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Europe and China Take the Climate Reins

17 days ago

While it might be tempting to dismiss the recent commitments by China and the European Union to achieve net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions within the next few decades, doing so would be a mistake. Both powers recognize that the future belongs to those who move quickly and decisively toward decarbonization.

PARIS – In the space of just a week during this year’s United Nations General Assembly, representatives of the world’s largest single market and the world’s second-largest economy each laid their climate cards on the table. One need not be a national-intelligence analyst to parse the results: the European Union and China have both committed to achieving net-zero carbon dioxide emissions, thus creating common ground

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Closing The Circuit – The Green Recovery Event

October 15, 2020

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Eastbound and Green in Europe

October 8, 2020

Despite the unprecedented disruptions brought on by COVID-19, both the European Union and China remain committed to pursuing decarbonization and green investment. That means they have common ground from which to lead the rest of the world out of this crisis, and toward a more sustainable and resilient future.

PARIS – The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in a remarkably short period of time. We are in the midst of an unprecedented health, economic, social, and environmental crisis, and how we respond will shape the global economy for the foreseeable future. More to the point, the speed, scale, and content of today’s recovery plans will determine whether we achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),

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Toward a Sustainable Recovery

May 22, 2020

PARIS – With countries in most of Europe progressively easing their COVID-19 lockdowns, it is time not only to chart a course out of the immediate crisis, but also to hold a much-needed debate about designing and funding a long-term plan for sustainable recovery.

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The Panic Fueling Paris

October 9, 2019

In an age of heat waves and hot air emanating from the White House, one might think that progress in the global fight against climate change has slowed or even stalled. In fact, more governments and businesses are rising to the challenge than ever before, showing that the legacy of the 2015 Paris climate agreement is still being written.

PARIS – Around the world, as heat waves and other extreme weather grip countries and waters rise, a sense of dread is growing, too. Climate change is no longer a far-off problem for another generation. The long term has been brought, brutally, to the present. Nearly four years after the Paris climate agreement was concluded, it is clear that the response proposed and engineered by

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Making Climate Change Matter

December 14, 2018

In a world ravaged by hurricanes, wildfires, heat waves, and droughts, why has it been so hard to garner broad public support for efforts to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels? The answer is all in the messaging.

PARIS – This has been a year of disruption and change, complete with escalating extreme weather events and turbulent election results around the world. Most likely, the years ahead will be no less eventful. According to a recent special report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), we will be experiencing the effects of global warming much earlier than many previously assumed.According to the IPCC, the world has just 12 years

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The Climate-Change Fight Returns to Paris

December 8, 2017

In 2015, the so-called “high ambition coalition” of developed and developing countries pushed the Paris climate agreement past the finish line. But when global leaders reconvene in Paris for new talks on climate change at the upcoming One Planet Summit, financial commitments must be the order of the day.
PARIS – Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit. The purpose of this gathering is to celebrate climate gains made since 2015, and to boost political and economic support for meeting the goals and targets of the Paris

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Paris Comes to Pittsburgh

June 9, 2017

PARIS – In the immortal words of then-British Prime Minister Harold Wilson, a week is a long time in politics. Events with seemingly unambiguous implications may soon be understood very differently. Such a shift in political significance already appears to be occurring in the case of US President Donald Trump’s renunciation of the Paris climate agreement.With the next meeting of the G20 taking place in Hamburg, Germany, in a few weeks, Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement will soon be shown to have only isolated and estranged the US within the international community. And while senior US officials such as National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster and US National Economic Council head Gary Cohn argue that Americans have no cause for

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Donald Trump’s Historic Mistake

June 1, 2017

PARIS – US President Donald Trump has announced that the United States will no longer participate in the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the landmark United Nations treaty that many of us worked so hard to achieve. Trump is making a mistake that will have grave repercussions for his own country, and for the world.

Trump claims that he will try to renegotiate the deal reached in Paris, or craft a new one. But leaders from around the world have already hailed the agreement as a breakthrough for the fight against climate change, a victory for international cooperation, and a boon to the global economy. That remains true today.

Among the many challenges we face today, climate change is unique in its global scale. It affects every element of life on this planet – from

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