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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.

Future Of UN Climate Talks Hinge On 2015 Deal

AP | KARL RITTER | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — After another U.N. climate conference gave only modest results, European Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard says the proces...

IPCC Report -- Economic Shock Therapy

Yvo de Boer | Posted 11.27.2013 | Green
Yvo de Boer

f a vaccine were 95 percent certain to have disastrous side effects, governments wouldn't require years of fruitless discussion before pulling it off the market. So how much certainty do we need before policymakers wake up and finally face the threat of climate change?

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.

Durban Climate Change Agreement: 'A Remarkable New Phase'?

Bill Chameides | Posted 02.12.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Does the Durban Platform really "set a new course for the global fight against climate change"? Maybe, but it will require a whole lot of work by the likes of the United States and China to keep the world on that course.

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 ...

Climate Change: Learning the Lessons of the Past 50 Years

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Stephen P. Groff

One of the first lessons we draw from the past 50 years is that greater volumes of development finance do not automatically translate into better development results.

UN Climate Negotiations: Denmark and Bolivia Present Their Emissions Reductions

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.14.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Bonn, Germany -- On Thursday, specific nations presented their work to reduce emissions. Thursday morning, Canada, the EU, the Alliance of Small Islan...

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

UN Climate Negotiations: EU Ramps Up Renewables and Addresses Aviation Emissions

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 08.09.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

International aviation emissions grew by 66% between 1990 and 2005. They form one of the fastest growing sources of emissions. Yet they are currently excluded from the Kyoto Protocol.

Poor Countries Make Final Appeal: For an Ambitious Agreement in Cancun

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancun, Mexico - On Friday, as the final hours of the COP 16 conference approached, representatives of countries most affected by climate change came ...

Israel Ambassador: 'Spirit Of Shared Destiny' Needed To Drive Climate Talks

The Wonk Room | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

At the climate talks in Cancun, Israel's ambassador to Mexico gave her heartfelt thanks to the nations that came to her country's aid -- including Tur...

The World Bank Steps in to Save the Day??

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - As climate change increases, the World Bank is stepping up its funding for developing nations. On the agenda at this year's COP 16, ...

Peasant, Indigenous Organizations Reject Market Schemes for Global Warming

Laura Carlsen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Laura Carlsen

There will be no major agreement to stop global warming this week, despite the timed release of a number of reports that show that the phenomenon is advancing more rapidly than expected, with lethal consequences.

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?

COP 16: Breakout Groups

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

As thousands of people marched on the COP-16 climate summit to condemn the false solutions and backroom deals being pushed in the negotiations, solidarity actions unfolded in over 100 cities around the world.

High Level Negotiations Kick Off

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

It remains to be seen what emerges from the negotiations in the days to come.

Branson Ignites the Gigaton Throwdown in Cancun

Christiana Wyly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christiana Wyly

While the expectations for the United Nations COP16 climate negotiations now underway here in Cancun may be low, they are high elsewhere along the shi...

Street Heat: Actions in Cancún!

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - On Friday, the normally staid and restrained atmosphere at UN meetings received a lively injection of energy and music, as about 30 ...

Plugging the Black Hole Afflicting the UN Climate Talks (and Everything Else)

Keith Harrington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Keith Harrington

After the massive buildup and colossal letdown around last year's landmark global climate talks in Copenhagen it can be tough to see the promise in th...

Trove of Scientific Papers Paints Most Accurate Portrait of Earth's Future Yet

Christopher Mims | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Christopher Mims

The U.K.'s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research has rounded up a trove of cutting-edge scientific research that paints what may be the most accurate portrait of Earth's future to date.

Mexican President Hopes U.S. Republicans Change On Climate

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) - Mexican President Felipe Calderon says he can understand why U.S. voters in an economic crisis turned to the opposition party, b...

UN Climate Conference Kicks Off In Cancun With Limited Expectations

AP | ARTHUR MAX | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

CANCUN, Mexico — Frustrated at past failures, climate negotiators began a critical two-week conference Monday with a call from Mexico's president to...

PHOTOS: Ahead Of Climate Conference, Countries Make Own Progress On Cutting CO2

The Huffington Post | Alden Wicker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

After last year's disappointing stalemate in Copenhagen, many feel that international climate change negotiations in Cancun have little chance of yiel...