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 ››

Putting a Price on Carbon

Should there be a global price on carbon? Many world leaders and other representatives at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris say yes. Carbon pricing is not an official part of the Paris negotiation agenda. Establishing a global price for carbon is, so far, politically impossible. But the issue has stimulated interesting … Continue Reading ››

Tilting the emissions scale: How Brazil’s INDC for emissions reduction may become irrelevant

  Despite an 18 percent reduction in deforestation, Brazil was unable to significantly reduce its absolute greenhouse gas emissions in 2014. A forward-thinking plan for cutting emissions from the country’s rapidly growing power sector, which are poised to surpass emissions from deforestation, is essential if the pledge in Brazil’s Intended Nationally Determined ContributionContinue Reading ››

China Plans to Play Vital Role at Paris Climate Talks

Paris is, again, attracting the world’s attention. But this time, it’s not because of terrorist-triggered tragedy, but because of hope—a hope to set the planet’s path for the future and to save ourselves from the devastating consequences of climate change. The 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change … Continue Reading ››

An American in Paris: The United States Finally Shows Leadership in the Climate Negotiations

Many of us still remember the images from the Copenhagen climate summit in 2009, which was launched as “Hopenhagen” with great expectations and concluded in the “Flopenhagen” fiasco: the disappointment of freezing environmentalists lining up in front of the Bella Convention Center; the desperate faces of exhausted negotiators; the Danish sherpas trying to argue … Continue Reading ››

The Philippines Aims to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 70 Percent by 2030

The Philippines is the fifth most vulnerable country to climate and disaster risks (having dropped from first place in 2013), yet it is responsible for only 0.25 percent of global carbon emissions. Climate change negatively affects all vital sectors of the economy, including agriculture, fisheries, energy production, and transportation. The Philippines faces … Continue Reading ››

At COP 21, Climate Change Is the Biggest Challenge—and Opportunity—We Face

In spite of the recent attacks in Paris, the United Nations climate talks have resumed this week, sadly shadowed by a tone of grief and tragedy. The Paris negotiations are, by any calculation, a decisive moment for the over two-decade-old international climate change process. Barring unforeseeable circumstances, they promise to be the biggest opportunity … Continue Reading ››

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