Policy & Government
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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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The regional transportation mess and the role that tech companies can play in helping enable progress towards a better more sustainable, Bay Area.
The crowd expected the longtime climate activist to come prepared with a compelling narrative that made the case for strong action coming out of the conference — and Gore did not disappoint.
On Tuesday morning the World Bank, along with governments and business leaders, announced a new global initiative: the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition.
Some of the most interesting perspectives at the Paris climate conference will come from the leaders of developing nations. How will they delicately balance mitigating carbon emissions, as they must also help the hundreds of millions of people in their countries get out of poverty, entailing an inevitable increase in consumption worldwide?
There is incredible optimism that the ongoing global climate talks in Paris will produce, finally, a strong climate agreement. That being said, there are still some serious barriers that need to be overcome, none more so than determining an equitable and transparent system for climate finance.
The World Banks’s Transformative Carbon Asset Facility, announced yesterday during the COP21 talks in Paris, will attempt to find new ways to develop greenhouse gas reduction programs in developing countries.