Category Archives: COP

Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

Attending the annual BP Statistical Review of World Energy 2016 launch event in June, I watched BP Chief Economist Spencer Dale invoke lessons from history. “Even if renewables continue to grow faster than any other energy technology in history,” he said, “we are unlikely to meet carbon emissions reductions targets set in Paris last … Continue Reading ››

Changing Climate, Changing China

What does China’s climate commitment mean for the world? Within the last year, the world has made pivotal commitments toward greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptation. The international community has agreed on both Sustainable Development Goals to be achieved by 2030 and emissions reduction goals under the Paris Agreement on climate change … Continue Reading ››

Carbon Trading: A Hidden Threat to Soil Carbon Sequestration?

If something has a price tag, people consider its perceived monetary value. But what if, by measuring the value of our planet’s natural systems using dollar amounts alone, we are minimizing their true worth? And what if our focus on solving global problems with money is taking all of us, especially poorer countries, down the … Continue Reading ››

The Emissions Gap

Despite 23 years of negotiations since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise. But last week, in an impressive display of international unity, delegates from 195 countries agreed to a climate deal to keep global warming to “well below” 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by 2100. The Continue Reading ››

Five Minutes at the COP21: Climate and Cities with Boping Chen

Join us as we sit with Boping Chen from World Future Council to discuss the importance of cities in the latest climate negotiations. Boping explains what is different about this year's UNFCCC Conference of Parties, what challenges negotiators are facing, and what she hopes to see in the final text.

Who Will Pay for Central America’s Climate Change Losses?

Central America has consistently been rated as one of the most vulnerable regions to climate change. The region is highly exposed to geoclimatic hazards because of its two surrounding oceans, its position in the path of hurricanes and tropical storms, the endemicity of tropical diseases, its vulnerability to droughts during El Niño years, and its … Continue Reading ››

Five Minutes at the COP21: Climate and Displacement with Erica Bower

Join us as we sit with Erica Bower from SustainUS to discuss the importance of including language about displacement in the latest climate negotiations. Erica explains what is different about this year's Conference of Parties, what challenges negotiators are facing, and what she hopes to see … Continue Reading ››

Five Minutes at the COP21: Gender and Climate with Jessica Olson

The Worldwatch Institute sits with Sierra Club's Jessica Olson to discuss the links between gender and climate at the United Nations Framework - Convention on Climate Change in Paris‎. In just five minutes, Jessica addresses what's different about this year's COP, what the role of civil society is, and why … Continue Reading ››

Financing Cities in a Changing Climate

“The battle for sustainability will be won and lost in cities.” —Ban Ki-Moon
Cities have a large and increasingly important role to play in the fight against global climate change. Currently, cities produce more than 60 percent of all carbon emissions globally. The world’s urban population has grown by more than 2.8 billion since 1960, and … Continue Reading ››

Paris Climate Negotiators Need to Unleash the Greatest Mitigation Resource: Energy Efficiency

As the United Nations climate talks continue in Paris, identifying and developing financing resources to support the proposed efforts to mitigate climate change remains at the core of the process. By all calculations, reaching the internationally agreed target to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius this century will require a comprehensive set of … Continue Reading ››