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Argentina’s Renewables Reboot: The Good, the Not-So-Good, and the Unknown

There’s a palpable feeling of excitement and renewed vigor whenever Argentina’s economy is discussed nowadays. What does this mean for the country’s renewable energy sector? Argentina is entering a new phase of political and economic reform. Recently elected President Mario Macri’s moves to court international investor and business communities have struck the right notes, and Argentina-related … 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.

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 ››

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 ››

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 ››