16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

  • Posted on 7th January 2016
16 for ’16: climate and energy issues to track this year

2015 was a significant year for climate and energy policy and markets: from the momentous Paris agreement to Obama’s continuing push on the Clean Power Plan; from the new British Government’s fresh (and controversial) energy approach to, at last, some stability for the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS), which may have real implications for the longer-term.   But it’s now…

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The Road to Paris

  • Posted on 22nd October 2015
The Road to Paris

Politicians have shown they are serious – to achieve a positive outcome, the negotiators need to do the same.   For those not acquainted with the international negotiations on climate change – perhaps even more so for those who have that first-hand experience – they are at best an irritant, at worst a pointless relevance. Since the UNFCCC[1] process began…

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International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

  • Posted on 27th November 2014
International Climate Change: What does next week’s conference in Lima hold?

On 1 December representatives of the 196 parties (member countries) to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will gather in Lima for the annual Conference of the Parties (COP) international meeting. The climate negotiations have in recent years – especially since the conspicuous failure of parties at Copenhagen in 2009 to agree an international treaty – tended to…

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Talking Climate Change; Protecting Tropical Forests

  • Posted on 12th September 2014
Talking Climate Change; Protecting Tropical Forests

Deforestation, the “direct, human-induced conversion of forested land to non-forested land”, as defined by the UNFCCC, and forest degradation, are one of the greatest challenges of our time. As the Global Canopy Programme (GCP) reports, tropical forests cover approximately 7% of global land area and provide habitat for at least half of the world’s biodiversity. However, they are currently experiencing…

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