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...
Durban Diary: #Occupy the COP

Durban Diary: #Occupy the COP

With the Occupy movement spreading faster than wildfire, it’s hard not to ask how every issue relates to it. Climate change is no exception. The question is particularly compelling right now because representatives of 194 countries are gathered in Durban, South...

G20 Missed Its Chance to Take Action on Climate Change

Just about every country in the G20 has passed the buck when it comes to taking action on solving the climate crisis. China told the United States to make stronger commitments on global warning in the form of money and pollution cuts. The United States said it...

Statement by Janet Redman: United States Threatens Green Climate Fund

Washington DC — Tonight as leaders from 40 countries attempted to wrap up more than 10 months of negotiations in Cape Town, South Africa, on the creation of a new Green Climate Fund, the United States threatened to derail the process. The purpose of a new fund...
Perspectives on Climate Justice: From D.C. to Durban

Perspectives on Climate Justice: From D.C. to Durban

Communities of color and people living in poverty are disproportionately impacted by climate change across the world. Droughts have pushed parts of Kenya, Ethiopia and Somaliland near the point of collapse, threatening the lives and livelihoods of more than 10 million...

Bonn Climate Talks

The Institute for Policy Studies has joined with Friends of the Earth International, Jubilee South Asia, Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance, Third World Network, and other movements and organizations fighting for climate justice in the international policy arena at...

Climate Change is Here to Stay

Find that oil To run my yacht; And fuel my A/C When it’s hot. It wasn’t long ago that climate change was all the rage. Newspaper headlines were touting the Kyoto Protocol. Scientists and citizens alike were discussing Al Gore’s documentary An...

Shielding Climate Talks from Public Scrutiny

It’s the beginning of the second week of the climate summit here in Cancun and everyone — from NGOs, to governments, to the policy wonks — is starting to get jumpy as it becomes clear that a battle is brewing between those who want a climate deal at any cost, and...

Climate Justice Policy Factsheets

IPS joined with a number of policy groups in assembling a suite of factsheets on the most pressing issues within the global climate debate, reflecting the topics that climate negotiators inside the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will have to grapple with...