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United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

World Leaders Sign Paris Climate Agreement

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.22.2016 | Politics

NEW YORK -- United States Secretary of State John Kerry joined other world leaders Friday in New York for the official signing of the Paris climate ag...

Investors Have A Big Opportunity for Accelerating Clean Energy

Mindy S. Lubber | Posted 01.25.2016 | Green
Mindy S. Lubber

Paris has built upon emerging shifts towards a cleaner, greener and far smarter development path for the 21st century. It has sent a clear, unequivocal and determined low carbon signal to markets and economic sectors everywhere: The course is irreversible, but the pace and breadth must now be the focus.

Corruption in an Era of Climate Change: An Ever-Closing Circle?

Juliet Sorensen | Posted 10.27.2015 | Politics
Juliet Sorensen

A decade ago, as New Orleans commenced its long, slow recovery from Hurricane Katrina, pundits warned against sweetheart deals and no-bid contracts to rebuild the city obtained with bribery and kickbacks.

The White House Is Ramping Up Its Focus On Securing Paris Climate Deal

The Huffington Post | Laura Barron-Lopez | Posted 10.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the clock winds down, the Obama administration is artfully pushing its message on the Paris climate change negotiations, doing all th...

Obama Outlines What Success At Paris Climate Conference Would Look Like

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics

President Barack Obama is "cautiously optimistic" about the prospect of a global climate agreement emerging from negotiations in Paris at the end of t...

Kate Sheppard

US And Brazil Commit To Climate, Renewable Energy Goals

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Commits To Slashing Emissions Up To 28 Percent By 2025

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The United States officially submitted its emissions-cutting target to the United Nations on Tuesday morning, formalizing its commitmen...

Kate Sheppard

Poll Finds Strong Majority Of Americans Support An International Climate Agreement

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A new poll finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support an international agreement to cut planet-warming emissions. The poll f...

Kate Sheppard

Mexico Pledges To Hit Peak Emissions By 2026

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Mexican government pledged to hit peak emissions by 2026 in an announcement made Friday. Officials also said that Mexico will cu...

Heather Zichal, Former Obama Energy Aide, Named Fellow at Industry-Funded Atlantic Council

Steve Horn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

Heather Zichal, former top climate and energy aide to President Barack Obama his top aide in crafting his 2008 presidential campaign energy platform, has joined the industry-funded Atlantic Council as a fellow at its Global Energy Center.

American and Chinese Youth Take Diplomacy Into Their Own Hands At Lima COP 20

Ben Jervey | Posted 02.11.2015 | Green
Ben Jervey

Presidents Obama and Xi have finally shown that the two big polluters can sit down together and produce some kind of climate accord. Their young citizens have stepped up in Lima and shown the leaders how ambitious diplomacy can work.

New Obama State Dept Top Energy Diplomat Amos Hochstein a Former Marathon Oil Lobbyist

Steve Horn | Posted 02.07.2015 | Green
Steve Horn

The U.S. State Department recently announced that Amos Hochstein, currently the special envoy and coordinator for international energy affairs, will take over as the State Department's top international energy diplomat.

Work for Climate Justice: United Nations 20th Conference of Parties in Lima, Peru

Grace Ji-Sun Kim | Posted 02.02.2015 | Religion
Grace Ji-Sun Kim

For the sake of creation, for the sake of our sister and brothers, for the sake of the planet, and for own sake, is is important to work for justice and continue to fight to reverse climate change.

Kate Sheppard

U.S. Climate Negotiator Says Optimism Is Rising As Lima Talks Approach

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Preparing for COP20

Diane Husic | Posted 01.24.2015 | World
Diane Husic

While the proposed targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions of these two countries are not sufficient to "fix" the problem of global climate change, this is a crucial first step.

Multiplying the Green Vespa effect

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 01.19.2015 | Green
Gaia Paradiso

Let's think sustainably and let's change our behaviors so that we can reduce our individual carbon footprint to make a global sustainable improvement in our lifestyles and in the lives of millions.

Kate Sheppard

China Climate Deal? 'Pffffft,' Say Republicans

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– If anyone thought the announcement of a bilateral U.S.-China climate agreement on Wednesday might lead to a breakthrough on climate po...

Kate Sheppard

State Dept. Denies Seeking Alternative To Climate Treaty, But Has Been Doing So Since 2009

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Kate Sheppard

Lots Of Countries Have Passed Climate Bills, But The U.S. Is Still Behind The Times

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 02.28.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- There now exist nearly 500 climate-related laws in 66 different countries, according to a report released Thursday. The report comes ...

Kate Sheppard

Snowden Docs: U.S. Spied On Negotiators At 2009 Climate Summit

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

COP 19 Warsaw Update: How Secretary Figueres' Main Objectives Faired in the First Week

Ben Jervey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Ben Jervey

The first week of any of the UNFCCC's Conference of the Parties (COP, for sure) is always a whirlwind, as delegates, campaigners, and media alike shake off their jet lag and try to find their way around a new, always-perplexing venue.

Hotter, Dryer -- Greener? Dryland Farming Confronts Climate Change

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 02.03.2013 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

Despite practical innovations, progress on getting agriculture into the official climate change negotiations has been excruciatingly slow, much slower than the urgent need to achieve food security.

Breaking the Climate Stalemate

Walden Bello | Posted 11.12.2012 | Green
Walden Bello

We can no longer tolerate a situation in which the United States and China portray themselves as opponents but actually provide each other with the rationale to pursue their environmentally destabilizing trajectories.

Not a Hoax: Climate Change Shows Up in a Presidential Acceptance Speech

Bill Chameides | Posted 11.07.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

In his acceptance speech last night Obama seemed a bit short on specifics for what his second term would mean in the area of policy. His campaign's response to Science Debate's question on climate represents a similar approach.

Climate Conference Delegates Hope For Greater Ambitions For CO2 Cuts

Reuters | Posted 07.21.2012 | Green

* Reluctance to take on more ambitious CO2 cut targets * Pressure is on as climate risks grow By Nina Chestney ...