Posts by Janet Cox

New Year's resolutions for a 1.5° world

  I’ve been watching videos of COP21 panels and press briefings I missed or couldn’t get into in Paris, and the shift in tone—from something like grim determination early in the conference to relief and euphoria at the end—is really striking. Everyone knew that holding global warming to 2°C. would be painful and deadly, but…

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It's done, now we start!

By now you’re all tuned in to the bones of the agreement and have heard both the huzzahs and the carping. It’s important to note that the final outcome was far better than most of the world had dared hope before the nations converged in Paris. Seems to me that the realists are ready to…

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Coming down to the wire

Here’s the latest from the Sierra Club insiders who have been doing a yeoman’s job of keeping us all updated on the progress of the negotiations: Hi all Today is a day for private negotiations.  Last night the French put out a text that we really liked.  Now we need the new ambition group to…

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As if you were in Paris…

Actually, if you were here, you would probably be back in your hotel watching these Blue Zone sessions on your computer, like I’m doing today. Here are my faves of the day: 1.If you only watch one thing, I recommend John Kerry’s exhortation to the Plenary to get its act together, which he made just…

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A couple of things to watch for in news of COP21

Another day, another onslaught of information and no assurance I have more than a marginal idea about what is actually going on! But I am learning about some of the major sticking points in the agreement, which can be substantively changed this week from its current not-exactly-what-we-need form. •  We heard this morning that there…

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Al Gore's Big Moment

In a first for COP21 since I’ve been here, the masses in the Green Zone got to sit in on the Plenary in the Blue. Al Gore just addressed the  conference proper in an event that was live-streamed to the Green Zone. He spoke for an hour an a half in what was essentially a…

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Climate change is complicated. So is COP21.

Here I am in Paris, huddled with the uncredentialed masses trying to figure out what is actually going on in the Le Bourget conference center. Like the effects of climate change, this event is pretty diffuse, and everyone, rightfully, can find their niche. In this way this massive, multi-faceted, distributed show is kind of organically…

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Raúl Grijalva: Climate denial cripples US coal industry

Congressman Raúl Grijalva, D-Arizona, explains that Republicans’ intransigence on climate is preventing lawmakers from even considering funding to help US coal companies survive under the Clean Power Plan. Endorsing federal funding for pilot projects for carbon capture, which the industry wants, or opening the door to new potential technologies for reducing coal’s climate impact would qualify as…

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Let's hear it for Trickle-Up Economics!

Dave Roberts’ Vox.com article on the importance of the Keystone decision to the climate movement makes a point that divestment proponents can also use when confronted with that most boring of off-point quibbles, “How can you campaign for divestment when you still drive a car?” Man (or maybe Governor!), am I ever sick of that one. Economics, and…that…

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CalPERS tiptoes into engagement with coal companies

At their first meeting since the Governor signed SB185 requiring CalPERS and CalSTRS to divest from coal stocks, the public pension fund’s Investment Committee heard a consultant report on 1) the prohibitive transaction costs of divestment, and 2) all the money the fund ($293 billion and counting) might have had the Board not instructed staff to divest from South…

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