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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.




Europe takes first step towards Paris agreement: Commits to next round of emissions cuts

Posted October 24, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The European Union has agreed to an additional package of measures to address climate change as they become the first country to announce their post-2020 climate targets in advance of the Paris agreement next December. Europe agreed to cut their...continued

International Climate News October: Hints for Paris Emerge at Climate Summit, NRDC releases new Indian reports, & more

Posted October 17, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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400,000 PEOPLE DEMAND ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH THE PEOPLES CLIMATE MARCH The turnout for the peoples climate march was massive and historical by all standards. 400,000 people came, marched and demanded action on climate change in New York. The...continued

Climate Summit Focuses Leaders on the Work Ahead for Paris & Highlights Important New Dynamics

Posted September 26, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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The Climate Summit in New York brought together world leaders from over 125 countries, leading companies, 400,000 citizens demanding climate action, and other leading policymakers. After all that, it is hard to decipher the final impact. While the Summit clearly...continued

Leaders Can and Must Rise to the Challenge to Confront Climate Change

Posted September 19, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Next week over 125 Heads of Government will convene in New York City to outline actions that they are prepared to take now and in the future to address climate change. This isn’t the first time that leaders have engaged...continued

The Value of the Leaders' Climate Summit

Posted September 19, 2014 by Brendan Guy in Curbing Pollution, Green Enterprise, Solving Global Warming

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Many commentators have questioned the value of the leaders' Climate Summit on Tuesday at the United Nations. And if the meeting were a regular talkfest, I might be inclined to as well. But it’s not. This Summit is different.  The...continued

Emerging Consensus on Next Round of International Action on Climate Change

Posted June 16, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Another round of preparatory negotiations for the Paris 2015 climate agreement have concluded in Bonn, Germany. Each session always brings its ups and down, disagreements over a procedural issue, and a bit of posturing (after all this is a negotiation)....continued

US Power Sector Carbon Pollution Standards Matter: Global Implications

Posted June 3, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The Obama Administration announced the single most important thing the U.S. can do right now to fight climate change – enact strong carbon pollution standards for America’s power plants. These power plants are the largest single source of uncontrolled climate...continued

New Global Fund to Help Combat Climate Change Open for Business

Posted May 23, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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The Board of the Green Climate Fund – the new multilateral fund to support developing countries in efforts to address climate change – finalized its overarching business model so that countries can begin to direct resources through the fund. The...continued

Furthering International Climate Finance: Finalizing Some Key Threshold Issues for the Green Climate Fund

Posted May 16, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Solving Global Warming

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Countries will meet next week to take further steps to advance key threshold issues for the Green Climate Fund. The Fund was a key component of the agreements reached in Copenhagen in 2009 as it could help mobilize significant resources...continued

International Climate News April '14: China makes major reforms to its environmental law, data on 2013 global clean energy deployment

Posted May 6, 2014 by Jake Schmidt in Greening China, Solving Global Warming

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Below is a compilation of climate change and clean energy news from around the world. This compilation includes stories from April 2014. You can sign-up to receive these compilations in your email inbox. CHINA SIGNIFICANTLY STRENGHTENS ITS ENVIRONMENTAL LAW China’s top legislature...continued

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