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”

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”

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!”

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”

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