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Feature: International Climate Change Negotiations

In Representatives from 194 countries are negotiating international efforts to address climate change in Durban, South Africa. In 2010, negotiators agreed to key elements of the international response to global warming. They created a new framework for greater transparency and accountability of emissions reductions around the world as well as mechanisms to spur low-carbon energy deployment, reduce deforestation, and seek to protect the populations most vulnerable to climate change impacts. In Durban it is critical that Individual countries continue to implement actions at home to reduce their pollution, while implementing international tools to help meet these commitments and reduce pollution even further. NRDC staff are participating in the negotiations and will be blogging from Durban.




Australia's climate pledge has plenty of room for improvement

Posted August 11, 2015 by Han Chen

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This week, the Australian Government led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced its intention to cut carbon emissions by 26 to 28 percent based on 2005 levels by 2030. This target has already drawn criticism from domestic and international civil...continued

Obama Administration taking bold action before Paris climate summit by finalizing Clean Power Plan

Posted August 6, 2015 by Han Chen

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This week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency released the finalized Clean Power Plan. This is the first ever regulation on carbon pollution from America's power plants. Under the Plan, the U.S. will reduce carbon pollution from power plants by...continued

South Korea Announces Climate Target in Advance of Paris Climate Agreement

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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South Korea has just proposed a target to cut their emissions in 2030 as a part of their international commitment for the climate agreement to be reached this December in Paris. As the seventh largest emitter in the world they...continued

China's new 2030 climate target will contribute to a lower and earlier emissions peak for China and the world

Posted June 30, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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China formally submitted its climate pledge for the post-2020 period in preparation for the new international climate agreement to be finalized this December in Paris. A number of these details were announced as part of the US-China climate agreement last...continued

Global energy emissions could peak by 2020 at no net costs, according to IEA

Posted June 17, 2015 by Han Chen

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The International Energy Agency's new World Energy Outlook Special Report on Energy and Climate Change reaffirms a number of pillars for a successful climate deal at this year's UN climate talks in Paris this December. The suggested policy measures, such...continued

Morocco first Arab country to submit climate pledge ahead of Paris negotiations

Posted June 11, 2015 by Han Chen

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Last Friday, Morocco became the first Arab country to submit its climate pledge for the next major climate meeting in Paris this December. This submission includes mitigation policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and policies for adaptation to climate...continued

G7 Agreement Adds Momentum to Strong Global Climate Agreement this Year

Posted June 8, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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The Group of Seven (G7) countries have sent a clear signal that they want a strong international climate agreement this year that puts the world on a much better path to avoiding the worst impacts of climate change. The G7...continued

Canada off track for 2020 climate target

Posted June 4, 2015 by Han Chen

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Today, Canada took part in the Multilateral Assessment, a review of the country's progress for meeting the climate commitment of a 17% reduction in emissions from 2005 levels by 2020. As my colleague Danielle Droitsch said a few days again,...continued

Ending the $73 Billion in Public Financing for Overseas Coal Projects: New Report

Posted June 2, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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This post was co-written by Han Chen. Countries have made repeated commitments to both fight climate change and end fossil fuel subsidies - particularly the G20 and G7 group of countries. And yet, billions of dollars' worth of government support...continued

International Climate Agreement in Paris has Solid Foundation

Posted May 28, 2015 by Han Chen

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The new climate agreement coming out of Paris this December will be difficult to secure, as it must accommodate countries with a huge spectrum of economic circumstances and climate-related issues. It isn't the first time that countries have attempted to...continued

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