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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.

Next Step on Road to Climate Agreement in Paris Wraps Up in Geneva

Posted February 13, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Today countries wrapped up the first climate negotiation session of 2015 as they work to finalize a new international legal agreement in Paris later this year. The negotiations this week in Geneva were aimed at turning ideas into the beginning...continued

Counting Up Cities' Energy Savings and Climate Commitments

Posted January 9, 2015 by Brendan Guy

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If you're driving your car in suburban Copenhagen, the newly installed LED streetlights will brighten as you approach, then dim once you pass. If you're riding your bike, sensors embedded in those lights will soon tell you the fastest route...continued

Countries know they have to be bold and ambitious next year: Lima negotiations set that in motion

Posted December 14, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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The international climate negotiations have just wrapped up in Lima, Peru. This meeting was to set key directions for the new international climate agreement in next December in Paris. In Paris countries are to agree on a new international...continued

New NAZCA portal showcases groundswell of climate action

Posted December 11, 2014 by Brendan Guy

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While the true purpose of the famous Nazca Lines may never be known, a new tool ensures the full extent of climate actions around the globe can be easily recognized by all. Today marked “Lima Climate Action” day at the...continued

Progress at Climate Negotiations in Lima, More Work for Ministers

Posted December 8, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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Negotiators have spent the last week in Lima, Peru trying to lay the foundation for a strong agreement next year in Paris. Unfortunately we have gone through the normal routine of foot dragging and posturing from some countries. As Ministers...continued

Climate Meeting in Lima: Setting Key Direction for New International Climate Agreement in Paris

Posted December 1, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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In December 2015 at a high-level meeting in Paris, countries are to agree on a new international climate agreement that will require much deeper action by all countries. For the next two weeks, countries are beginning another round of climate...continued

US Financial Support of Green Climate Fund is in America's Interest

Posted November 20, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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The U.S. and other countries have pledged initial resources to help the Green Climate Fund (GCF) spur emissions reductions in developing countries and assist the most vulnerable in adapting to the impacts of climate change. The U.S. pledge of $3...continued

China and US Make Important Commitment to Deep Climate Targets

Posted November 13, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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Chinese President Xi and President Obama just made a huge announcement. They committed to even deeper cuts in their climate pollution than many expected was achievable just a few short years ago. They specified targets that clearly signal that both...continued

U.S. Can Still Implement Strong International Climate Actions

Posted November 7, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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A lot of policymakers and commentators are speculating about what this week’s elections will mean for U.S. efforts to address climate change at home and abroad. The shift in control of the U.S. Senate means that GOP leaders will likely...continued

China Evolving to Coal Consumption Peak & Strong Climate Commitments

Posted November 5, 2014 by Jake Schmidt

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Working on international climate change issues over the years I’ve seen the debate shift profoundly in several ways. One of the key shifts is the perception that countries like China aren’t doing anything on climate change – a relic of...continued


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