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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 ››

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 ››

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 ››

Follow Worldwatch at UN Climate Change Negotiations

Worldwatch will contribute to the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) starting in Paris, France today by advising governmental delegations, participating in high-level consultations, and speaking at conferences for the general public. We invite you to follow these events as they unfold, either … Continue Reading ››

India’s INDC for Emissions Reduction: Finding the Devils in the Details

“We look forward to a comprehensive and concrete outcome in Paris with a positive agenda on combating climate change which also focuses on access to finance and technology for the developing world, especially the poor countries and small island states.” —Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the United Nations General Assembly, September 28, 2015
To those of … Continue Reading ››

Greater Flexibility and Integrated Action Bring “Cautious Optimism” to Upcoming Paris Climate Talks

I recently participated in the Latin American Carbon Forum (LACF) in Santiago, Chile, speaking about how climate-enabling technology transfer is being articulated in small and medium-sized enterprises in Latin America. My experience at the event highlighted a trend in multi-party engagement that is broad and encouraging for the prospect of a positive outcome at … Continue Reading ››