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The Warsaw Climate Negotiations, and Reason for Cautious Optimism

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.12.2014 | Green
Robert Stavins

The Warsaw meetings must be judged to be at least a modest success -- the baton was not dropped, rather it was passed successfully in this long relay race of negotiations.

Earth Day: The Face of Climate Change

Keith Peterman | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Keith Peterman

For now, Qatar, like many Arab countries, reclaims water from the saline seas. This process requires energy, and a lot of it. They can do this because their vast petroleum reserves provide the needed energy to desalinate the water -- for now. What about the future?

A Challenge for Climate Negotiators, and an Opportunity for Scholars

Robert Stavins | Posted 11.04.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The negotiating teams are now tasked under the Durban Platform with identifying a new comprehensive policy architecture. The negotiators are therefore hungry for new ideas, in particular for outside-the-box thinking.

If the Durban Platform Opened a Window, Will India and China Close It?

Robert Stavins | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Whether or not the submissions by China and India are part of a diplomatic dance or represent a real step backward from their positions in Durban, the fact remains that the Durban Platform, by replacing the Berlin Mandate, has opened an important window.

Can the Durban Climate Negotiations Succeed?

Robert Stavins | Posted 01.28.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

Two weeks of international climate negotiations begin today in Durban, South Africa. These are the Seventeenth Conference of the Parties (COP-17) of ...

Canada's Step Away From the Kyoto Protocol Can Be a Constructive Step Forward

Robert Stavins | Posted 08.11.2011 | Green
Robert Stavins

The international community may have begun to recognize that incremental steps in the right direction are better than acrimonious debates over unachievable targets

Backroom Deal? Again? Bolivia Takes a Stance

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It's crunch time. There are two days left for government leaders and their representatives to come to an agreement. Can they make progress? Can they find solutions?

Weekly Mulch: If Cancun Climate Talks Falter, Blame the U.S.

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger The most recent round of United Nations-led climate change negotiations began this week in Cancun, and alt...

Are You Resilient? If So, Encourage Psychological and Social Resilience Wherever You Can

Sanjay Khanna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sanjay Khanna

What kind of person would you need to become, what kind of community would you need to be a part of, and what kind of process would it take to be able to experience a twenty-first century of increasing unpredictability and loss?

Copenhagen Accord Falling Flat -- Well Not Even That

Bill Chameides | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

The Copenhagen Accord's discord continues. Studies are surfacing that even if all the nations meet their pledges, the effect on global emissions will be far too small to achieve the stated objective.

Monckton Lies To AP, Denies He Called Clean Energy Advocates "Hitler Youth"

Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brendan DeMelle

Despite video evidence, Christopher Monckton stated in an interview yesterday with Associated Press: "It was not I who called them Hitler Youth. It wa...

Why I'm Joining The Hopenhagen Movement

Laurie David | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laurie David

I'm joining Hopenhagen because everything I love and care about is at stake. I do not want the day to come when my daughters ask us why we did not do more.

Can Climate Action Resuscitate Tropical Forests?

Janet Ranganathan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Janet Ranganathan

For decades, environmentalists have described shrinking forests as the planet's "green lungs." But can pumping money into forests save the climate? Can climate protection measures preserve forests?

Danish Police Tear Gasses Naomi Klein Event

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

Blogger Cory Morning Star is reporting that international best-selling author and columnist Naomi Klein was speaking at an event in Copenhagen last ni...

Hopenhagen Ambassador Contest: Meet The First Candidates

Huffington Post | Matthew Palevsky/Katherine Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

UPDATE: We have a winner. With nearly 2,000 votes, some notable endorsements and an inspiring story, David Kroodsma won over the judges and is our Ho...

What do the Arctic, a Thermostat and COP15 Have in Common?

Philippe Cousteau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Philippe Cousteau

The year was 1972 and my father, Philippe Cousteau, Sr., was filming another episode of the famed series The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.

Acronym Hell and the Path to a Global Climate Deal

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

We only need to look at how fast world leaders acted during the global economic crisis to see how quickly they can get things done when they have the political will.

Breaking: Leaked Climate Talks Text Makes Disturbing Conclusion

Kevin Grandia | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kevin Grandia

In layman's terms, the leaked document means that if the developed nations don't commit to deeper emissions cuts, we're screwed.

Small Islands Discover their Power in Copenhagen

Anuradha Vittachi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anuradha Vittachi

The UN's Copenhagen climate conference has suddenly become a thrilling place to be. It's the small islands that are making waves here - islands so small that they will drown if action is not taken.

5 Things You Need to Know About the Big Climate Meeting in Copenhagen

Tara Lohan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tara Lohan

This story originally appeared on AlterNet. There's a lot of buzz about COP15, the big climate-change meeting coming up -- what exactly is all the hyp...

Scenes From Copenhagen's Street Protests (Part I)

Andrew Sniderman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Sniderman

I joined hundreds of protesters about a mile away from the UN's climate negotiations. Their plan was to storm the talks, 6,000 police officers notwithstanding, and set up a "people's assembly" to discuss solutions to climate change.

Canadian Climate Plan: All Public Relations; No Policy

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

Canada is not passing laws to limit greenhouse gas emissions. It is not setting science-based targets, and it's not financing renewable energy.

Climate Deal For Copenhagen: Time Is Running Out

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BARCELONA, Spain — As China's actions to curb gas emissions garnered praise at U.N. climate talks, the United States came under renewed pressure...

The Copenhagen Tea Party

James Hoggan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James Hoggan

Americans For Prosperity's Tea Party campaigns might be happening thousands of miles away from Denmark, but their impact is felt here at the COP15 talks.

Tiny Tuvalu Shocks Climate Talks

Anuradha Vittachi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anuradha Vittachi

Tuvalu wants to ensure that global temperatures won't rise by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius. You can see why: if it does, their island could disappear beneath the sea forever.