Tag Archives: climate change

Society or Sustainability: Must Europe Make a Choice?

In the world of public policy, welfare and climate belong to separate spheres of interest. Yet there are many reasons why they should more often be considered in tandem. In Europe, the welfare state is a comprehensive mix of government policies and legal frameworks in social policy, education, health, and housing. While there are considerable differences … 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 ››

Polarized Politics or Climate Conflict? Why Branding Matters for the Malheur Occupation, Post-Paris

What does an armed occupation of a federally owned wetland in Harney County, Oregon, have in common with the recently concluded Paris climate talks? More than you might think. A closer look at the circumstances points toward common ground between angry ranchers and the freshly mobilized climate change adaptation regime. Capturing headlines and dividing opinion, 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: 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 ››

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 ››