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Building a Global Climate Agreement That Will Work: Country Action by All Major Emitters

Jake Schmidt | Posted 10.01.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

This framing still seems to pop up from policymakers and companies that want to deny the need for climate action. So will the international climate agreement this December finally secure emission reduction commitments from all major emitters? The short answer is a definitive "yes."

Environmental NGOs: Be More Specific for Paris

Mike Sandler | Posted 09.24.2015 | Green
Mike Sandler

Many observers have low expectations, given that the UN requires unanimity from nation-states, fossil fuel interests have political control in so many nations, and the convention itself seems to have given up on an international treaty and is focusing instead on adding up nationally adopted actions.

Pope Francis' Historic Visit to the U.S. and the Chance to Spur Action on Climate Change

Bianca Jagger | Posted 09.23.2015 | World
Bianca Jagger

I hope that world leaders attending COP21 will listen to Pope Francis, act with courage and conviction and emerge from the conference with an agreement that, in the words of the Pope, "protects our common home."

A Key Element for the Forthcoming Paris Climate Agreement

Robert Stavins | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Robert Stavins

This minimalist approach will allow diverse forms of linkage to arise, among what will inevitably be highly heterogeneous INDCs, thereby advancing the dual objectives of cost effectiveness and environmental integrity in the international climate policy regime.

Will the Pope's DC Visit Bring New Political Leadership on Climate Justice?

Brandon Wu | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Brandon Wu

If his papal letter and address to Congress can spur further climate activism in the U.S., and force obstinate members of Congress to think through the real implications of climate denial, then it would provide a huge boost to an already growing demand for climate justice.

Ripple Effect: The People's Climate March One Year Later

Jamie Henn | Posted 09.21.2015 | Green
Jamie Henn

We're not organizing another march in New York City this year. Setting aside Star Wars and the Godfather, sequels are rarely better, and successful social movements rarely use the same tactic over and over again. Instead, we're mobilizing this year in Paris and around the world.

Progress in Climate Talks Attracts Attack Dogs

Hunter Cutting | Posted 09.08.2015 | Green
Hunter Cutting

Buckle-up your seat belts, folks. The climate deniers have arrived. It's going to be a rocky road through Paris.

Even These Big Fossil Fuel Companies Support An International Climate Agreement

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.02.2015 | Politics

A large number of the world's biggest energy companies endorse a global climate agreement that would commit to limiting temperature rise to 2 degrees ...

Stop Being So Sensitive! The Shift From Gender-Sensitive to Gender-Responsive Action

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

If environmental initiatives move beyond acknowledgement and sensitivity to fully embracing and responding to the principles of gender equality and women's empowerment, they can have an unprecedented impact.

Why We Need to Keep Talking About 2 Degrees

David Saddington | Posted 07.13.2015 | Green
David Saddington

We must keep aiming for 2 degrees, in the same way that organizations aim for zero waste targets or zero workplace accidents as this reinforces that results above these thresholds are unacceptable and can be improved.

The Pope Calls for New Global Institution to Protect the Commons, Tackle Climate and Poverty

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.02.2015 | Green
Mike Sandler

Pope Francis's recently released Encyclical "Laudato Si" makes a strong moral case for climate action. It is a powerfully-written, wide-ranging document, and is already influencing decision makers and observers preparing for the U.N. climate conference taking place in December.

Countdown for Climate Action: Are 10 Days Enough?

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 06.30.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

There are five months remaining until COP21; however, there are less than 10 days of negotiations left until the Paris meeting -- only two more meetings of negotiators, one in August and one in October. This is not very much time at all to finalize the conditions of the framework and have all parties agree to implementation.

Kate Sheppard

US And Brazil Commit To Climate, Renewable Energy Goals | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff announced on Tuesday new joint efforts to confront climate change, committ...

The People's Test on Climate 2015

Brandon Wu | Posted 06.29.2015 | Green
Brandon Wu

We're working to make sure we put in the work to take advantage of this big moment for climate justice. Paris could be the beginning of that moment, or it could come sometime in the future.

Climate Change Momentum Now Undeniable

Matthew J. Kiernan | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Matthew J. Kiernan

After many false starts, we believe that we have now reached a tipping point (or, if you prefer, an "inflection point").

Backed by Solid Science, Agriculture Climbs the International Climate Change Agenda

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 06.18.2015 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Despite getting explicit mention in the original climate change treaty, agriculture has never been amongst the key issues at subsequent climate negotiations. Quite a surprise considering the headline facts and figures.

Deciding Our Future -- Internally

Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne | Posted 06.14.2015 | Green
Anoka Primrose Abeyrathne

Leading up to the 2015 climate talks, the importance of national policies in addressing climate change is beyond vital. We must decide how we contribute to the climate agenda with our national priorities, circumstances and capabilities with referene to the global framework that drives collective action toward a low-carbon, climate-resilient future.

Forests Win Big In Bonn Climate Breakthrough

Forest Trends | Posted 06.15.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

Climate negotiators here celebrated the inauguration of their headquarters in the repurposed "World Conference Center Bonn" with a draft agreement on how to slow climate change by reducing deforestation in developing countries.

Catalyzing Major Climate Actions By All Key Players Around the World This Year

Jake Schmidt | Posted 06.01.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

Progress on climate change can seem depressingly slow--especially to young people full of energy and expectation. But look closer, resist the tug of hopelessness, and you can see progress everywhere.

How the Tolo River People of Colombia Harnessed Carbon Finance to Save Their Rainforest

Forest Trends | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

It's a challenge faced by forest people around the world, and one that impacts all of us. Indeed, the loss of pristine forest in the tropics and its blow to biodiversity and ecosystem services are massive and irreversible. To make matters even worse, carbon emissions from deforestation compound the problem of climate change.

A Strong Beginning Makes Way for Improved Results: Equality in Climate Finance Mechanisms

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

Climate change is happening now and it's happening globally--it affects everyone everywhere. However, climate change will not affect everyone equally.

Capturing Carbon: An Industrial Future?

David Saddington | Posted 06.24.2015 | Green
David Saddington

Teesside Collective is a landmark project which is on track to revolutionise UK industry through carbon capture and storage (CCS) of emissions. But what actually is industrial CCS and how close are we to seeing low emissions from energy intensive industries?

New U.S. Climate Target Is Achievable and Sends an Important Signal to the World

Jake Schmidt | Posted 05.31.2015 | Green
Jake Schmidt

When the U.S. is willing to step forward domestically, it can have a catalyzing impact in other countries. This is evident in the new commitment from China to peak its emissions -- a commitment no one thought was possible just a few short years back. This commitment occurred only after the U.S. showed that it was taking strong domestic action.

Changing the Climate Narrative

William S. Becker | Posted 04.26.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

It is time to change the conversation. It should be about a race to the future -- a 21st-century, global Marshall Plan that builds the capacity of nations to achieve sustainable prosperity. Before going into this idea further, let's unpack the invalid logic chain that has been implicit in climate negotiations so far.

Principles for a Climate Deal

William S. Becker | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
William S. Becker

If the U.S. team negotiating an international climate treaty is looking for guidance, it needn't look far. Over the years, scores of organizations ranging from oil companies to green groups and think tanks have offered their ideas on the principles that should guide an international climate agreement.