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Nations at COP21: Credibility of INDCs

Beyond Aspirational Consensus: Increasing Credibility of INDCs After Paris

G20 and other countries should increase the credibility of their pledges on greenhouse gas emissions – Making credible the ambition expressed in the Paris Agreement becomes the focus in the afterglow of the COP21 climate conference. As always, the devil is in the details. A report released today by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and…

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Overhead photos of the well leaking methane at Porter Ranch, California

The Invisible Climate Nightmare Unfolding in California

One of the biggest environmental disasters in US history is happening right now in southern California. The methane leak at the SoCalGas Aliso Canyon Storage Facility, located in the Porter Ranch neighborhood of northwest Los Angeles, is already the largest such leak in U.S. history and it is far from over. The leak started in October and SoCalGas has indicated…

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Should we "fast track" the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

EarthTalk: Environmental and Social Concerns Over the Trans-Pacific Partnership

EarthTalk® is a weekly environmental column made available to our readers from the editors of E/The Environmental Magazine Dear EarthTalk: Why do many green groups oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) governing trade in the Pacific? – Jane Donahue, Larchmont, NY The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is an international agreement that seeks to unite the economic interests of 12 countries that border the…

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IRENA 36 by 2030

IRENA Members Aim to Raise Renewables’ Share of Global Energy Mix

Raising renewable energy’s share of world energy production would have broad, positive and long-lasting impacts on national economies, societies and the environment, according to a study from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released January 16.

Climate finance will lead to development of microgrids and distributed energy

COP21 Aftermath – How Climate Finance Can Support Development And Climate Objectives Through Renewable Microgrids

By Arnaud Henin The Paris climate negotiations have exceeded most expectations, concluding in an ambitious global agreement on limiting carbon emissions to restrain the impacts climate change. The agreement has several important aspects including a commitment from developed countries to a significant sum of $100 billion per year to support the transition of developing countries to a low-carbon development trajectory,…

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Turning the tide on climate change in 2016

Optimistic Climate Predictions for 2016 in the Wake of the COP21 Climate Deal

Last year was a breakthrough year for environmental action and the future looks bright for the coming year. In 2015, we saw a slate of bold carbon reduction efforts from President Obama and other world leaders. However, the crowning achievement of 2015 was the signing of the COP21 climate agreement, which has set the stage for even more ambitious action…

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Hospitals going Green

Hospitals Going Green to Reduce Global Warming

As one of the fastest-growing segments of the United States economy, the healthcare industry faces many challenges including quality of service, containing costs and dealing with healthcare insurance. You can also add environmental waste and energy consumption to the list. Hospitals are one of the biggest energy consumers in the U.S. each year. They also produce millions of tons of…

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