Christiana Figueres: ‘Energy for everyone and emissions from no one’

October 26, 2017 by  
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What does the next decade look like for the U.N.’s former executive secretary of the Convention on Climate Change?

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Akamai’s Texas wind PPA ups the renewable energy ante

October 26, 2017 by  
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The midsize American cloud-delivery platform sets an example for how small electricity buyers can grow the renewables market.

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The climate finance architecture the world needs

March 27, 2017 by  
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LDCF? GCF? CIF? The landscape of funds designed to help countries implement climate mitigation and adaptation projects is complex. Here’s a primer.

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Trump advisers seek loopholes to allow ASAP withdrawl from Paris climate deal

November 14, 2016 by  
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US President-elect Donald Trump has promised on more than one occasion to “cancel” the country’s participation in the historic Paris climate deal, leading many to ask, “Can he even do that?” Although ratifying nations can undo their commitment to the international climate accord, the process is not exactly simple or fast. Yet, a new report says Trump is looking for the quickest way out . An anonymous source from Trump’s climate and energy transition team told Reuters that the president-elect and his advisers are trying to find a way to bypass the typical four-year exit process called for in the terms of agreement, which activated on November 4, 2016. The source told Reuters last week “it was reckless for the Paris agreement to enter into force before the election.” The historic international climate deal (written December 2015) met the participation threshold on October 4 that called for the agreement to activate 30 days later, on November 4. As of this weekend, 109 of nearly 200 countries around the globe have ratified the agreement. The accord outlines measures for nations that wish to withdraw from participation, citing a four-year wait before exit procedures could begin. Since the deal just went into force this month, it means the first opportunity to withdraw would not come until November 4, 2020 according to Article 28 of the international agreement. Related: Trump taps top climate denier to lead EPA transition team Trump’s advisers, according to Reuters’ anonymous source, are considering other methods of sidestepping the US commitment to the Paris climate deal. The possible options include pulling out of the 1992 UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (the Paris deal’s parent treaty), nullifying US participation in both agreements in one year from now, or creating an executive order to delete the US signature from the Paris deal. Any of these moves would be controversial in its own right, creating conflicts with other nations and paving the way for dangerous US policies that work against environmental protections, rather than for them. To say that climate change is a serious issue is the understatement of our lifetime; a recent United Nations report showed that global temperature increases are on track to exceed the parameters that the Paris climate deal were based on. Rather than fending off a 1.5-2C increase (over pre-industrial levels), world leaders may actually be tasked with combating a 3C increase that will wreak havoc on the globe unless drastic action is taken to cut greenhouse gas emissions. According to 2011 figures, the US is responsible for around 16 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels, so the nation’s role in the Paris climate agreement is key to global survival. Yet, with a president-elect who firmly rejects the concept of climate change and has called it a Chinese “hoax,” the US may be primed to lead the charge to destroy the Earth’s environment for good. Via The Guardian Images via Gage Skidmore/Flickr and  UNclimatechange/Flickr

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UN warns of 3C global temperature increase without swift and aggressive global leadership

November 3, 2016 by  
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A new report from the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) warns that global temperatures will rise to 3C over pre-industrial levels if more drastic cuts are not made to greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming. The UN report criticizes world leaders for not taking climate change more seriously, saying that at least a quarter must be cut from emissions by the end of the next decade in order to curb the warming trend. The 3C increase cited in the report is far above the 2C threshold set by the Paris climate agreement last December, which goes into effect on Friday of this week. The new UNEP report was compiled to measure the impact of current emissions trends on future temperature levels worldwide. The report says, by 2030, global emissions could reach 56 metric gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent each year. Previous scientific studies have identified 42 metric gigatons as the threshold at which warming will exceed a 2C increase over pre-industrial temperatures, which is the scenario on which the Paris climate deal was constructed. Related: Historic Paris climate deal on track to activate before year’s end Since the historic international climate accord was signed last December by representatives of 197 nations, just 94 have ratified the agreement as of October 4, 2016. While this surpasses the participation milestone that activates the agreement, it doesn’t determine how quickly those nations will make the necessary changes to slow climate change. Although the world is “moving in the right direction,” said UNEP chief Erik Solheim, it’s not enough. “If we don’t start taking additional action now,” he added, “we will grieve over the avoidable human tragedy.” Via The Guardian Images via Pixabay and Christopher Michel/Flickr

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Can we balance the energy trilemma?

October 27, 2016 by  
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Countries need to see a comprehensive global energy policy in order to do their part in achieving the Paris Agreement goals.

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CDP: How corporate pioneers are driving climate action

October 27, 2016 by  
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A major new report shows how a ‘Climate A-list’ is seizing new opportunities.

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Dear UN Secretary-General Guterres: Deliver on climate action

October 20, 2016 by  
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Here’s how the world can approach Sustainable Development Goal 13, the one with a big asterisk.

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Food co-ops taste-test the online sales formula

October 20, 2016 by  
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Instacart and other online platforms allow once-fringe natural food co-ops to reach a new audience.

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Ever heard of a ZEC? Nuclear energy in New York banks on it

October 20, 2016 by  
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Why New York’s zero-emissions credit can power a cleaner energy future beyond the Empire State.

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