Daily Archives: May 27, 2017

G7 Summit concludes with more questions than answers

Flood affects 500,000 in Sri Lanka (May 27, 2017)

Government Website Is Still Promoting Ivanka Trump’s Book

With Media Distracted By Trump, Texas Attempts To Pass Disgusting Discriminatory Bills

Why Don’t Humans Live for More than 100 Years? | Physicist Geoffrey West

Stop F**cking Up the Planet and Slow Down Climate Change

Published on Oct 1, 2016

Environmentalist Bill McKibben talks what it’ll take to truly slow down climate change.

“Politicians follow if movements make it necessary for them to follow. So that’s our job.”

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White House Summit on Climate & the Road through Paris

The Obama White House

Published on Oct 23, 2015

The White House convened business leaders from companies across the country to join the American Business Act on Climate Pledge. October 19, 2015.

The Climate Summits: Only Pledges and No Reviews


Published on Oct 13, 2015

Newsclick interviewed D Raghunandan of Delhi Science Forum on India’s pledge regarding climate changes negotiations in Paris. The pledge was recently revealed in the documents presented by Prakash Javadekar. The documents contain India’s pledge towards global emission control target which is 33-35 % reduction in emission by 2030. Raghu believes that the stand revealed is the final stand of the government as the cabinet has endorsed it. He argues that the rest of the document is nothing but stretching of the same proposal. He also added that though these various documents presented in climate summits by different nations proposed the two degree criteria but if one looks at the pledges, the target should be around three to 3.5 degree Celsius. Raghu mentioned that these summits were supposed to follow the pattern of making pledges and reviewing it but the latter is not being implemented.

Climate, COP21, and Paris: Behind Closed Doors

Carbon Talks

Published on Oct 1, 2015

One of the largest and most important international climate meetings is about to take place. On November 30, governments from around the world will gather at COP21 in Paris to (hopefully) finalize and agree to a deal that keeps the global temperature increase to below 2°C. The outcome in Paris could signal the future direction and ambition of global climate action. Many greet this optimism with cautionary notes, reminiscent of countries’ previous failures to secure a global deal, and muted expectations heading into COP21. There are already some hints of what we can expect in Paris, including the US, China, and other countries recent pledges to reduce emissions.
But what actually happens behind closed doors? What can COP21 achieve and what does that mean for the future governance of our climate?

This public dialogue was held on Sep 24th by Jennifer Allan, a seasoned veteran of global climate negotiations. It took place at Simon Fraser University, Harbour Centre, in Vancouver. Jennifer Allan shed light on how COP21 is organized and how the various negotiators interact. She also gave an insiders perspective on some of the stories we’re expecting to emerge as well as key countries and actors to watch.

Jennifer Allan
Team Leader/Writer, IISD Reporting Services, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Moderated by Michael Small, Executive Director of Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities

This event was a partnership between Carbon Talks, Renewable Cities, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.

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What did COP21 in Paris really deliver, and what do we need to do about it now?

Imperial College London

Streamed live on Feb 2, 2016

A Grantham Institute panel discussion exploring what the COP21 outcomes mean for the finance, business, government and NGO sectors. This event was introduced by Sir David King (pictured).

Sir David King, Foreign and Commonwealth Office Climate Change Envoy, and former Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government (pictured)
Josue Tanaka, Managing Director at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever
Neil Thorns, Chair of the Climate Coalition

The event was chaired by Professor Joanna Haigh, Co-director of the Grantham Institute