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A Ray of Light in China? EPA Administrator Attempts to Defuse Climate Standoff

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The climate talks in Tianjin last week did very little to improve the prospects for a binding international treaty, which would reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are warming the globe.

Tianjin Climate Talks Recap: Little Progress on the Policies

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The six-day Tianjin climate talks, which concluded this weekend, made so little progress that some diplomats openly wondered whether continuing the UNFCCC process was even politically worthwhile.

What Is the Brazilian Brand?

Nikolas Kozloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nikolas Kozloff

I arrived at Brazil's PR firm's fancy upstairs offices where a company rep provided me with a glossy green booklet showcasing Brazil's many economic accomplishments.

See beyond the blaming game

Xiu Min Li | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Xiu Min Li

Half way through the climate negotiation here in Tianjin, China and the U.S. are once again caught in heavy bickering and finger-pointing. Both have m...

Privatizing Climate Protection: A New Approach to Fighting Global Warming

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Crafting comprehensive carbon emissions laws is maddeningly difficult. Addressing the threat of climate change cannot wait for politicians to agree on all the regulatory details.

China: Unwilling to Play the Climate Negotiation Game

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Although China and Japan are deeply connected trading partners, the Asian giants sit on opposite sides of the climate debate. In spite of their differences, the two countries have a history of climate cooperation.

Fires, Flooding, and Climate Finance: Is there enough fast-start funding?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The World Resources Institute recently released updated estimates of the "fast-start" climate mitigation and adaption commitments rich nations made to...

Kyoto's Carbon Offsetting Moves from Tragedy to Farce

Patrick McCully | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick McCully

The Kyoto Protocol's Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has long been known to be a honey pot of carbon credit income for cheating project developers. ...

Mexico's Climate Gamble: Can It Salvage the Cancun Summit?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Mexico's efforts to keep developing nations happy may end up pleasing no one. Its quest for an inclusive summit risks further inflaming old debates on fundamental issues

A Party-Driven Process: Kyoto Protocol? Copenhagen Accord?

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tina Gerhardt

Bonn, Germany -- Already at the last UNFCCC meeting in June, the majority of nations -- aside from airing their grievances over how the negotiating pr...

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.

Mitigation: The Wrong Way to Look at Green Innovation

Marc Stoiber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Marc Stoiber

I had the good fortune to sit down with Guy Dauncey this week. Dauncey is an author and speaker on climate change, and always has great insights into the sociological side of sustainability.

DK Matai | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
DK Matai

Editor's Note: This post has been removed from the Huffington Post....

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.

Greening the Blue

Kiyotaka Akasaka | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Kiyotaka Akasaka

This year, the UN is launching a new public web site that records the carbon footprint of just about every UN agency. The first step in solving a problem is figuring out its true scope and being transparent about it.

Aggressive New GHG Reduction Commitment by University of BC, Canada

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

In British Columbia, there's a strong appetite for sustainability. While others still gripe about the Kyoto Protocol targets as if they are unreachable, UBC met them in five years ahead of schedule, in 2007.

SmartRegs Gets Its Legs, Takes Some Heat

P.J. Nutting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
P.J. Nutting

The Boulder City Council began its first reading of the much-discussed SmartRegs proposal at their meeting on May 18.

Remaking the Global Climate Framework

Teryn Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Teryn Norris

Asian governments are the ones beginning to move forward with serious technology policies, investing massive amounts in clean-tech development and deployment while the U.S. falls behind.

Do Not Doubt a Role For the UN in Climate Change

Farah Faisal Thaler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Farah Faisal Thaler

Despite a barrage of criticism toward the UN following the Copenhagen conference, sidelining the world body and overlooking its numerous strengths would be short-sighted.

How to Make the Fate of the Planet Boring

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

If energy and climate change are the great challenges facing the human race, why are leaders who should be telling us what our options are talking like a bunch of bean counters?

Todd Stern Says No Treaty at Copenhagen

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Special U.S. Envoy on Climate Change Todd Stern yesterday arrived at the United Nations Foundation meeting on Climate Change, a big jet-lagged, and we...

Copenhagen Now; Inhofe Is The Fourth Horsemen

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

President Obama must do more than merely acknowledge the science; his administration must ensure that a legally binding agreement to reduce carbon emissions is reached in Copenhagen.

Climategate Is a Smokescreen

Devra Davis, Ph.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Devra Davis, Ph.D.

Amidst the stolen email hoopla, one thing remains resoundingly clear: the manufactured scandal is part of a decades-long effort by special interests to discredit the work of climate scientists.

Ending the "Hopenhagen" Dream

Jasmeet Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jasmeet Sidhu

It's halfway through the conference, negotiations have barely moved an inch, and climate advocates are enraged at the lack of progress. How and why did we lose the dream of Hopenhagen?

Cap And Trade Should Go The Way Of The DoDo Before We Do

Daphne Wysham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Daphne Wysham

Carbon offsets are attractive to polluters because they're cheaper than cuts. But they'll open up a new market in carbon, open to gaming, corruption, and the creation of a "carbon bubble."