Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action

One of the sad ironies of Donald Trump’s victory is that climate change has risen up the political agenda only after the campaign, when both candidates and debate moderators largely ignored it. Trump’s denial in the face of an urgent, planetary threat provides some...
The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement

Green Climate Fund — now there are three words guaranteed to raise the hackles of Republican members of Congress. The fund is little known outside the world of climate skeptics and policy wonks. Yet the $10.3 billion fund, to which the United States has pledged $3...
FAQs: The Green Climate Fund

FAQs: The Green Climate Fund

The Paris climate summit raised the public profile of the Green Climate Fund – the first international fund under the United Nations with the express goal of supporting countries in the global South build clean energy, climate resilient economies. But as the...
China and the Opportunity Costs of September 11

China and the Opportunity Costs of September 11

“The upcoming summit between China and the United States will feature a major plan for reducing the military arsenals of the two countries, an initiative to stabilize and grow the global economy, a follow-up effort to further reduce carbon emissions, and a brand new...
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...
While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters

While We March for the Climate, Governments Meet with Polluters

I’m going to guess you’ve heard of the People’s Climate March by now. It’s been all over Facebook, the blogosphere, buses, and subway cars—it’s even shown up on network news, which has been something of a black hole for climate activism. But in case you’re just...

UN Green Climate Fund Open for Business – Now Where’s the Money?

Songdo, South Korea – After four years of negotiations over the framework of a new UN Green Climate Fund (GCF), developing and developed countries have agreed on what are considered “essential elements” to make the Fund operational. Institute for Policy Studies...
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...
7 Things to Look Out for in the UN’s Green Climate Fund

7 Things to Look Out for in the UN’s Green Climate Fund

1. Is the GCF a Fund or a Bank? The main purpose of the Green Climate Fund (GCF), put very simply, is to receive climate finance from developed countries (in accordance with their obligations under the UN Climate Convention) and disburse that money for activities in...