Tag Archives: China

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How the Cancun Conference Can Succeed With — or Without — China

This, my first post on COP16, is also probably the first hopeful piece I’ve written about the climate negotiations. The next two weeks will tell if that optimism is well founded. Yesterday some 15,000 delegates, business leaders, activists and journalists … Continue reading

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A Ray of Light In China? EPA administrator attempts to defuse climate standoff

This second of two posts about the Tianjin climate talks gets into the dismal politics responsible for the stalled policies. The climate talks in Tianjin last week did very little to improve the prospects for a binding international treaty, which … Continue reading

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Will Scientists’ Calls For Climate Action Fall on Negotiators’ Deaf Ears?

This post was linked to in a Washington Post column on the Cancun climate summit. With only days remaining until diplomats are due to arrive in Tianjin for the final round of climate negotiations before the Cancun summit, scientists have … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Dark: The Danger of Letting Business Lead on Climate Protection

This was my write up of the first of a handful of great panel discussions I saw at CGI. In a candid session on energy and the environment at the Clinton Global Initiative yesterday, the world’s lead climate negotiator Christiana … Continue reading

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Why China is Unwilling to Play the Climate Negotiation Game

While the embattled Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change may have been the leading climate-related news the past couple weeks, of more importance to the international negotiations were two meetings at opposite ends of the globe. A week ago Saturday, China … Continue reading

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Flooding, Fires, and Climate Finance: Is there enough fast-start funding?

The World Resources Institute recently released updated estimates of the “fast-start” climate mitigation and adaption commitments rich nations made to poor countries after the Copenhagen summit. The headline figures are pretty impressive: Developed nations have set aside an estimated $27.9 … Continue reading

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Mexico’s Climate Gamble: Can It Salvage the Cancun Summit?

Add another line to the resume: I’ve been accepted as a Huffington Post blogger. This green piece, originally written for UN Dispatch, is my first to be republished there. I have now joined hundreds of unpaid journalists, PR flacks, politicians, … Continue reading

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Why the Climate Talks in Bonn Were a Failure

In the nice introductory note my editor made on my first post, he concluded by saying that I “will be covering the international climate talks for Dispatch.” While I’m not sure how I will do that between now and the … Continue reading

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‘Bonn Voyage’ for an International Climate Treaty?

This is my first blog post for the climate channel of UN Dispatch, an internationalist site funded by the UN Foundation. I hope to write a post per week for them to keep up with the climate beat. Reports suggest … Continue reading

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The American Prospect: Hypocrisy for a Good Cause?

This is my third post on a topic of my choice for the Prospect‘s writing test (and the favorite of my sister, who graciously helped to copy edit my submissions). I give a Minnesotan take on the Oracle of Omaha … Continue reading

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