Talanoa Dialogue builds trust to raise ambition

The Talanoa Dialogue is an historic breakthrough for the UN climate negotiations, and also for defining the shape of the global civic space. Recognizing that the Paris Agreement mandate to 195 national governments to facilitate each other’s raising of ambition in 2018 would require vast amounts of new information, Fiji’s COP23 presidency called for a year-round Preparatory Phase, through which stakeholders from around the world … Continue reading Talanoa Dialogue builds trust to raise ambition

CPLC Roundtable at COP23

COP23 Roundtable explores how carbon pricing can build value across societies The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) held a high-level roundtable event in Bonn, on Finance Day at the COP23. The meeting was an important opportunity for the Coalition membership to share views, provide updates on new and emerging efforts, and discuss ways to intensify the market signal sent by existing policies. Côte d’Ivoire sent … Continue reading CPLC Roundtable at COP23

COP23 Day Zero Brief

The COP23 is an interim planning conference, in which the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will explore ways to operationalize and accelerate their national climate-action plans. The nations of the world will also collaborate in the design of the 2018 Facilitative Dialogue on progress toward the Paris Agreement goals for 2020. It can be seen as a launch-sequence coordinating conference. It … Continue reading COP23 Day Zero Brief

Supranational Leadership from Local Government

The climate policy process is complicated by overwhelming complexity on many levels: The climate system touches all of Earth’s energy-management and life-support systems. The energy economy touches all areas of human activity. Any one nation’s contribution to solving climate change is just a fraction of the global action required. 195 nations negotiate for consensus in a diplomatic process operating both through national policy and highly … Continue reading Supranational Leadership from Local Government

Signals of Paris Progress

ParisProgress.org tracks the implementation of the Paris Agreement, specifically in terms of the overall science-based targets of reducing emissions to allow for a maximum 1.5ºC global average surface temperature rise by mid-century. The methodology is simple: provide readers with an index of major platforms for implementation, so that these platforms can be seen in one place achieving visible progress. To provide added context, we are … Continue reading Signals of Paris Progress

Warming Makes Storms Stronger

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma would not be as intense without warmer atmospheric and oceanic conditions. Nor, for that matter, would Jose and Katia. Science knows this. It is not theory; it is not speculation. We don’t need statistical models to prove this statement. If Atlantic basin climate conditions at the site of these storms were cooler, the storms would carry less water. The HIJK rapid-fire … Continue reading Warming Makes Storms Stronger

No Surrender: Paris is Now the People’s Business

The Paris Agreement is a very good thing for the United States—for its people, its economy, and for its sovereign interest in a world that favors both democratic institutions and peace. Yesterday, President Trump declared open opposition to the intelligent, inclusive, innovative planning of a vibrant American future. He justified this decision using fake evidence, making false claims about what the Paris Agreement does, and … Continue reading No Surrender: Paris is Now the People’s Business

The Irresistible Efficiency of Climate-Smart Finance

Full-spectrum financial sector transition to low-emissions business models is possible. In fact, it is already underway. Resilience-focused finance enhances the health and longevity of investments and expands the capability of any given dollar to generate added value in the world. The why is both simple and complex: simple, because it is simply better to avoid risk that pervades the whole economy and feeds back negative value to whatever we do… … Continue reading The Irresistible Efficiency of Climate-Smart Finance

Paris Agreement: a Smart Deal to Benefit Every Nation’s Priorities

There is no nation whose best possible future includes failure of the Paris Agreement There is a dangerous misunderstanding about the Paris Agreement whirling around the new US administration. Opponents argue the global accord imposes unfair costs and hampers US economic progress; in fact, the Paris Agreement is a first-of-its-kind climate-energy-trade agreement, where each nation is rewarded for doing what is best for its long-term … Continue reading Paris Agreement: a Smart Deal to Benefit Every Nation’s Priorities

The Time for Everywhere-Active Climate Civics is Here

We’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how the shifting political ground of recent months affects the project of opening up a new and wider space for climate civics around the world. As some political forces seem to be arrayed against serious progress on mitigating climate change, we see the role of local, national, and supranational citizen participation in climate policy as more vital … Continue reading The Time for Everywhere-Active Climate Civics is Here