must End

Billy Mason | Posted 03.05.2014 | Hawaii
Billy Mason

Proclaiming that the industrial age must end is a surefire way to invoke a relentless pounding of rhetoric from pro-growth conservatives like the unforgiving waves of a tsunami. What I am proposing is not to end industrial and commercial development, but rather a transition to an age of sustainability by redefining humanity's definition of success.

On Climate Treaty, Obama's Problem Is Not Legal

Kyle Ash | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Kyle Ash

I'm not asking Obama to be as brave as the Arctic 30. But if Obama had truly internalized what he says in his climate speeches, I believe he would be activist about his legal abilities to do something about it.

Australia Won't Be Missed

The Verb | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
The Verb

NGOs across the country have been vocal about their disappointment in the Australian government. Yet, given Australia's reluctance to be ambitious at previous negotiations, the real question is - will we even be missed?

United States Urges Flexibility In New Global Climate Deal

Reuters | Posted 12.22.2013 | Green

By Nina Chestney and Valerie Volcovici LONDON, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The United States called on Tuesday for a more flexible approach to ...

The Most Important Climate Pacts You've Never Heard Of

Posted 09.14.2013 | Green

From Climate Central's Andrew Freedman: With global efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions stalled, cutting short-lived climate pollutants has ...

A Carbon-Neutral City?

The Boulder Daily Camera | Erica Meltzer | Posted 09.27.2013 | Denver

Boulder is setting its sights on carbon neutrality -- or, barring that, 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions -- by 2050, even though the city hasn't b...

The Climate Post: Arctic Experiencing More Than Just Melt

Tim Profeta | Posted 07.10.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

Increasing carbon dioxide emissions and freshwater runoff challenge the ocean's ability to neutralize acidification -- an imbalance caused by absorption of the greenhouse gas from the air.

Goodbye Kyoto, We Hardly Knew You

Kenneth P. Green | Posted 03.04.2013 | Politics
Kenneth P. Green

2013 could well see the year that the UN's lock on international climate policy is broken, potentially allowing for other unilateral or multilateral arrangements to take their place.

The Climate Post: Weaker Kyoto Protocol Extended at International Climate Negotiations

Tim Profeta | Posted 02.18.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

The outcome of the conference in Doha was widely criticized, but some offered glimpses of hope.

The Cliffs We Aren't Falling From (and One From Which We Are)

William Bradley | Posted 02.14.2013 | World
William Bradley

As the Obama Administration works to "re-balance" the nation's strategic focus, there are several crises which seemed to approach metaphorical cliffs all their own.

COP18 Failed to Turn Down the Heat

Bianca Jagger | Posted 02.10.2013 | Green
Bianca Jagger

COP18 demonstrated that we can no longer put our faith in politicians to make the tough decisions we need to avert catastrophic climate change. They have ignored the greatest challenge we face in the world today.

The Climate Post: Scientific Papers Share Lessons Learned From the BP Oil Spill

Tim Profeta | Posted 12.10.2012 | Green
Tim Profeta

A collection of papers out in PNAS looks at the response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, examining whether it was successful and how it could be improved. The release of the reports comes just days after the EPA suspended BP from obtaining new U.S. contracts.

Why Making It in America Is Climate Smart

Carl Pope | Posted 02.09.2013 | Green
Carl Pope

If we decide that the steel we use in our cars and bridges and buildings is going to be American steel, we will care a lot about how much pollution it generates. If we import it from Korea, we are going to focus more on the price.

The Metaphors of Doha

Aaron Gray-Block | Posted 02.06.2013 | Green
Aaron Gray-Block

The world's media has been plumbing the depths of the thesaurus to report on the growing despondence in and around the UN climate talks in Doha, testing the limits of their vocabulary as the world's leaders test the planet's patience.

UN Climate Talks: Endless Treadmill, Without The Health Benefits

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.05.2013 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

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.

U.N. Climate Conference Looks To Resolve Disputes In Final Week

Reuters | Posted 02.02.2013 | Green

Dec 3 (Reuters) - Almost 200 nations are meeting in Doha until Dec. 7 to try to extend struggling U.N.-led efforts to slow global warming to avert e...

The Climate Post: Sandy Surfaces, Kyoto at Stake in UN Climate Talks

Tim Profeta | Posted 01.30.2013 | Green
Tim Profeta

Last week, the World Bank issued a report suggesting that a temperature rise of more than 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) by 2100 could cause widespread crop failures, malnutrition and significant sea-level rise.

A 4 Degrees Celsius Rise?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 01.26.2013 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

The warmest July in the Mediterranean will be around 9 degrees warmer than it is today, making it as hot as parts of the Libyan desert. And, water scarcity and devastated crop yields will exacerbate global hunger, making the food riots of 2008 seem quite tame indeed.

Cap-and-Trade, Carbon Taxes, and My Neighbor's Lovely Lawn

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.15.2013 | Green
Robert Stavins

In 1998 and for the subsequent eight years or so, I remained agnostic regarding what I viewed as the trade-offs between cap-and-trade and carbon taxes. What happened to change that? Three words: The Hamilton Project.

World's Only Climate Treaty That Knows What the F**k It's Doing Turns 25

Dan Worth | Posted 11.26.2012 | Green
Dan Worth

While Kyoto has become infamous for its modest record of squabbling at the edges of climate change, the Montreal Protocol has quietly solved five to ten times more of the climate problem than little brother.