• UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

    America’s Pledge to the Paris Agreement Doesn’t Hinge on Washington

    by  • June 26, 2017 • BOOKS, Cities, Climate and Environment • 

    When Donald Trump, defying science and public opinion, reversed American policy and announced in June that the United States would leave the universally endorsed 2015 Paris agreement on climate change, his decision may have given more impetus to a growing trend away from reliance on shortsighted national politicians. In country after country, the focus...

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    Climate Accord Adopted: An Historic Moment for the Earth and the UN

    by  • December 12, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 

    In a show of solidarity few environmental advocates would have predicted confidently a decade ago, 195 nations, facing the realization that global warming poses a potentially cataclysmic threat to the world, agreed on Saturday, Dec.12, to a timetable and national commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change....

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    Can $600 Billion in Climate Funds Be Raised in the Next Six Years?

    by  • October 12, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 

    A relatively upbeat joint report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of developed countries, and the independent Climate Policy Initiative shows that the international campaign to finance projects to halt or to adapt to damaging climate changes is headed in the right direction. The just-released survey covering 2013 and 2014,...

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    The Arctic, a Chance for Land Grabs or a New Treaty?

    by  • February 19, 2013 • Climate and Environment, Secretary-General, WORLDVIEWS • 

    Arctic Circle visit by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    KANDY, Sri Lanka — No country owns the North Pole or the expanse of the Arctic Ocean surrounding it. The Arctic region has a population of about 4 million, including more than 30 distinct groups of indigenous people using dozens of languages; they have lived there for more than 10,000 years. The area also...

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