COP23 Daily Brief

Refreshed each day, at Day 13 — Saturday, November 18 After hours of slow-moving debate about implementation of Article 9.5, relating to the communication of finance commitments, and about whether the Talanoa Dialogue would be considered a legal decision or rather a suggested blueprint from the presidencies, the closing plenary session of the COP23 resumed. It was well after midnight, more than 6 hours … Continue reading COP23 Daily Brief

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

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

The Global Goals Workstream

The Sustainable Development Goals—also known as the Global Goals—are a lens through which to measure local, national, and global progress on building a just, ecologically intelligent, free and prosperous human society. They encompass 17 areas of action, spanning both policy priorities and private-sector and community-level future-building. Among the 17 Global Goals, there are 169 Targets, designed to provide a framework for measuring that progress. Connecting … Continue reading The Global Goals Workstream

Oceans Workstream

UPDATE, April 22, 2016: Climate Change Degrading Underwater Forests Giant kelp can grow up to a foot every day, and the fifty-foot stipes and broad blades of the Catalina kelp sheltered an underwater menagerie. Seals would emerge from and disappear into the forest. Pink and green abalone lived in cracks beside lobster and octopuses; the rocks were covered with gorgonians, crustose coralline algae the color … Continue reading Oceans Workstream

April 20: Discussion with Katharine Hayhoe

On Wednesday, April 20, in Minneapolis, the Royal Norwegian Consulate General will host the first monthly round table discussion in the Arctic Frontiers series. The featured guest will be Dr. Katherine Hayhoe, and the discussion will be moderated by Joseph Robertson, Global Strategy Director at Citizens’ Climate Lobby. About Katharine Hayhoe A Canadian native, Dr. Hayhoe is an accomplished Professor at University of Texas. Her research … Continue reading April 20: Discussion with Katharine Hayhoe

Welcome to the New Age of Climate Exploration

by Joseph Robertson and David Thoreson Published in The Guardian, February 12, 2016 On December 12, the 21st annual meeting of the world’s climate negotiators closed with adoption of the Paris Agreement. The task agreed by consensus among 195 nations is clear, ambitious, and complex: re-engineer the infrastructure of the global economy to eliminate practices that destabilize Earth’s climate system, while ensuring ongoing and expanded prosperity for … Continue reading Welcome to the New Age of Climate Exploration

Polar Regions Workstream

Update: February 12, 2016 Twenty-one years ago, in the summer of 1994, a 57-foot fiberglass sailboat named Cloud Nine set sail, with captain Roger Swanson at the helm. Cloud Nine carried a crew of six, who were attempting to transit the fabled Northwest Passage from east to west. There was a tremendous amount of pack ice choking off all the routes through the Passage that summer, … Continue reading Polar Regions Workstream

The Paris Agreement & Earth’s Oceans

by Jérôme Chladek What happened at Paris in December 2015 is described by many politicians as well as commentators as historic, unprecedented and utterly surprising to even the most positive-minded participant. The Paris Agreement is the step forward our global community desperately needed to make, as stated by heads of state, activists, and commentators. The first universal accord for active mobilization of climate solutions now … Continue reading The Paris Agreement & Earth’s Oceans