Climate Change and Politics

John Kerry Gives Impassioned Speech at COP22

Climate change under a Trump presidency. Darkness

“I’m not a Cassandra, but I am a realist. Time is not on our side.”  – John Kerry at COP22 Secretary of State John Kerry pulled no punches in a speech at the COP22 climate talks, now in their second week in Marrakesh, Morocco. A stalwart champion of climate change action throughout his career, Kerry made clear the outgoing Obama administration will do all in …

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Environmental Advocacy Under a Trump Presidency

Environmental advocacy under Trump presidency will not be easy. It may seem like a lonely fight, but we stand united and strong as we fight for a sustainable future

Election 2016, the morning after Wednesday morning, coming to grips with a Trump presidency: The slow motion wreck that was election 2016 has finally ended, the smoke has cleared, and now we find ourselves in a very strange place. Not where we wanted to be. We should take the time to mourn the loss we feel, embrace the foreboding sense of fear for what lay …

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President-Elect Trump, the U.S., Climate Change and Sustainable Development

Environmental, climate change and renewable energy industry participants and proponents are gearing up for four long, lean years in the wake of Donald Trump's surprise U.S. election victory. They're not abandoning all hope, however; and Trump could pull an even greater surprise if he does an about-face and embraces Obama's legacy of helping build U.S. renewable energy and clean tech industries that are bringing back middle-class U.S. jobs and spurring investment, innovation and entrepreneurship in ways that benefit US and global society in multiple ways.

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Prime Beachfront Property: Washed Away by Rising Tides

Nearly 100 feet of prime beach has been lost in the popular Maya Riviera resort town of Playa del Carmen since 2010 despite the millions spent to preserve it. Hotel and resort owners in Cancun once again are calling on Mexico's federal government to bail them out.

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UN Kigali Amendment Boosts Global Environmental, Climate Change Prospects

Amending the Montreal Protocol

National representatives to the UN Montreal Protocol took action to phase out production and use of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) at a meeting in Kigali, Rwanda this past week. In addition to further reducing destruction of atmospheric ozone, the Kigali Agreement is expected to reduce projected mean global temperature rise 0.5 degrees Celsius over the course of the century.

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The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The mood in Paris last December was unmistakable, the optimism palpable. After decades of gridlock and disappointment, the negotiation at the COP21 climate conference held to its promise of progress. As Andrew Deutz, Director of International Government Relations for the Nature Conservancy told me, what was different about COP21 from past negotiations was this time “there were no villains.” From the very first day, …

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Trudeau Administration Launches Pan-Canadian Carbon Pollution Pricing Plan

Canada carbon pricing

The proposed framework leaves it up to Canada's 10 provincial governments to choose the policy instruments and mechanisms -- direct charges or a cap-and-trade system -- to achieve a national goal of bringing greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent below 2005 levels while fostering job creation and economic growth.

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