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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.




Paris Climate Agreement Explained: What actions did countries commit to implement?

Posted December 21, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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The Paris Agreement on climate change includes new climate commitments from all major countries and a system to track country-level progress towards these targets. One-hundred and eighty-seven countries responsible for around 97 percent of the world's climate pollution announced specific...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: How will we track country progress?

Posted December 16, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Countries finalized an historic new international climate change agreement that will include new climate commitments from all major countries. More than 185 countries responsible for over 95 percent of the world's climate pollution announced specific national emissions reduction plans for...continued

The Eiffel Tower Could Be the Enduring Icon of the Climate Revolution in Paris

Posted December 16, 2015 by Jacob Scherr

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The Friday night before the nations of the world reached an historic agreement on climate change in Paris, the Eiffel Tower became the symbol of the concerns, hopes, and demands of people worldwide that our leaders take on the huge...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: the Action Agenda

Posted December 12, 2015 by Brendan Guy

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World leaders just hammered out a new global agreement on climate change - but that's not all that happened in Paris. There was also a simultaneous surge of more immediate climate actions from beyond national governments that will help put...continued

Paris Climate Agreement Explained: What's in it and where is it taking us?

Posted December 12, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Countries finalized an historic new international climate change agreement that will include new climate commitments from all major countries and set in motion efforts to require deeper emissions reduction commitments from all countries over time. The agreement contains provisions to...continued

Paris Daily Digest - Dec 9: Getting into the final days

Posted December 10, 2015 by Jake Schmidt

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Below is the update from Wed (Dec 9) from the climate negotiations in Paris. We are getting down to the wire, but we aren't done yet!. Also make sure to check-out "Insider Journal" from NRDC's President Rhea Suh. NEW NEGOTIATING...continued

From India to Paris: Fighting Climate Change Can Also Help Fight Poverty and Injustice

Posted December 10, 2015 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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Climate change is a global challenge that threatens all of us. But right now, it is hitting some communities harder than others. As leaders huddle in Paris to craft a universal agreement for stronger action on climate change, the...continued

Optimism and Urgency at the Paris Climate Talks

Posted December 9, 2015 by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz

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The sense of energy and optimism coursing through the Paris climate talks is extraordinary. Everywhere I go, people are buzzing about new announcements that will result in real progress in the fight against climate change. Whether it's mayors like...continued

China Acts to Control Shipping Air Pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Posted December 8, 2015 by Barbara Finamore

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The shipping industry is not only a major contributor to the air pollution choking many port cities, but also, as explained in a front page article in today's New York Times, one of the fastest growing sources of transport greenhouse...continued

Major Climate Finance Issues during the final week of the Paris Climate Conference (COP21)

Posted December 8, 2015 by Han Chen

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‎The negotiations are ramping up as chief negotiators from each country arrive in Paris. They are taking over for the next week to try and resolve the toughest issues in the draft text. One of the major questions for all...continued

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