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Green Race: The Next Space Race?

Sahar Mansoor | Posted 27.05.2015 | UK Tech
Sahar Mansoor

The Green Race involves investments in renewable energy, agriculture efficiency, emissions reduction, waste treatment, materials research, and education of engineers and other creative minds to solve future problems.

The Success of COP21 Also Depends on Businesses

Christiana Figueres | Posted 20.05.2015 | UK
Christiana Figueres

This week, major business leaders will gather in Paris for the Business and Climate Summit. This meeting is being held around six months before the Paris Climate Conference, COP21, the aim of which is well known: to reach a universal agreement limiting the rise in global average temperature to 2°C or 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

Tackling Climate Change Does More Than Tackle Climate Change

Joe Ware | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK
Joe Ware

One of the rocks that climate change sceptics like to throw at those advocating action to tackle climate change is that it's all very well for the rich developed world to reduce its carbon footprint but it's immoral to ask the world's poor to give up cheap energy such as coal. Yes, climate change may be happening, they say, but it's unfair to pull up the fossil fuel ladder from developing countries.

A Paris Climate Agreement - Africa's Opportunity for a Sustainable Century

Christiana Figueres | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK
Christiana Figueres

Traditional investment means first taking a risk to reap a reward later. The beauty of climate action is that the reward comes first and future risk i...

Climate Action in 2015: The Year of Transformational Change

Christiana Figueres | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK
Christiana Figueres

I'm urging organizations, cities, industries, governments and other key players that are taking the lead on tackling climate change to nominate their game-changing activities to be recognized by the UN Climate Change secretariat's Momentum for Change initiative, and to be part of this historic paradigm shift.

A Global Deal Isn't the Only Way to Fight Climate Change

Jane Burston | Posted 11.02.2015 | UK
Jane Burston

The global climate change negotiations are coming to a close in Lima, Peru, and we have edged ever so slightly closer to a climate deal. In the coming days, commentators will (as usual) be divided over whether it was a success, whether negotiators did enough to prepare the ground for the next conference...

Deal or No Deal? The Rocky Road to Climate Consensus

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 02.02.2015 | UK
Dr Alison Doig

Overall the discussion has to move from defensive discussions of nations asking 'how little I can offer and still make it look like a deal' towards 'how can we work together to form a deal which will deliver a low-carbon future for the world which keeps us all safe'.

UNFCCC and Post-2015 Development: More Than the Sum of the Parts

David Nussbaum | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK
David Nussbaum

New York, 25 September 2015. There is no denying the fundamental and inextricable link between climate change and development. The latest Intergovernm...

UNFCCC Teams Up With Ian Somerhalder to Produce Climate Action Documentary

Christiana Figueres | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

The documentary couldn't come at a more opportune time. I'm writing this from New York City, where the growing global appetite for real action on climate change is on full display. These past few days have been nothing less than a climate love-in - the likes of which the world has never seen before.

Beyond the People's Climate March

Libby Blanchard | Posted 25.11.2014 | UK Politics
Libby Blanchard

Regardless of the outcome of the UN Climate Summit this week and the UNFCCC proceedings in the next year, the People's Climate March will be an important event in climate change history. As Ban Ki-moon has demonstrated, it was an opportunity to unite as global citizens to reflect on our own role in creating the future we want.

Climate Change Impacts Everything

Samantha J Smith | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

Climate change impacts everything, everywhere. It threatens to undo everything that conservation organizations like WWF have achieved over the last half-century. Both people and the natural world are feeling the effects, which are consequential and growing. Extreme weather impacts fragile ecosystems that people depend on for food and their livelihoods.

Dangerous Loopholes in Climate Change Framework

Libby Blanchard | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Without stronger rules for REDD+ in UN climate negotiations, REDD+ could promote the development of monocrop forests.

Why Davos Has Left Me With the Feeling That 2014 Is the Year the World Can and Must Rise to the Climate Challenge

Christiana Figueres | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK
Christiana Figueres

The mood, ambition and announcements at the World Economic Forum in Davos has left me feeling more energized and confident than ever that 2014 will be the year when the world can and must come together to meet the growing challenge of climate change and seize the opportunities manifest in a transition to a low carbon economy.

Climate Change: Where Next After Warsaw?

Libby Blanchard | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK
Libby Blanchard

Public goods problems are not new, though they have often proven difficult to overcome. Despite the less than optimistic conclusion of the Warsaw conference, climate change mitigation needs to be effectively addressed.

A Final Contribution From Warsaw

David Hone | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK
David Hone

As most will have seen from various media reports, delegates to COP 19 in Warsaw continued negotiating the outcome until late Saturday night. The key sticking points were "loss and damage" and the shape of national actions that would ultimately form the foundation of the 2015 deal (for implementation post 2020)...

Climate Change: Where Next After Warsaw?

Gates Cambridge Scholars | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gates Cambridge Scholars

Public goods problems are not new, though they have often proven difficult to overcome. Despite the less than optimistic conclusion of the Warsaw conference, climate change mitigation needs to be effectively addressed...

Enough Is Enough: Why WWF Quit the Warsaw Climate Talks

Samantha J Smith | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

On Thursday, an unprecedented and broad group of civil society organizations walked out of the UN climate change talks in Warsaw to protest the shocking lack of progress in the negotiations...

Recipe for a Safer World

Dr Alison Doig | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Alison Doig

Let's hope world leaders gathering in Warsaw can image this new fairer and more sustainable world. Even more importantly, let us hope that global business can wean itself off dependence on fossil fuels and see opportunity in a new low-carbon future. Let's hope - and let's do it in a hurry.

World's Governments Must Take Action on Climate Change

Samantha J Smith | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Samantha J Smith

The global community simply cannot keep ignoring the desperate, passionate cries of people such as Naderev Saño. Millions around the world are already suffering greatly from the impacts of our fast changing climate and scientists keep telling us that such damage and disruption will only intensify in the years and decades ahead.

Are We Heading for a Coal COP in Warsaw?

David Hone | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
David Hone

Like it or not, coal use is going to continue, but arguing for increased efficiency as an approach to managing its emissions is where the criticism should be leveled, not at the idea that coal use is potentially compatible with a very low emission future.

A Climate Change Wake Up Call From the World Bank

Joe Ware | Posted 21.08.2013 | UK
Joe Ware

The World Bank should also look in the mirror and learn lessons from its own report. Currently it schizophrenically recognises the dangers of climate change while investing billions of dollars every year in coal, oil and gas projects

COP18 - Largely Administrative, but With a Sting in the Tail

David Hone | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK
David Hone

Albert Einstein once said that "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". So it was that I spent the last few days in Doha, perhaps anticipating that something might just be different this time around - after all there were things to be done and a whole new agreement to be crafted by 2015.

Doha, a Process Win that Won't Solve Climate Change

Linh Do | Posted 07.02.2013 | UK Politics
Linh Do

Climate change negotiations have concluded in Doha, Qatar as the 'Doha Gateway' was passed within minutes and with much confusion. The outcome represents a historic shift with the introduction of "loss and damage" into the agreement, but will do little to actually limit warming to 1.5 degrees. 

Expectations for COP18 in Doha

David Hone | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK
David Hone

This week sees the start of the 18th Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC, or COP18 for short, in Doha, Qatar. This should be a busy transitional COP, with much on the agenda to resolve and important steps forward being taken toward a long term international agreement.

The Hard Facts: Weather Kills People in Africa and Asia

Peter Byass | Posted 24.01.2013 | UK
Peter Byass

What can't be emphasised too strongly here is that these are analyses of real deaths and actual weather. They are not simulations or models - and it reflects the great strength of the INDEPTH Network that it is possible to analyse factual information in this way from parts of the world where reliable data are usually in short supply.