Wealthy Countries Pony Up for Climate Justice

Wealthy Countries Pony Up for Climate Justice

It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them. And it played out again in Berlin as 21 countries—including the United States—pledged nearly $9.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund, a UN body tasked with helping...
Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

Which Way Forward: Climate Chaos or Climate Justice?

For 20 years the United States and its allies have sabotaged global efforts to stop climate change: They promote false solutions like carbon trading and “voluntary” emissions reduction. They blame developing nations for the crisis, ignoring 250 years of...
The Moment for Climate Justice

The Moment for Climate Justice

This week, the House will vote on the Electrify Africa Act. This bill directs the president to draw up a multi-year strategy to strengthen the ability of countries in sub-Saharan Africa to “develop an appropriate mix of power solutions” to provide electricity, fight...
A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate

A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate

This blog originally appeared in Foreign Policy in Focus. Two years ago, environmentalist Bill McKibben caused a stir when he revealed the “terrifying new math” of climate change. McKibben calculated that to have a reasonable chance of staying below what climate...
What’s Hot and What’s Not at COP19 in Warsaw

What’s Hot and What’s Not at COP19 in Warsaw

This is the second week of the annual UN climate summit, hosted this year in Warsaw, Poland. Governments and activists gathered here on pushing for to make sure key provisions on lowering greenhouse gas emissions, adapting to a warming world, dealing with loss and...
Declaration of the G20 Counter-Summit

Declaration of the G20 Counter-Summit

Social movements and civil society organizations from different parts of the world have met on September 3 and 4 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on the eve of the G20 Summit and in a context of the threat by the United States of America (USA) to attack Syria. With...
Civil Society to Green Climate Fund: Don’t Shut Us Out!

Civil Society to Green Climate Fund: Don’t Shut Us Out!

Co-­â€Chairs and members of the Board of the Green Climate Fund March 12, 2013 Via GCF Interim Secretariat Dear Co-­â€Chairs and members of the Board: We, the undersigned organizations from developing and developed countries,...
Interview with Janet Redman, IPS, on the Green Climate Fund

Interview with Janet Redman, IPS, on the Green Climate Fund

A meeting is being held this week in Berlin, Germany, to discuss an important fund that could provide money to poor countries to help them adapt to a warmer world, build clean energy infrastructure, and avoid further climate crisis. Janet Redman, co-director of the...
The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

The Private Sector’s Murky Role in Climate Finance

While the costs of mitigating and adapting to climate change rise and thus the need for climate finance in developing countries grows, wealthy governments shift focus from public support to private finance. But can the private sector meet the needs of those most...
At Climate Summit, It’s Economy First, Then Survival

At Climate Summit, It’s Economy First, Then Survival

The 2012 UN climate negotiations are not expected to be a breakthrough moment in solving the unfolding ecological crisis, but these talks will set the course for a future deal that countries have agreed will enter into force by 2020. What’s at stake is more than a...
Breaking the Climate Stalemate

Breaking the Climate Stalemate

The Bangkok meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) ended this week, with no progress among countries to commit to increasing the level of emission reductions for this decade. Why are the climate talks stalemated and what should...
Durban’s Climate Debacle

Durban’s Climate Debacle

I arrived at the UN climate summit in Durban, South Africa with the news fresh in my mind that 2010 was a record year for global warming pollution—and that if we don’t start reducing global emissions by 2017, we’re cooked. I left Durban with a profound disappointment...

Key Countries, Organizations Call For Innovative Sources of Finance

Durban, South Africa – Officials from a diverse set of countries will join civil society leaders to call for innovative sources of finance, including a tax on financial transactions and a fee on emissions from maritime shipping, to be part of a deal in Durban...