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…

Read More→

Is Phasing Out Fossil Fuel Subsidies Even on the Agenda in Warsaw?

For all their potential promise, apparent earnestness and gravity – not to mention their possible effects and potential ramifications – it’s hard at times not to be cynical about high-level political negotiations. Such might be felt of the United Nations (UN) climate treaty negotiations which got under way this week in Warsaw, Poland. People have good reason to be skeptical…

Read More→

G20 Business Summit: Sustainable Growth and Green Jobs

For the first time at a G-20 meeting, more than 100 CEOs met at a business summit and reviewed strategies for advancing a greener global economy. Although not widely reported, business leaders came together on November 10 and 11, as a prelude to the G20 Seoul Summit. The business summit brought together the heads of 120 of the world’s leading companies from 34 developed and…

Read More→

G20 Leaders to Meet and Discuss Global Warming…but only a little bit

On June 26-27, Leaders from the 20 largest economies will meet in Toronto, Canada as a part of the Group of 20 Summit.  These countries represent 85% of the world’s global warming pollution and 83% of the world’s economic output.   So with the Heads of Government of these powerhouse countries meeting, will climate change be on the agenda and will…

Read More→

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