The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is set to vote on whether it will provide $900 million in funding for a new coal power plant in Pakistan. This project clearly violates the terms of those public commitments so the U.S., U.K., Nordic countries, and others must vote no on that project.
That's 53 million people and GDP of $2.8 trillion. So it's not a stretch to say the new Pacific Coast Action Plan on Climate and Energy will make a huge difference for the entire country. And guess what? Congress had nothing to do with it.
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.
If one measure of society's progress is environmental understanding and activism, the students of Team Marine are light-years ahead of where I was at their age. And that's very good news for all of us.
So when and if Canada vows that it will offset the burning of the tarsands through a similar uncapped system, there is no reason to view that promise is anything but empty. That's why it's so crucial that the president's promise be rock solid.
In unveiling the U.S. National Climate Action Plan, President Obama signaled two important things that will help international efforts to address climate change -- he signaled that the U.S will act at home to reduce its pollution and it will take steps to help secure strong international action.
The aviation industry just endorsed an agreement that they "strongly encourage" governments to adopt a single global market-based measure to cap aviation's climate pollution at this year's meeting of the U.N. body tasked with managing international aviation.
The more we raise our voices and shine a spotlight on acts of environmental injustice, the harder it is for the industry to maintain its protective shroud of silence. So let's join Rev. Yearwood and follow the example of Dr. King. Tackling climate change is the challenge of our time.
From devastating floods in China and the Philippines to droughts in Africa, the same extreme weather patterns that have hit the United States have impacted locations around the world. This is the face of global warming.
22 high level representatives have just released Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing, setting out recommendations to "put sustainable development into practice and... economic policy as quickly as possible."
Each country can make strong shifts which will ensure that Durban defines a clear mandate to negotiate a new legally binding agreement in the immediate future. Let's hope they take this opportunity and help the world move forward to address global warming.
The U.S. must show leadership by helping craft a path to get a new legal agreement, not throw up barriers at the outset. They need to ensure that they aren't allergic to the meal that is served, but they can't demand that everything on the menu meet their tastes at the outset.
Having a strong, credible, and transparent system for tracking greenhouse gas emissions and the actions of a country is an essential building block of an effective international system to address global warming.
If you believe, as I do, that real action can occur without a "binding" agreement or having all the details completed, you'll be surprised to learn that some key things might actually be happening in Cancun.