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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Climate Progress Doesn’t Have to be Limited by Politics

In a time of high frustration over the state of US political engagement with climate change, it’s important to acknowledge the progress being made around the world on climate change and the environment. Even if, as Ed Waisenen noted in Climate Blue’s last blog post, environmental progress is stalled or reversed at the national level, …

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Environmental Justice Issues Pre-COP 22

As COP 22 is around the corner, let’s take a look at some of the most noteworthy issues that will be discussed pertaining to environmental justice: The Paris Agreement The climate change agreement negotiated during COP 21 in 2015 and ratified by 87 of 197 parties is going into effect today. Many environmental justice advocates …

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Some background leading into COP 22

As we start preparing to leave for the upcoming 22nd Conference of Parties (COP22), it is useful to reflect on what issues are at stake this year and what outcomes might be desirable. UNFCCC and the Paris Agreement The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been a negotiating body since its inception …

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