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COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

The long road to Paris begins – It seems little has changed in the negotiating process at the latest Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. Negotiations spilled into a marathon extended session at the COP 20 climate talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound…

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Coalition Calls on White House to Institute Strong Coal Ash Disposal Regulations

A coalition of 120 organizations has sent a letter to the White House requesting the first-ever federal regulations governing coal ash disposal be strong and comprehensive. The EPA is expected to issue a final proposed rule by December 19.

COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

COP 20 Underway in Lima

The 20th Conference of the Parties – COP 20 – opened yesterday in Lima, Peru. The meeting builds on the work done over the past 5 years in the aftermath of the disappointing Copenhagen Accord of COP 15 in Copenhagen. The major hurdles of building an international post-Kyoto Protocol climate treaty, primarily the issues between developing and developed countries, scuttled…

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Understanding Beijing and China’s Air Pollution Problem

A combination of emissions from vehicles, power and industrial plants along with wind and weather patterns is responsible for dangerously high levels of air pollution in Beijing and cities across China, a threat that China’s government are just now taking steps to address.

U.S. pledges $3 billion for Green Climate Fund

U.S Commits $3 Billion to Green Climate Fund

Last week signaled two potentially significant advances in the international effort to deal with climate change. On Wednesday China and the United States, the world’s two largest greenhouse gas emitters, announced a “historic” agreement to limit emissions. Then on Friday sources revealed the Obama administration’s intention to pledge $3 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) as a “call to arms” focusing attention on climate…

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Maintaining hope in the face of an onslaught of money and denial in the 2014 midterm elections

Searching for Hope in the Wake of the Midterm Climate Fiasco

For all those who support climate action, it is hard to find a reason to hope in the wake of the 2014 midterms. The fact that most of the new slate of Republicans deny the scientific consensus on climate change and support fossil fuels warrants our despair. President Obama cautions us to avoid cynicism. As Obama said in a recent…

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First High-Fidelity Maps of Carbon Stocks in Mexico, Peru

Researchers and governments in Mexico and Peru collaborated to produce quickly and cheaply produce national inventories of carbon stocks that could prove invaluable to reducing deforestation and carbon emissions, and charting sustainable development pathways.