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Airlines' High-Flying Climate Pollution Threatens World's Poorest People

Vera Pardee | Posted 12.09.2016 | Green
Vera Pardee

As the Paris climate summit enters its final days, the aviation industry is working overtime to get its skyrocketing carbon pollution exempted from the international agreement aimed at averting global warming's worst dangers. Shipping companies are pulling the same trick.

What If Janet Yellen Joined Todd Stern in Paris?

Mike Sandler | Posted 10.05.2016 | Business
Mike Sandler

On December 11, the UN Climate Change conference in Paris (called COP-21) will be wrapping up, and the headlines will announce if the negotiators were able to agree to save the Earth or not. Todd Stern, the U.S. State Department's Special Envoy for Climate Change, will be leading the U.S. delegation at COP-21.

Todd Stern's Mission Impossible

William S. Becker | Posted 04.14.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

John Boehner must deal with tea partiers who voted against his reelection as Speaker of the House. Secretary of State John Kerry has to be jet-lagged and sleep-deprived as he commutes from one intractable world crisis to another. At the moment, however, no job in government is more challenging than the one that belongs to Todd Stern, America's chief climate negotiator.

COP20: Rounding the Turn on the Road to Paris

Carl Pope | Posted 02.14.2015 | Green
Carl Pope

A new and genuine, if inadequate, global climate architecture has been teed up for next year in Paris. But whether Paris serves as the foundation for steadily more ambitious climate progress or is the marker of the reality that that world will not break the back of fossil-fuel dominance is going to be determined by how the world community reacts to five new realities.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Climate Negotiator Says Optimism Is Rising As Lima Talks Approach | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– Buoyed by the recent United States-China climate deal, the top climate negotiator for the U.S. said Monday that he's optimistic headin...

Kate Sheppard

Obama To Tout U.S. Action On Climate At U.N. Summit | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The Obama administration plans to emphasize strongly its climate change efforts at next week's United Nations climate summit in New Yo...

Kate Sheppard

State Dept. Denies Seeking Alternative To Climate Treaty, But Has Been Doing So Since 2009 | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The New York Times reported Wednesday that the Obama administration is planning to make an end run around the Senate in order to get an ...

Can the U.S. & China Save the World From Climate Change?

Aiko Stevenson | Posted 06.30.2014 | Green
Aiko Stevenson

A clearer picture will emerge as the U.S. and China continue with their latest round of talks, and once heads of states gather in New York this September to hammer out a blue print for next year's Paris treaty.

John Kerry Finalizes Plans For Upcoming Asia Trip

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics

US Secretary of State John Kerry is fine-tuning plans for an upcoming trip to Asia which is set to focus partly on climate change, his spokeswoman sai...

COP 19 Warsaw Wrap-Up: Where Does a Global Climate Deal Stand?

Ben Jervey | Posted 01.31.2014 | Green
Ben Jervey

Negotiators running on 40 plus hours without sleep are huddling in the corners of the plenary halls, trying to come to agreement on language and terms for a text that will, everyone hopes, chart a course for how humanity will deal with this dire (for some countries, existential) threat. How all of the talk actually translates to a formal agreement can be confounding.

U.S. Prepares for Climate Disasters While Hitting the Brakes on the Climate Negotiations

Kelly Rigg | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The last thing we need right now is "flexibility." What we need is for President Obama to live up to his inaugural promise made less than one year ago, to "respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations."

Wall Street's Climate Finance Bonanza

Janet Redman | Posted 06.17.2013 | DC
Janet Redman

Governments in the developed world shouldn't pass the buck to the private sector. They must act now.

Disturbing Signal That Bad U.S. Climate Stance Is About to Get Worse

Kelly Rigg | Posted 10.07.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

Many scientists and more than 100 governments argue that even a 2° rise in temperature is highly dangerous. Todd Stern, the U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change, suggests that we abandon the 2° goal in favor of actions which are politically possible, whatever that means in the polarized context of the climate wars.

Get It Done! Youth to UN on Internationally Binding Climate Treaty

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

As the sun had risen in Durban, the Durban Platform was passed at the COP 17. Yet in a replay of Copenhagen two years ago, backroom texts emerged at the 11th hour and the process was thrown into disarray.

At Global Climate Talks, The U.S. and China Are Divided As Ever

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

The somewhat deflating reality surrounding the global climate talks in Durban, South Africa -- now hurtling toward another arguably empty conclusion -- is that success or failure is heavily contingent on the whims of just two countries: China and the United States. The two nations, after all, produce far more climate-warming gases than their nearest competitors, and their mutual, steely-eyed refusal to budge from their bedrock negotiating positions tends to render even the most conciliatory gestures among lesser polluters both quaint and meaningless.

What If Your President's Just Not That Into You?

Bill McKibben | Posted 06.15.2011 | Green
Bill McKibben

Those of us in the environmental movement aren't high school sophomores feeling jilted by their first crush. Most of us liked Obama a lot. But when the political going got a little tough, Obama didn't.

Curiouser and Curiouser: How the Hill Is Handling Being in the Hole

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with the words of Alice, "It would be so nice if something made sense." Alice, of course, was talking about the strang...

High Level Negotiations Kick Off

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It remains to be seen what emerges from the negotiations in the days to come.

UK Economist: U.S. Could Be 'Shut Out' Of Global Trade If It Doesn't Reduce CO2 Emissions

The Huffington Post | Travis Donovan | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green

Just 10 days ahead of international leaders convening in Cancun, Mexico for the UN climate change conference, British economist Nicholas Stern warned ...

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.

Green News Report: September 23, 2010 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

TWITTER: @GreenNewsReport. The 'GNR' is also now available on your cell phone via Stitcher Radio's mobile app! IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Look out 1998...

Weekly Mulch: Clock Ticking for Climate Change Legislation

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger Seven months out from the midterms, electoral anxieties are hampering potential climate change legislation. ...

Despite Stern Rejection, Leak, and Protest: Climate Talks Continue

May Jeong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
May Jeong

Wednesday, Todd Stern, Climate Envoy to the United States, dismissed the notion of developed countries owing financial reparations - otherwise known as climate debt - from CO2 emissions.

Reid, Kerry, and White House Say: Climate Bill Will Happen This Spring

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Harry Reid's statement that he expects the Senate to address clean energy legislation "in the spring" makes it clear the bill has a firm place on the Senate's schedule--despite the pervasive predictions to the contrary.

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...