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”

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

It has been a busy last month for climate change in the courts. Decisions recently issued by French, UK, and Canadian judges have affirmed domestic mitigation obligations that underscore the Paris Agreement’s role in setting shared climate change norms. Let’s start with the most recent decision and work backward to those chronicled in my article,Continue reading “Climate litigation updates”

UK’s full-court press on climate diplomacy

Interesting that the nature priority – branded at COP25 as “nature based solutions” – is viewed as a potent diplomatic strategy. It could strengthen the relationship with China, which championed NBS in Madrid and will preside over COP15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) next October. The NBS focus is also seen as havingContinue reading “UK’s full-court press on climate diplomacy”

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