Category Archives: International Climate Policy

On Keystone XL, John Kerry, and the global interest

Secretary of State Kerry calls on developing countries to reduce their carbon emissions, while U.S. corporations push exports of coal, oil, and natural gas. In the U.S. "National Interest Determination" on whether to approve construction of the Keystone XL tar sands … Continue reading

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Great Plains tribal chairmen walk out on State Dept Keystone XL consultation

Indian Country Today Media Network reports: Elders and chiefs of at least 10 sovereign nations walked out of a Keystone XL pipeline tribal consultation meeting with U.S. State Department officials in Rapid City, South Dakota, on May 16, calling the … Continue reading

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Talking with Al Jazeera about the Doha climate conference

We discussed the UN climate change conference in Doha on Al Jazeera English TV November 26, with questions about the U.S. role in the treaty negotiations and fairness in the relationship between the U.S. and developing countries in meeting climate … Continue reading

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Open letter to climate treaty negotiators: Leave 80% of coal, oil, and gas reserves in the ground

"If we want a 50-50 chance of staying below two degrees, we have to leave 2/3 of the known reserves of coal and oil and gas underground; if we want an 80% chance, we have to leave 80% of those … Continue reading

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Global investor network calls for low-carbon policy action dialogue with governments

A global network of institutional investor organizations responsible for roughly $22.5 trillion in assets has released a letter calling for a new dialogue between investors and “the governments of the world’s largest economies on climate policy and the development of … Continue reading

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Rio+20: Meaningful progress or lost opportunity?

How to move forward with progress on sustainability following Rio+20 – the short name for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development that was held in Rio de Janeiro in June 2012 – was the subject of discussion by a … Continue reading

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Have multinationals hijacked Rio+20?

Multinational corporations are well-represented at the Rio+20 conference in Brazil this week.  We talked with Al Jazeera English TV's Inside Story Americas, which asked, "whether in the push to attract so-called corporate stakeholders to the environmental cause, the UN summit … Continue reading

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Huge discrepancy in China's reported carbon emissions

China’s reported CO2 emissions show a 1.4 gigatonne (20%) discrepancy between national and provincial-level totals, a new study in Nature Climate Change reports.  That is 5% of the global total and is equivalent to Japan’s annual CO2 emissions.  It is due … Continue reading

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US Climate Change Envoy calls Durban climate summit a success

Representing the Obama Administration at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Jonathan Pershing, senior US climate negotiator at the State Department, took a more positive view of the 17th Conference of the Parties in Durban, South Africa, than CSW … Continue reading

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The American ‘99%’ as part of the global ‘1%’ in contributing to climate change

In response to our post on The Occupy Movement and the Climate Movement, we received two comments that raise issues suggesting a need to expand the discussion. We argued that the climate movement has much to learn and potentially adopt from … Continue reading

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