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Turning Point: A Year of Action in the Fight Against Climate Change

David Doniger | Posted 12.22.2015 | Green
David Doniger

2015 was hot. 2015 was also the year the world decided to beat the heat. This year is on track to be the hottest on record world-wide. Temperatures will reach the 70s on Christmas day in the Nation's Capital.

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: Personal Reflections on a Turning Point Day

David Doniger | Posted 12.13.2015 | Green
David Doniger

Today, leaders in Paris reached a landmark agreement that commits at least 186 countries, big and small, to start curbing the carbon pollution that drives dangerous climate change. It's a big turning point. It's been a long time coming.

What Goes Up Is Going Down: More on China's Coal Consumption

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 11.23.2015 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

New analyses by the International Energy Agency, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) and other experts confirm what I explained in my last blog: that China's revised historical coal consumption figures for 2000-2012, while significant in absolute terms, will not affect long term trends or impact the upcoming climate negotiations.

Next Step on Road to Climate Agreement in Paris Wraps Up in Geneva

Jake Schmidt | Posted 04.15.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Countries leave here with a sense of the various options for a new agreement in Paris and some greater clarity on how each country is preparing for their specific commitments that will be captured in this agreement. It will be a difficult negotiation, but some signs emerged this week on the potential shape of the agreement.

Europe Takes First Step Towards Paris Agreement: Commits to Next Round of Emissions Cuts

Jake Schmidt | Posted 12.24.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December.

Key Actions to Deliver on Secretary Kerry's New Climate Policy Directive

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.12.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Secretary Kerry has just issued his first "Policy Directive" as U.S. secretary of state. This new directive outlines that climate change is a central issue for the State Department and directs an "all hands on deck" approach to this issue.

Warsaw to World Leaders: You Have Your Work Cut Out for You

Jake Schmidt | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Jake Schmidt

There is already ample evidence that humanity isn't acting quickly enough to address climate change. The need for greater action in 2015 is obvious. And there are plenty of reasons to believe that countries can get their act together by then.