Tag Archives: climate action

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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Earth Day: The Paris Agreement and the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

The Paris Agreement is enhanced by the Initiative for Climate Action Transparency

Today is Earth Day. What more fitting moment could there be for the official signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement, adopted by 195 nations at the COP21 climate talks in Paris last December, representing 93 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The opening plenary of the conference on November 30 marked a record for the most heads of state ever assembled in one room at …

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Exxon’s Crimes Against Humanity

Exxon Knew: climate deception and crimes against humanity

It is now public knowledge that Exxon has known for decades that their core business is directly responsible for climate change. Even more damning is the fact that they covered up this knowledge. To make matters even worse, they actively participated and funded a sophisticated campaign to fuel climate denial and delay climate action as long as they could. As reviewed by InsideClimate News, …

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Searching for Hope in the Wake of the Midterm Climate Fiasco

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

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 mailing to his supporters: …

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President Obama Speech at the UN Climate Summit

People's Climate March in New York City

“We are the first generation to feel the effects of climate change, and the last generation that can do something about it” On the heals of the largest climate march in history in New York City, the United Nations Climate Summit gets underway. President Obama addresses the plenary session on meeting the challenge of climate change.   Featured image credit: South Bend Voice, courtesy …

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The UN Climate Summit and the People’s Climate March

The upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York will bring together world leaders and citizens determines to catalyze real action to combat climate change

Two major events are coalescing to give us hope that we may be able to muster the political will to finally tackle the climate crisis. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from government, finance, business, and civil society to a climate summit that will take place at UN headquarters on September 23, 2014. The goal of this meeting is to “galvanize and …

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Four British Columbia Professional Associations Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change

Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners, members of the Association of BC Forest Professionals, Association of Professional Biology, College of Applied Biology and Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) Representing 9,000 foresters, biologists and planners will integrate climate science throughout their memberships and call on government to support strong action on climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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