John Kerry made climate change a centerpiece of his first Asia tour as Secretary of State over the weekend, signing agreements with both Japan and China for cooperation in implementing practical measures for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The agreements with both nations stressed practical measures available for reducing greenhouse gases, largely ignoring the contentious United Nations process for hammering out an international climate change agreement that …Read More »
At the national and international level climate action is stalled under the unyielding weight of factionalism and meeting the diverse agenda of a global community. At the personal level the issues of climate change and building a sustainable future for our children seems overwhelming; whatever efforts we can lend to the cause feels too small and inadequate. In many ways meeting the challenge of climate change …Read More »
An assessment of Japan's commitments to UNFCCC Fast Start climate finance sheds light on international commitments and reporting shortcomings.Read More »
Earlier this month the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union wrapped in San Francisco. Peter Sinclair, videographer and publisher of Climate Denial Crock of the Week, put together this short video for Yale Climate Forum highlighting the perspectives of eight scientist on the state of the climate and their concerns for its future trajectory.Read More »
If We Want to Protect our Children from Gun Violence Shouldn’t We Also Want to Protect them from Deadly Pollution?
While there is growing agreement surrounding the need to protect children from gun violence, we continue to ignore another heinous issue that kills 1000 children every day. Protecting children from harm is a cultural universal, but we must concede that we failed to do so at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14th 2012. We must also admit that we are failing to protect our children …Read More »
The breach of confidentiality by a climate denialist doesn't alter the scientific facts and the conclusions of the IPCC's upcoming Fifth Assessment Report. It does, however, highlight the risks and dangers of trying to make an international science-policy process open and transparent.Read More »
In typical international climate summit fashion, COP18 ended in a last–minute marathon session complete with frustration, accusation, acrimony and a halting step forward in what is called the “Doha Climate Gateway” deal. One of the main features of the deal is breathing the last gasps of life into the Kyoto Protocol, the first commitment round of which is set to expire at the end …Read More »