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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.

Key Elements of the Paris Climate Agreement - deepening international action

Posted November 25, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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World leaders will meet in Paris to finalize an international climate change agreement that will require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries. If all goes well, all major countries will enshrine their new climate commitments in this agreement. The...continued

Latin America Green News COP21 Edition: Latin America gears up for Paris

Posted November 24, 2015 by Maria Martinez

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Latin America Green News is a selection of weekly news highlights about environmental and energy issues in Latin America. This week and the following two we will focus on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change negotiations held in...continued

Paris Climate Conference: Major greenhouse gas emitters' climate pledges for COP21

Posted November 24, 2015 by Han Chen

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Before the Paris climate conference has even started, the outline of a future agreement has already been established. In the months prior to the upcoming conference, the pledges of over 160 countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions have already...continued

Keep It Under the Sea

Posted November 17, 2015 by Niel Lawrence

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Wow. That just happened. President Obama rejected the "inevitable" Keystone XL pipeline. He stood up to some powerful interests--and he made the right call. The stuff TransCanada wanted to pump through Keystone was about the dirtiest oil out there. Federal...continued

Getting Closer to Phasing Down Hydrofluorocarbons Under the Montreal Protocol: Early Updates from Dubai

Posted November 3, 2015 by Anjali Jaiswal

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Guest blog by Nehmat Kaur and Bhaskar Deol Climate change is a "top threat" to India's economy, according to key Modi government officials. India and countries around the world have an immediate opportunity to take action to reduce the climate...continued

China Explores Demand Response as a Cost-Effective Climate Strategy

Posted October 30, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

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[Hyoungmi Kim, NRDC, and Xia Xin, NDRC, at the 6th Annual U.S.-China Energy Efficiency Forum (EEF)/Barbara Finamore] China is exploring a number of innovative methods for reducing carbon emissions and air pollution, including managing increasing power consumption through the...continued

Will Global Leaders Take the Immediate Opportunity for Climate Action During the Montreal Protocol Meeting in Dubai?

Posted October 27, 2015 by Anjali Jaiswal

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Blog post by Nehmat Kaur, Bhaskar Deol and Anjali Jaiswal. While the Paris climate talks dominate headlines, world leaders have an immediate opportunity to take action on climate change. At the Montreal Protocol meetings next week, countries can agree to...continued

Why Japan's Climate Action Deserves a Failing Grade

Posted October 22, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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We have given a "climate grade" to key countries for their climate actions and new targets in the lead-in to the Paris climate agreement. Nobody is receiving top marks - an "A+" - but some countries are receiving failing grades....continued

Country "Report Cards" - Evaluating national climate pledges for the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris

Posted October 20, 2015 by Han Chen

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The climate negotiations in Paris this December rests on four key pillars: (1) a universal agreement (2) the climate pledges of countries (the "INDCs"), (3) finance and (4) the actions of local authorities, and non-state actors such as civil society...continued

Why Canada gets an "F" grade for its action on climate change

Posted October 20, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Countries accounting for more than ninety percent of the world's emissions have announced new climate actions in preparation for the Paris agreement to be adopted this December. But not all of those climate action plans deserve a passing grade. In...continued


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