Assessing global risks on Earth Day 2020

As the world takes its next steps in the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Risks Report provides context. For the first time in the history of the Global Risks Perception Survey, environmental concerns dominate the top long-term risks by likelihood among members of the World Economic Forum’s multistakeholder community; three of theContinue reading “Assessing global risks on Earth Day 2020”

The need for speed on climate change

This new article in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists underscores the need – and potential – for action on short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs). While the 2050 net zero pledges made in NDCs (discussed in this recent post) are important, the three authors argue that … the climate battle could be lost long before 2050;Continue reading “The need for speed on climate change”

Building new business models for the coming renewable energy transition

Can cooperatives become a major player in the renewable energy transition? Non-Profit Energy Cooperatives as the Catalyst of the Movement of People to Renewable Electricity, a webinar hosted by the Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Center at the University of Houston Law School, sets out this ambitious mission: The renewable energy revolution poses a onceContinue reading “Building new business models for the coming renewable energy transition”

SLCPs: A potent link between air pollution and climate change

What are short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) and how do they affect climate change? Panelists on this webinar from WRI, Enhancing NDCs: Short-lived Climate Pollutants, make the case for why reducing SLCPs can give an immediate boost to lowering the global temperature while also decreasing local air pollution and improving human health. The main SLCPs areContinue reading “SLCPs: A potent link between air pollution and climate change”

NEWSFLASH: COP26 postponed due to COVID-19

While thinking and writing more broadly about the pandemic and its implications for climate change, I pause to share this news just announced by the COP26 presidency. The UK says that COP26 will be delayed until sometime in 2021, still taking place in Glasgow, Scotland and with the pre-COP still being held in Milan, Italy.Continue reading “NEWSFLASH: COP26 postponed due to COVID-19”

The power in, and of, NDCs

The Paris Agreement is built on Nationally Determined Contributions or NDCs. In them, country parties pledge what they will do within their borders to help keep global temperature rise “well below” 2C. Most developed country NDCs are based on economy-wide mitigation targets, like the EU’s 40% reduction in GHG emissions by 2030 from a 1990Continue reading “The power in, and of, NDCs”

Tort law in US climate litigation

Webinars can provide a high impact/low carbon footprint way of learning. The current pandemic makes them all the more useful. I will regularly feature a few that I attend, highlighting organizers who pack the most learning per hour for me. This week the Center for Progressive Reform spotlighted US state tort law’s role in holdingContinue reading “Tort law in US climate litigation”

Survey says? Add your voice on how to shape a “2020s Green Breakthrough”

Dual Citizen, a consulting firm based in the US, invites you to take this short survey polling specific ways governments, investors, businesses, and individuals can reduce GHG emissions quickly in the next decade. I found the questions thought provoking because the provided answers were quirky at times, at various levels of altitude – and sinceContinue reading “Survey says? Add your voice on how to shape a “2020s Green Breakthrough””

Putting Climate Change (and COP26) in Context

Our friends at IISD – those indefatigable PhDs who sleep little and write lots at MEA meetings around the world – have produced a report that captures their take on where global environment governance is at the start of 2020. Just as the ENBs produced by these deeply informed chroniclers diplomatically yet accurately recount theContinue reading “Putting Climate Change (and COP26) in Context”

Climate litigation updates: Oh Canada!

Closer to my Green Mountain home, three appellate courts in Canada have now ruled on the constitutionality of the country’s Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Pollution Pricing Act. The Courts of Appeal for Ontario and Saskatchewan have held it constitutional while the Court of Appeal for Alberta has held the opposite. The Canadian Supreme Court will hearContinue reading “Climate litigation updates: Oh Canada!”

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