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Climate Negotiations

UN Climate Summit Will Be a Time of Reckoning

Frances Beinecke | Posted 09.28.2014 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Even as other countries move forward, the US must continue to lead. The US is the second largest carbon emitter in the world and the largest overall contributor to the climate crisis. We have an obligation to take bold steps to reduce our own carbon pollution.

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 ...

China Says Climate Deal Hinges On Aid To Emerging Economies

Reuters | Posted 08.06.2014 | World

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent BONN, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) - China led calls by emerging economies on Fri...

China Pollutes More... But Is That an Excuse for Inaction?

Lucy Emerson-Bell | Posted 03.30.2014 | Green
Lucy Emerson-Bell

The U.S. doesn't only receive goods manufactured in China -- we receive the pollution associated with those goods as well. It's not just their problem. It is our problem as well.

Geoengineering The Sky is Not 'Normal'

Rachel Smolker | Posted 02.05.2014 | Green
Rachel Smolker

If global agreement on addressing climate change cannot be achieved, how can we possibly expect any global consensus on "technomanagement" of the atmosphere where the risks of serious negative consequences are so grave?

Philippines' Haiyan Tragedy: What Went Wrong?

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

For many critics, the state fell short of fulfilling its most fundamental responsibilities, since thousands of survivors, reports suggest, struggled with hunger, chaos, and disease days into Haiyan's landfall.

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."

Give Credit Where Credit Is Due: U.S. Government Funds for Climate Change Adaptation

Kathleen Mogelgaard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Kathleen Mogelgaard

As it stands now, the U.S. government is taking credit for climate adaptation in its development programs, but how much credit is actually due?

A Rare Step Forward on Climate Change

William S. Becker | Posted 08.09.2013 | Politics
William S. Becker

Since negotiations on global climate change began, it has been the case that the two countries most responsible for greenhouse gas emissions could lead the world on the issue if they could agree with one another. They haven't gotten there yet, but they took a meaningful step on Saturday.

How the U.S. and China Are Reinvigorating the Battle Against Climate Change

Barbara A. Finamore | Posted 06.23.2013 | Green
Barbara A. Finamore

The new Joint U.S.-China Statement on Climate Change, signed during Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to China last week, is a remarkable document....

Finding Hope in the Final Hours of the Doha Climate Conference

Kelly Rigg | Posted 02.06.2013 | Green
Kelly Rigg

To be clear, we are still barreling down the highway to a dangerously warming world. But in the wee hours of the final night's negotiations I asked delegates whether they found any reason to be optimistic about the future as a result of their time in Doha.

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.

Durban Climate Talks -- What Happened?

Rebecca Anderson | Posted 02.20.2012 | Green
Rebecca Anderson

The international climate negotiations have wrapped up in Durban, South Africa. I'm curious as to what percent of Americans even knew that these negotiations were happening.

Video Blog From Global Warming Negotiations in South Africa: It Always Seems Impossible, Until It's Done

Jake Schmidt | Posted 02.11.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

This year the lanyards given out by the environmental groups have a famous Nelson Mandela quote that is quite fitting for the current state of play in...

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.

Countries 'Working To The Very Last Minute' On Climate Talks

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 02.09.2012 | Green

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Tackling the Communications Challenge of the UN Climate Conference

Kelly Rigg | Posted 01.22.2012 | Green
Kelly Rigg

We were supposed to get a fair, ambitious, and binding international agreement on climate change in 2009. A binding agreement has thus become the yardstick for measuring success.

German Chancellor: All Nations Must Commit To Binding Climate Targets

AP | By JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 09.03.2011 | Green

BERLIN -- All nations must commit to binding and verifiable goals to reduce their carbon emissions to reach a new international climate agreement as t...

Will Bonn Climate Talks Reflect a Dramatically Changed World?

Kelly Rigg | Posted 08.06.2011 | Green
Kelly Rigg

The stakes are getting higher, the speed of change is increasing, and the solutions are there for the taking. What are you waiting for?

International Climate Negotiations Grind to a Standstill

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Not much has been said or written about the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change since the flurry of post-Cancun commentary. So what's been happening with the climate talks?

Hostage Crisis at Cancun Climate Talks

Jamie Henn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jamie Henn

The US negotiating stance here in Cancún is beginning to cause fractures among the once unified blocks of developing countries calling for strong climate action.

Weekly Mulch: For Cancun Climate Summit, Activists Consider the Long View

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger A year ago, it seemed possible--likely, even--that President Barack Obama would sweep into the internation...

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.

Climate Talks In China Make Little Progress

AP | TINI TRAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

TIANJIN, China — U.N. climate talks being held in China this week are making limited progress as rich and poor nations remain divided on key iss...