Look Under the Hood of the Climate Negotiations (Getting the Copenhagen Agreement Running)

The two-week global warming negotiations in Bangkok, Thailand are just wrapping up. There are five key elements to the Copenhagen Agreement (as I’ve discussed on a number of occasions): Strong leadership from developed countries with firm and aggressive emissions reductions targets in the near-term (e.g., 2020 and 2030) and strong signals that they will significantly reduce emissions in the medium-term…

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It’s the Little Things: Global Warming Negotiations with 21 (or so) Negotiation Days Left

You know the saying: “it’s the little things that matter”.  Well you can’t really take that saying too literally when discussing global warming pollution as it is the big things that ultimately matter such as pollution reduction cuts, assistance for developing countries in cutting emissions further, and support for the most vulnerable countries to adapt to the impacts of global…

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Shifting into High Gear: Wrapping up Climate Week, G20 Outcome & On to Bangkok

Promising developments from last week’s G20 conference.

Important Week for Global Warming – Some Rays of Hope for Global Efforts

Jake Schmidt, Director of International Policy for the Natural Resources Defense Council, outlines some important events this week and positive signs in the international community that helps dispel growing pessimism that not enough progress is being made to insure a positive outcome in at the Climate Conference in Copenhagen this December

Obama Administration Comes out in Support of Key International Provisions in Climate Bill

Deforestation reduction, clean energy export, and international adaptation assistance or three key issues offered support from the Obama administration for inclusion in climate legislation negotiations in the Senate

US is Starting to Make a Down Payment on Funding International Climate Change Efforts

This past Wednesday (June 17, 2009) the Appropriations Subcommittee of the House of Representatives that has jurisdiction over the international global warming pieces of President Obama’s budget passed a bill that supported increasing US commitments to these needed efforts.  The funding will make a “down payment” in helping developing countries deploy clean energy, reduce global warming pollution from tropical deforestation,…

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Major Economies Meet on Global Warming – What should they decide?

Major economies are meeting to discuss climate change in the months before negotiations in Copenhagen this December. What should this talks entail to ensure effective global policies are forged to combat climate change?