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COP 20 and the Lima Call For Climate Action

Lima Call For Climate Action: The Long Road to Paris Begins

The long road to Paris begins – It seems little has changed in the negotiating process at the latest Conference of the Parties in Lima, Peru. Negotiations spilled into a marathon extended session at the COP 20 climate talks, finally ending Sunday morning, 31 hours after the scheduled end of the two-week conference, with what many call a “watered down” agreement. Sound…

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Yvo de Boer Leaves UNFCCC Post “Appalled” by International Inaction

Yvo de Boer officially steps down today from his post as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), making way for incoming UNFCCC chief Christiana Figueres. Mr. de Boer took over the position in September of 2006, shepherding the unwieldy international climate negotiating process through several landmark sessions, including Bali in 2007 and Copenhagen last…

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COP15 Climate Summit: The Expectations (part one in a series)

As we are quickly approaching the final stretch before the Copenhagen climate negotiations (less than a week to go before it begins), I thought I would try to give a quick summary of where the past 2 years of international negotiations have taken us and where we are headed. As I’ve said before, there are six key elements to the…

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