Response Measures: What Are They and Why Are They Important?

On December 4th, 2019, I sat in a meeting of the “Katowice Committee of Experts on the Impacts of the Implementation of Response Measures” (KCI) and for three hours, I listened to world leaders discuss colors.  What exactly are “response measures,” and why are they a major strand of talks at COP25 in Madrid?  In …

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Article 6 – The Carbon Markets and the Issues

In 2015, 195 countries signed the global climate deal at the Paris climate conference (COP 21). The Paris Agreement aims to set an action plan pursuing efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. Each signatory shall submit a Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC), an estimation which embodies her goal in emission reduction. Last December in …

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How to Decarbonize Mid-sized Cities: A Perspective on Ann Arbor’s Carbon Neutrality Goal

By Zachary Berquist How do you decarbonize a city? By definition, the city would need to remove more carbon than it produces from its three sources: (1) electricity generation, (2) heating/cooling, and (3) mobility (or transportation). The first two are quite straightforward. For electricity generation, cities can procure electricity from renewable sources by partnering with …

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Blockchain for Climate Finance

The world is faced with an unconventional, unprecedented challenge – that of climate change – and needs unconventional ways to overcome it. The intersection of climate, finance and technology is doing just that, by turning to blockchain for climate finance. This was the hot topic at several discussion sessions at COP 24, and therefore, this …

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Is Our Climate Changing Faster Than We Are?

One major talking point at this year’s COP was the recently released IPCC’s Global Warming Special Report warning, which indicated a short, 12-year timeline for humans to limit devastating climate change. The take home message of this report was clearly understood by the attendees of the COP: the time to make drastic changes is short …

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COP24 to World: No Climate Progress Without Diversification!

The Problem of Implementation: In the face of immediate climate impacts and a closing window of opportunity to avoid irreversible catastrophic damage (see IPCC Special Report on 1.5 Degrees Celsius), the global policy toolbox to combat climate change appears limited. At COP24, delegations readily acknowledged these conditions, calling for a drastic ramp up of efforts …

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