June 21, 2013
by John Romano
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One Year After Rio+20: Are We On the Path to the “Future We Want”?

John Romano, Global Fellow, International Program, New York City
Exactly one year ago, world leaders came together in Rio de Janeiro for the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development to address a wide range of cross-cu… Continue reading

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December 8, 2012
by Jake Schmidt
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Countries Acting At Home to Address Global Warming: The Key Fight Ahead

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DC
Last year global emissions of carbon pollution rose to record levels, with declines in some key countries but with rising emissions elsewhere offsetting those declines…. Continue reading

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June 24, 2012
by Frances Beinecke
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Official Rio Document Disappoints, but People’s Commitment to Sustainability Inspires

Frances Beinecke, President of NRDC, New York City
When 17-year-old student Brittany Trilford addressed the opening session of the Rio Earth Summit on Wednesday, she urged world leaders to take concrete action to protect the planet.
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May 24, 2012
by Jake Schmidt
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What lies ahead for international action on global warming for the rest of 2012? (Part 3)

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DC
In Durban, South Africa countries agreed to: launch the negotiations on a new legal agreement to be adopted in 2015, move forward implementation of the agreements reach… Continue reading

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May 14, 2012
by Jacob Scherr
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Reflections on the Race to Rio: Crowdsourcing Sustainability at Earth Summit 2012

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC
It is easy to feel depressed about the state of the Rio+20 preparations after the recent two weeks of “informal informal” negotiations at the United Nations … Continue reading

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March 20, 2012
by Jacob Scherr
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Reflections on the Race to Rio: Fewer than 100 days before the next Earth Summit

Jacob Scherr, Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, Washington, DC
With fewer than one hundred days before the start of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, there are reasons to be hopeful about p… Continue reading

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January 27, 2012
by Michael Davidson
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Can the Earth Summit deliver an Action-oriented "Rio for twenty-somethings"?

Michael Davidson, China Climate Fellow, Washington, DC
Over the last three days here at the UN in New York City, I have heard a lot of criticisms of the “zero” draft outcome document for the June Rio+20 Earth Summit. Countri… Continue reading

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January 20, 2012
by Jake Schmidt
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From Durban to Rio: Taking action on clean energy & global warming at the Earth Summit 2012 in Rio

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DC
The global warming negotiations in Durban made important progress, but much more work lies ahead to address global warming. Countries have committed to action and are&n… Continue reading

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November 11, 2011
by Carolina Herrera
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The green economy – many paths, one direction

Carolina Herrera, Latin America Advocate, Washington DC
The first of November, more than 600 national governments, NGOs, international agencies and other interested parties submitted their contributions to what will be the first negotia… Continue reading

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October 5, 2011
by Jake Schmidt
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Hints from Panama: What can global warming negotiations accomplish in Durban, South Africa? (Part 2)

Jake Schmidt, International Climate Policy Director, Washington, DC
[This post is part of a three-part series on the state of the global warming negotiations in the lead-in to the Ministerial meeting in Durban, South Africa this Decembe… Continue reading

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March 30, 2011
by Leila Monroe
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International Conference Builds Momentum for Real Solutions to Plastic Trash in the Sea

Leila Monroe, Staff Attorney, Oceans Program, San Francisco I’ve just returned from a week in paradise where I was immersed in the problem of plastic trash in the ocean.  The 5th International Marine Debris Conference (5IMDC) in Honolulu bro… Continue reading

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December 11, 2010
by Susan Casey-Lefkowitz
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New international agreement to fight climate change found spirit for consensus in Cartagena Dialogue countries

In the wee hours of the morning, delegates at the international climate talks in Cancún reached agreement on how to move forward together to fight climate change. Many of us feared that if agreement was not reached during this meeting, we would … Continue reading

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December 2, 2010
by Heather Allen
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Europe Demonstrates Commitment to Fast Start Climate Funds for Developing Countries

In the first few days here in Cancun at the Climate Talks, European nations announced a series of projects and funding streams designated to fulfill their Copenhagen Accord commitments to ‘fast start climate finance’ to aid developing … Continue reading

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