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The Paris Agreement and the Trump Effect

Easier said than done Last week, Taryn Fransen and Kelly Levin of the World Resources Institute published an informative analysis on the “Trump Effect” on the Paris Agreement, signed in Paris at COP21 in  December 2015. It was historic in many respects, not least of which was that it was the first time the whole world agreed on anything so…

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In the spirit of Paris - COP21

The Art of the Possible: Paris Agreement Comes Into Force

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…

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Bonn climate talks open this week, starting on the road to Marrakech

The Road to Marrakesh: Bonn Climate Talks Begin, After Paris a “New Era of Collaboration”

At the start of climate change talks this week in Bonn at UN headquarters for the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), outgoing secretary general Christiana Figueres called the historic Paris Agreement the beginning of a “new era of collaboration” for climate negotiations. The 10-day conference in Bonn is the first UN climate meeting since COP 21 in Paris last December. After the formal…

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Nations at COP21: Credibility of INDCs

Beyond Aspirational Consensus: Increasing Credibility of INDCs After Paris

G20 and other countries should increase the credibility of their pledges on greenhouse gas emissions – Making credible the ambition expressed in the Paris Agreement becomes the focus in the afterglow of the COP21 climate conference. As always, the devil is in the details. A report released today by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and…

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Climate finance will lead to development of microgrids and distributed energy

COP21 Aftermath – How Climate Finance Can Support Development And Climate Objectives Through Renewable Microgrids

By Arnaud Henin The Paris climate negotiations have exceeded most expectations, concluding in an ambitious global agreement on limiting carbon emissions to restrain the impacts climate change. The agreement has several important aspects including a commitment from developed countries to a significant sum of $100 billion per year to support the transition of developing countries to a low-carbon development trajectory,…

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Turning the tide on climate change in 2016

Optimistic Climate Predictions for 2016 in the Wake of the COP21 Climate Deal

Last year was a breakthrough year for environmental action and the future looks bright for the coming year. In 2015, we saw a slate of bold carbon reduction efforts from President Obama and other world leaders. However, the crowning achievement of 2015 was the signing of the COP21 climate agreement, which has set the stage for even more ambitious action…

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Guarded optimism remains as the COP21 climate talks in Paris move into high gear

COP21, the Paris Agreement and the Art of the Possible

“Recognizing that climate change represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet and thus requires the widest possible cooperation by all countries, and their participation in an effective and appropriate international response, with a view to accelerating the reduction of global greenhouse gas emissions.” – Preamble to the Paris Agreement, Dec. 12, 2015  To answer…

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