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Obama-Xi Climate Agreement Opens Door to Success in Paris in 2015

November 12, 2014

President Obama’s historic agreement Wednesday with President Xi Jinping of China is the kind of bold action needed to reinvigorate the world’s efforts to slow and eventually reverse climate pollution. The president has opened the door to success with a global climate agreement in Paris next December. His climate leadership just might save the world from the most severe climate impacts before they become irreversible. read more

 


A Development-Savvy Climate Strategy for India

September 29, 2014

During his first official visit to the United States this week, India’s popular Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, will meet with President Obama, as well as with CEOs of top U.S. corporations, to encourage investment to support India’s development goals, which include providing renewable energy for the 400 million citizens who lack access today. read more

 


As Climate Impacts Accelerate, Speed of Mitigation Becomes Key

July 15, 2014

Bad news can be paralyzing, and that’s a problem when it comes to climate change. The steady drumbeat of bad news can numb us. We’ve recently learned that a large part of the West Antarctica ice sheet is disintegrating and cannot be stopped, with ten feet or more of sea-level rise now inevitable. More recently we learned the bad news from the U.S. climate assessment, confirming that climate impacts have moved “firmly into the present,” with costs mounting quickly — more than $100 billion in the U.S. alone in 2012 — and a near certainty that things will get worse quickly. read more

 


Obama Orders New Efficiency for Big Trucks

February 18, 2014

President Obama on Tuesday ordered the development of tough new fuel standards for the nation’s fleet of heavy-duty trucks as part of what aides say will be an increasingly muscular and unilateral campaign to tackle climate change through the use of the president’s executive power. read more

 


Davos 2014: Achim Steiner insider diary

January 25, 2014

Achim Steiner, executive director of UNEP, sees much progress, but Davos is but one moment on the long road to change. After three days in Davos, solving the world’s problems in 90 minute sessions through facilitated discussions leading to the ‘one big idea’ begins to challenge common sense. read more

 


World Bank Group President: This Is the Year of Climate Action

January 23, 2014

At the World Economic Forum in Davos, President Jim Yong Kim called for a price on carbon, requiring companies to disclose their climate risk exposure, and greater investment in green bonds in the fight against climate change. The forum starts off a busy year for climate action as leaders in government, business, and finance aim for an international climate agreement in 2015. “Now is the time to act for future generations before it is too late,” Kim said. read more

 


Climate change leads agenda at Davos economic talks

January 21, 2014

When corporate leaders and politicians gather today for the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting, climate change will dominate their agenda in an unprecedented way. read more

 


The Montreal Protocol, a Little Treaty That Could

December 9, 2013

Here is a remarkable fact about global warming: It might be twice as bad right now were it not for a treaty negotiated by a conservative American president, for an entirely different purpose, based on motives no one has ever quite understood. read more

 


Dems to EPA: Act Now on Potent Greenhouse Gas

December 4, 2013

A group of House and Senate Democrats is pressing EPA for quick action to curb use of potent greenhouse gases used in air conditioners, refrigerators, and other equipment. read more

 


India protests U.S.-led push to curb HFCs with Montreal Protocol

November 21, 2013

The Indian environment minister today threw cold water on U.S. efforts to curb heat-trapping gases used in air conditioners and refrigerators. Speaking to ministers and diplomats gathered here for United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change talks, Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan said… read more

 

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