This op-ed originally appeared in the Business Standard. Varad Pande works for the Ministry of Rural Development and has advised on two recent UN panels on sustainable development. These views are personal. Varad Pande: Some convenient truths for 'green growth'...continued→
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.
- Summaries on the actions of China (fact sheet and Greening China blog), India (fact sheet), United States, Canada, and Chile
- Details on specific actions to address climate change in key countries (China renewable energy law, smart grid, building energy efficiency, greening the supply chain, industrial energy efficiency, carbon intensity, and carbon capture and storage; India building energy efficiency, India-US collaboration, and environmental governance; stopping tar sands in Canada; Chile renewable energy; and “reviving a rainforest” in Chile).
- NRDC’s recommendations on “Tracking Carbon with Transparency” (official submission on developed country and developing country monitoring, reporting, and verification), deforestation policies, carbon markets , and carbon capture and storage
I have just returned from the most recent round of international climate negotiations in Warsaw. While many observers were discouraged and hundreds of civil society activists walked out on the talks, I came away somewhat more optimistic. I focused not...continued→
A round of international talks on climate change ended with a fizzle over the weekend. The Philippines delegate Naderev Sano made an impassioned plea in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan to end “the climate madness.” And delegates from developing nations walked out...continued→
The negotiations in Warsaw, Poland have just wrapped up. World leaders have their work cut out for them, but the path is clear. Key countries must outline their proposed new emissions target for the period after 2020 before early 2015. They...continued→
Since 2007, over $59 billion of public financing has supported coal projects through funding from development banks and international financial institutions in key countries. For these countries, the Japanese government is the mostly heavily invested, followed by the United States...continued→
This week, I've joined climate negotiators from 190 countries in Warsaw, Poland, as part of a series of annual meetings to set the stage for the 2015 Paris climate conference. Meeting on the heels of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the...continued→
Japan has formally signaled that it will renege on its climate commitment to reduce emissions. Instead of significantly reducing emissions they are now saying that they will have their emissions increase. This is a disappointment that is drawing scorn from...continued→
This year's U.N. climate conference in Warsaw was expected to be a quiet international gathering. The horrific, still-unfolding tragedy wrought by Typhoon Haiyan half a world away has changed that. Spurred by a heartfelt opening-day appeal by the delegate from the...continued→
International Climate Update Oct '13: Chile to have 20% renewables by 2025, US to vote no on int'l coal projects, & more
Below is a compilation of climate change and clean energy news from around the world. This compilation includes stories from October 2013. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. CHILE COMMITS TO MORE RENEWABLE ENERGY The Chilean government...continued→
The U.S. released new guidelines that direct how the U.S. will vote on coal projects proposed by development banks such as the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, and the Asian Development Bank. Over the past 5 years...continued→