On Tuesday morning in Paris, Oxfam Australia’s executive director, Helen Szok, issued the following statement about the ongoing COP21 negotiations: “Developing countries are at risk of being squeezed out of critical negotiations as the pace of talks intensifies. The small delegations of the poorest countries are being stretched, and it is vital that ministers ensure their voices are heard on critical issues like climate funding as the deadline for the Paris deal looms.” TriplePundit sat down with Heather Coleman, who manages Oxfam America’s climate policy work, to find out more.
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Held yesterday at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the World Climate Summit and the subsequent award ceremony held by Sustainia offered a fascinating counterpoint to the official COP21 negotiations. The event offered one overarching insight: We are now hitting the change of tides in sustainability. But just as the amplitude of tides and their timing are a function of multiple factors — including the alignment of the Sun and Moon, deep ocean tide patterns and the shape of the coastline — four ultimately variables will co-determine how the current change of tides in sustainability will play out. They are discussed in the blog post.
What do former U.S. President Richard Nixon and Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy have to do with COP21? Eban Goodstein, director of the MBA in Sustainability and the Center for Environmental Policy at Bard College, explains.
Protecting our beautiful world and environment for future generations is the responsibility of all of us. We the people, the companies and the government all live on the planet — and we all have a role to play.
The world is coming together to try to build a clean energy future, but the UNFCC COP21 Paris climate talks themselves are being bankrolled by the very companies that got us into this mess.
The election of the New Democratic Party’s candidate, Rachel Notley, in Alberta, Canada, was declared by BBC News to be a “political earthquake. Not wasting any time, she unveiled a new climate action plan at the end of November, just days before the Paris climate summit.
As leaders from around the world are meeting over two weeks in Paris to advance collective action on climate change, it’s heartening to note that transportation continues to gain prominence as an accepted path to cleaning up pollution.
The building and construction industry has the potential to avoid about 3.2 gigatons of CO2 equivalent by 2050 through mainstreaming already existing technologies, experts said during a media briefing on Thursday for the Lima-Paris Action Agenda’s Focus on Buildings.
If you haven’t already heard, the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP21) kicked off this week in Paris — and the TriplePundit team is on the ground taking in all the action. Did you catch all the big news? Spend a few minutes this afternoon to make sure.
COP21 may produce an agreement on reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). But for REDD to work and save forests, we must help empower people and communities living in and around them to manage them sustainably. Community forestry could be the single greatest untapped resource for closing the “emissions gap” between the agreements made in Paris and what’s required to hold global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Let’s be real for a second. United Nations negotiations are complex. Transparency is key to an agreement that not only makes sense, but one to which we can hold governments — and companies — accountable.
“What makes this Paris set of discussions different than any before is that the financial leadership and corporate leadership are here in strength, saying we need to act on climate,” Ceres CEO Mindy Lubber said at COP21 on Thursday.
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