The road from Bonn to Lima (by way of Copenhagen this week)

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Looking back on last week’s ADP2-6 special session, it would be easy to echo the notes of pessimism that pervaded Saturday’s press reports.  RTCC (Responding to Climate Change) commented after last Thursday’s stocktaking session that “much work remains” in the session’s last two days and noted the frustrated ADP Co-Chairs “offering government negotiators a stern reality check.”…
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Adding fuel to the fire

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Media coverage of the international climate change negotiations is picking up speed as U.N. SG Ban Ki-moon’s September 23 Climate Summit draws near.  Today my local paper, the Valley News (warmly referred to as the Valley Snooze locally), implicitly covered the Summit in two ways.  A headline in the lower half of the front page shouts Report:  Big Surge…
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Chinese citizen suit on air pollution

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When looking at the local factors that can shape a UNFCCC state party’s “nationally determined” contribution or commitment, litigation looms large in the U.S.  Exhibit A: President Obama’s decision to use his executive branch authority to implement his Climate Action Plan.  Although he intends to deliver on the U.S. promise to reduce its GHG emissions 17% below the 2005 baseline, the President still…
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Climate Resilience and the California Drought

CA drought

California’s forward looking climate change policy has definitely staked out significant policy-making ground as the U.S. formulates its “nationally determined” commitments/contributions for the post-2020 international agreement. Will its current drought do even more? Check out this post on our VLS Environmental Health blog about President Obama’s recent creation of a Climate Resilience Fund, a U.S. domestic version…
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Germany, Exhibit A of the EU Emissions Debate

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Although Germany is popularly viewed as an international leader in the clean energy field, its 2013 performance in producing electricity tells a different story.   Electricity output from brown coal plants rose .8% in 2013, to 162 billion kilowatt hours, according to the German Institute for Economic Research.   This was the highest level since reunification, when Germany…
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Bring in the subs

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As Lindsay chronicled here and here, COP19 officially acknowledged the importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation activity at the subnational level.  Even though the UNFCCC is premised on negotiation between nations (state parties), all involved recognize the groundswell of climate change laws and projects at the city and regional levels, where the rubber literally…
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New appointment to Obama’s CC team

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Will John Podesta’s transition from a White House “outside advisor” to an official “inside advisor” have an impact on the next round of ADP discussions coming up in March, 2014? As this Grist article notes, Podesta is a veteran political insider, having served both the Clinton and Obama administrations before taking up his position at…
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