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. All parties are required to submit the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), which embodies national goals to reduce emissions. 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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