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Notes from CERES' Investor Summit on Climate Risk

By Sandy Emerson | February 9, 2016

On January 27, several hundred distinguished investors and government officials gathered at UN headquarters in New York for CERES’ 16th “Investor Summit on Climate Risk.” Building on the momentous agreements reached at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the focus was on “Advancing the Clean Trillion” — finding ways to increase investment in clean energy…

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Thinking about "climate change"

By Fossil Free California | January 2, 2016

This post is by Russell Kilday-Hicks, Fossil Free California activist and member of the CSU Employees Union. It is a talk he delivered at the December “Suds, Snacks & Socialism” community forum, held monthly at the Starry Plough in Berkeley. He began with two strong quotations. Our moral obligation to fight climate change is to build a collective…

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New Year's resolutions for a 1.5° world

By Janet Cox | January 2, 2016

  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 Janet Cox | December 14, 2015

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

By Janet Cox | December 11, 2015

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…

By Janet Cox | December 9, 2015

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

By Janet Cox | December 8, 2015

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

By Janet Cox | December 8, 2015

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.

By Janet Cox | December 6, 2015

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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From Oakland to Paris and beyond

By Robert Silvey | December 3, 2015

For the last two weeks, the climate movement has topped the news, from Oakland to Paris to Melbourne. Leading up to the UN climate talks, hundreds of thousands of people rallied and marched, insisting that the world leaders at COP21 maximize their commitments to a carbon-free future. Altogether, there were more than 2,300 events around the world, and nearly…

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