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It’s Time to Go Back to School—Is It Also Time to Go Electric?

Opportunities to Advance Electric School Bus Technology
Some 50 million children in communities across the United States are heading back to school over the next couple of weeks. About half of these students will get to school on one of 480,000 yellow school buses, more than 90 percent of which are … 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.

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 ››

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 ››