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...
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...
Corporate Capture in Warsaw: The ‘New Normal’ in the Disaster Zone

Corporate Capture in Warsaw: The ‘New Normal’ in the Disaster Zone

We are half way through the 19th summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in cold, grey Poland. Far away in the Philippines thousands of people have lost their lives to Typhoon Haiyan and hundreds of thousands struggle to find food, water, and...
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...

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...

Global Civil Society Wary of World Bank Role in New Funds

The Sustainable Energy & Economy Network at the Institute for Policy Studies has joined with over 90 environment, development, anti-debt and human rights organizations from the United States and around the world to urge leaders to keep the World Bank out of the...

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...

UN Panel to be a Dangerous Disappointment

How much money is on the table to combat climate change, where it comes from and how it flows will be at the heart of global climate negotiations at the end of this year in Cancun. Answers emerging from a UN panel on climate finance co-chaired by Norwegian Prime...

Dirty is the New Clean

The World Bank’s Strategic Framework on Development and Climate Change, a three-year ‘flexible’ framework for the Bank’s institutions, makes a strong case for urgent action on global warming. It goes so far as to say that climate change will potentially undo...

Missed Opportunity in Hokkaido

Seasoned global justice activists are calling the Hokkaido meeting of the leaders of the wealthiest nations one of the most repressive in the history of G8 Summits. While no one was killed in the name of security, as was the case at the 2001 meetings in Italy, the...

World Bank: Climate Profiteer

After years of waning global influence, the World Bank has attached itself to the climate crisis like a patient on life support. Facing a crisis of legitimacy over its failed economic policy proscriptions and long track record of boondoggle projects, the aging...

Balis Business-As-Usual Mandate

Following two weeks of climate talks in Bali that brought together nearly 190 countries and more than 10,000 delegates, observers and activists, it looks like there’s very little to show for negotiations that were less about urgent climate action than business as...