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The UN Climate Summit and the People’s Climate March

The upcoming UN Climate Summit in New York will bring together world leaders and citizens determines to catalyze real action to combat climate change

Two major events are coalescing to give us hope that we may be able to muster the political will to finally tackle the climate crisis. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders from government, finance, business, and civil society to a climate summit that will take place at UN headquarters on September 23, 2014. The goal of this meeting is to “galvanize and …

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Civil Society Walkout as COP19 Comes to Disappointing Conclusion

Lack of progress leads many from NGO's and civil society to walk out of climate talks at COP19 in Warsaw

Even going in with low expectations, there is a profound sense of disappointment in Warsaw as the COP19 climate talks wind down. On Thursday, representatives from more than 800 environmental groups, NGO’s and civil society walked out of the meeting hall in protest of the lack of progress in Warsaw. From the start, ambition was flagging among developed countries for curbing global greenhouse gas …

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Climate Finance and Why We Cant Give Up on the UN COP Process

Progress, however halting, in climate finance and other important issues is reason to not give up on the COP process

Despite the expectation that we will see progress on climate finance, there are a number of people who are cynical about the outcome of COP 19. Every year around this time, as we settle in for UN climate talks, an army of pundits come out and tell us why we will not see anything of great consequence from the negotiations. They usually end up …

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COP 19 Opens in Warsaw With Modest Expectatations

Modest expectations set the tone for negotiations at the COP19 climate conference in Warsaw

Today marks the beginning of the COP19 climate talks, this year hosted in Warsaw, Poland. Expectations for ambitious progress in the coming two weeks are dampened by economic concerns, despite expression of increasing urgency from the scientific community for effective action. The the next big target for international negotiations is 2015, when the deadline for a legally-binding international climate treaty comes due for the COP21 …

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Climate Negotiations Wind Down in Bonn, Seek a More Flexible Approach on the Road to Paris and COP 21

Climate negotiations in Bonn end on a guardedly positive note

The latest round of climate negotiations wound down last Friday in Bonn, Germany with most delegates from the nearly two hundred countries represented expressing guarded optimism that progress has been made toward laying the groundwork for an international agreement to be signed in 2015 at the COP 21 climate conference in Paris. In learning lessons from the past, especially with the disappointing outcome of …

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U.S. Pledges Far-Reaching Climate Cooperation with China and Japan: the Possibility of Progress Beyond Formal UN Climate Talks

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 …

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The DOHA Climate Gateway: Stumbling Toward a Global Agreement

Halting progress made at COP18

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 …

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