Posts About Climate Change
It would be the most important piece of energy legislation ever – if it had a chance of becoming law.
Negotiating about climate change via yesterday’s diplomatic system won’t solve tomorrow’s problems.
When we talk about global warming, we're talking about a planetary community that doesn't exist. That's what bothers me after Bali.
The whole ‘global warming campaign’ is just a front for advanced nations’ desperate attempts to keep developing countries from gaining economic power.
Emerging countries act as though they have to protect their right to carbon emissions so that they can guarantee their own development. They're dead wrong.
We're featuring six creative proposals for how to move forward on climate change after the Bali Conference, presented by the Harvard Project on International Climate Agreements. Which is most promising, and why? Read them below, then cast your vote or post a comment. THE PROPOSALS 1) For Fairness, Use Formulas 2) Make Kyoto Stronger 3) Create ‘Climate Clubs’ 4) Let Countries Handle It 5) Research More Flexible, Creative Solutions 6) Be Realistic CAST YOUR VOTE...
It's time to think creatively about what to do about climate change. Here are six proposals that do.
Be Realistic: Ask countries to pledge what they can with strong domestic support, then rely on public shaming to keep them on track.
Research More Flexible, Creative Solutions: Countries pledge actions, not targets, to reduce emissions, and support flexibility, research and development.
Let Countries Control Themselves: Allow domestic (but not international) emissions trading, and let countries set their own national limits on emissions.
Create ‘Climate Clubs’: Only the major-player countries need to negotiate, in small regional groups, and meeting their goals through emissions trading.
Strengthen Kyoto: Expand the idea of binding, country-specific emissions targets that let developing countries “graduate” to stricter standards as their economies develop.
For Fairness, Use Formulas: Use a mathematical formula -- not negotiations about targets -- to set binding emissions standards for each country based on factors like historical & current emissions, GDP, and population.
The Bali negotiations gutted proposals of everything of substance. Maybe flexible formulas or climate clubs are our best hope for a real solution.
Cairo has greatly improved its smog problem by being realistic: convincing drivers they’ll benefit from switching to natural gas.
The world’s blind focus on reducing the sin of carbon emissions ignores the better solutions we might find if we were more creative.
Let countries who want to act move forward first, without wasting effort on those rogue nations who won’t cooperate anyway.
There is a growing sense in this country that people are experiencing climate change in their own lives. Congress may be ready to act.
Climate change poses unique challenges to U.S. national security and interests. Yet current approaches and methods for understanding climate change and its impact fall short in their efforts to help us anticipate and prepare for these eventualities. Here's a new report that helps us do just that.