Tag Archives: COP21

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 ››

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 ››

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 ››