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The United States sends an important message with the announcement of its emissions reduction target

U.S. Announces Climate Target, Sends Important Message for COP 21 Talks

The following article originally published in the NRDC Switchboard blog and is republished here with the author’s permission Today the U.S. formally proposed that it would cut its emissions 26-28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This emission reduction target shows a commitment to strong action from the U.S. to cut its carbon pollution and sends a powerful signal to…

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Hints from Panama and Beyond: We Can Climate Change Negotiations Accomplish at COP17 in Durban, South Africa?

The following article is reposted from Jake’s NRDC blog “Switchboard.” This is part of a three-part series on the state of the global warming negotiations in the lead-in to the Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa this December.  This post—Part 3— covers “what really matters” – actions on the ground.  Part 1 outlined the state of negotiations on the key…

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Budget Passed in Congress Will Invest in International Efforts to Curb Global Warming (but still not enough)

This post first appeared on the Natural Resources Defense Council blog Switchboard The long drama of whether or not the US Congress would invest in international efforts to curb global warming pollution or gut these investments is finally over – at least for the rest of this fiscal year.  Last week President Obama signed into law a budget for the…

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Contradictions in Climate Change Negotiations: Tianjin to Cancun

The last round of international global warming negotiations before countries meet in Cancun, is wrapping up.  The meeting in Cancun needs to begin the process of implementing key elements of the international response to global warming.  Cancun isn’t expected to agree to a “new treaty”, establish a new “binding agreement”, or finalize all aspects of international action on this critical…

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Climate Change Negotiations Part Way through the Week in Tianjin

Countries meeting here in Tianjin, China are trying to make final progress before the world comes together in Cancun.  As I outlined there are some essential elements that need to be agreed in Cancun to prove to the world that this process can deliver real action, to begin to implement key elements of the international response to climate change, and…

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Key Steps on Global Warming Need to be Agreed in Mexico at COP16 Later This Year

This December, 194 countries will be in Cancun, Mexico to continue negotiations on international efforts to address climate change.  My colleagues and I are in Mexico City this week for a series of discussions with key government officials, NGOs, businesses, and members of the media so we’ve been reflecting on Cancun. The Cancun climate negotiation session (COP16) must serve three…

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Energy Ministers meet in US to Discuss Clean Energy: Who will be in the clean energy race?

The race for the clean energy future comes to Washington, DC today—only symbolically if the US doesn’t seize the moment.  Energy ministers from 20 countries that account for over 80% of the world’s global warming pollution are in the US to discuss how to speed up the deployment of clean energy throughout the world, as a part of the Clean…

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