Climate and Prosperity: Two Roads Converge in Paris

Next week delegates. ministers, heads-of-state and civil socity meet in Paris at COP21 in hopes of striking an international commitment limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Data recently released from the MET Office in the UK projects average global surface temperatures in 2015 are set to reach the threshold of 1 degree Celsius, halfway to the limit of “acceptable”…

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The new energy economy is growing exponentially

We are in the Midst of an Energy Revolution

As the future for renewable energy continues to get brighter, the prospects for fossil fuel are looking increasingly grim. Financial markets are reflecting the growing value of renewables and coming to terms with the declining value of fossil fuels. Almost a dozen stock exchanges around the world now require sustainability risk disclosure from listed companies. A total of 2.6 trillion has been diverted from fossil fuels to date. Cities, investors…

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Fractious final round of negotiations in Bonn end with some progress, some roadblocks on the road to Paris and COP21

Bonn Climate Talks End: Next Stop Paris and COP21

The final round of climate talks before the COP21 summit in Paris finished up in Bonn last week. As crunch time descends upon negotiators, the issue of finance remains a core unresolved issue. Developing countries have maintained that they have done the least to contribute to global warming but stand to suffer the greatest impacts and indeed already are. As a condition…

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Forest offers many benefits, including a carbon sink

Center for Carbon Removal: Beyond Mitigation in a 2C World

This post first published in TriplePundit Later this year ministers, scientists, diplomats and heads of state from more than 190 countries will convene in Paris for COP 21 with the ambitious goal of adopting a binding international treaty to limit greenhouse gas emissions from human activity. The enormity of that task can be distilled to one number: two. Climate scientists warn that a 2 degrees Celsius rise of…

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Shell abandons Arctic because of market forces, not environmental epiphany

Why Shell Abandoned the Arctic: A Primer on Market Forces for Activists

While the laudable efforts of activists have been given credit for ending Arctic drilling, environmentalists could benefit from a better understanding of the dynamics at play. Attributing Shell’s decision to cease its drilling operations in the Arctic to environmental protest is an undeniably compelling narrative. If only a handful of passionate kayaktavists could stop Shell from drilling in the Arctic. The problem is that it is not true. It…

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Citi Puts $44 Trillion Price Tag on Climate Change Inaction

Investing in low-carbon energy would save the world economy and society $1.8 trillion by 2040. Failing to take global action to avoid a climate change tipping point, moreover, will cost the global economy and society some $44 trillion by 2060, , according to Citi’s Altenative Energy and Cleantech Research Group.

Arctic Sunset

Politics of a Warming Arctic

The front line of climate change and the politics of a warming Arctic – It was just a little over 100 years ago that Robert Peary’s expedition first reached the north pole – or at least very close. In 1991 eight “arctic nations” signed the Arctic Environmental Protection Strategy (AEPS), including Canada, the United States, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and…

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