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Copenhagen Accord

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.

Is There a Clean Energy Standard in Our Future?

Bill Chameides | Posted 06.10.2013 | Green
Bill Chameides

Americans are behind Obama, in the sense that they support the president's concept of a national clean energy standard. But they're also behind, in the sense that the voting public is unwilling to go as far as the president wants to go because of costs.

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.

Food Science, Climate Science and Politics

Chris Ladd | Posted 04.28.2012 | Green
Chris Ladd

If the fix for climate change was as simple as changing a light bulb then the disagreements over these details might not matter much. However, we're being asked to undertake the wholesale re-engineering of the entire global political and economic order.

A Look at Our Energy Outlook

Bill Chameides | Posted 04.08.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com.Steady as we go with energy but definitely not on our climate target. Presidential Disconnect? A little more than tw...

The Platform Opens a Window: An Unambiguous Consequence of the Durban Climate Talks

Robert Stavins | Posted 03.02.2012 | Green
Robert Stavins

The national delegations from around the world now have a challenging task: To find a way to include all key countries in a structure that brings about meaningful emissions reductions on an appropriate timetable at acceptable cost.

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 ...

Confirmed: U.S. Emissions Up in 2010

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.24.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

Crossposted with TheGreenGrok.com, the blog by the dean of Duke's Nicholas SchoolWhether at Christmas time or in the heat of summer, nobody likes a lu...

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

The World's Most Dangerous Epidemic

Erik Rasmussen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erik Rasmussen

The world is facing an escalating global epidemic. Today, it claims 350,000 deaths per year and in 2030 the annual death toll will be approaching one million -- the majority of them will be children.

Weekly Mulch: Was Cancun Climate Conference a Success?

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
The Media Consortium

by Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium Blogger The United Nations-led Climate Conference at Cancun was not a diplomatic disaster, but for climate activis...

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 ...

Interview with Bolivian Lead Climate Negotiator Pablo Solón

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancun, Mexico - On the antepenultimate (scheduled) day of the COP 16, I sat down with Bolivia's climate negotiator Pablo Solón to discuss how the CO...

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?

United Nations Environment Programme Launches Emissions Gap Report

Tina Gerhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tina Gerhardt

Cancún, Mexico - Yesterday afternoon, United Nations Environment Programme released the Emissions Gap Report, which seeks to assess how we are doing ...

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.

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...

Is Obama Worse Than Bush on International Climate?

Erich Pica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Erich Pica

Obama's administration is seeking to undermine the existing international climate regime and replace it with something fundamentally and dangerously weaker.

How the Cancun Conference Can Succeed With -- or Without -- China

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Yesterday some 15,000 delegates, business leaders, activists and journalists gathered in Cancun to kick off the UN Framework Convention on Climate Cha...

Pledged International Emissions Cuts Aren't Enough

AP | MATTI HUUHTANEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HELSINKI — Emissions cuts pledged by countries in a nonbinding climate accord last year fall short of what's needed to avoid the worst consequen...

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.

Will Scientists' Calls For Climate Action Fall on Negotiators' Deaf Ears?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

With only days remaining until diplomats are due to arrive in Tianjin for the final round of climate negotiations before the Cancun summit, scientists...

China: Unwilling to Play the Climate Negotiation Game

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

Although China and Japan are deeply connected trading partners, the Asian giants sit on opposite sides of the climate debate. In spite of their differences, the two countries have a history of climate cooperation.

Fires, Flooding, and Climate Finance: Is there enough fast-start funding?

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The World Resources Institute recently released updated estimates of the "fast-start" climate mitigation and adaption commitments rich nations made to...