• Climate and Environment

    Good Cop, Bad Cop: Climate Change After Paris

    by  • June 16, 2016 • Climate and Environment • 

    At the signing ceremony of the host country agreement for COP 22 in April 2016: Salaheddine Mezouar, Morocco's foreign minister, and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

    The 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December 2015 was a good COP. It demonstrated unprecedented global collaboration when divisions were deep and stakes were high. Since 1995, when COP1 met in Berlin, governments have been assembling annually in an effort to create...

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    UN Puts on Big To-Do, Amid Tight Security, for Signing of New Climate Agreement

    by  • April 22, 2016 • Climate and Environment, Secretary-General • 

    On Earth Day, about 170 countries signed the new international climate agreement, including Dilma Rousseff, president of Brazil, here with Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general. MARK GARTEN/UN PHOTO

    The United Nations threw a large and lavish party at its headquarters in New York on Earth Day, the opening day of the signing ceremony for the world’s new climate agreement. About 170 heads of state and government representatives came to inscribe their names, in alphabetical order by country, in the General Assembly Hall,...

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    Climate Accord Adopted: An Historic Moment for the Earth and the UN

    by  • December 12, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 

    François Hollande, president of France; Laurent Fabius, foreign minister of France; and Ban Ki-moon, United Nations secretary-general.

    In a show of solidarity few environmental advocates would have predicted confidently a decade ago, 195 nations, facing the realization that global warming poses a potentially cataclysmic threat to the world, agreed on Saturday, Dec.12, to a timetable and national commitments for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the main cause of climate change....

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    A Monastery’s Farm in Burkina Faso Feels the Impacts of Climate Change

    by  • December 5, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment, Development, Health and Population • 

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    KOUBRI, Burkina Faso — More than 2,500 miles away from this village, world leaders met recently in Paris to try to save the earth from severe climate change and its deadly effects. Here in West Africa, people in rural communities scrape together livelihoods in a region that is extra-vulnerable to drought and hunger, problems...

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    Can $600 Billion in Climate Funds Be Raised in the Next Six Years?

    by  • October 12, 2015 • Climate and Environment • 

    President François Hollande of France addresses a press briefing on climate change, EVAN SCHNEIDER/UN PHOTO

    A relatively upbeat joint report from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, a group of developed countries, and the independent Climate Policy Initiative shows that the international campaign to finance projects to halt or to adapt to damaging climate changes is headed in the right direction. The just-released survey covering 2013 and 2014,...

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    Industrial Mining: A Wild Frontier in Need of Monitoring

    by  • August 26, 2015 • Africa, Climate and Environment, Gender-Based Violence, Human Rights, Latin America • 

    Maxima Acuña de Chaupe JORGE CHAVEZ ORTIZ

    Extracting minerals from the earth is a messy, albeit lucrative business, and the disputes that plague the industry tend to be equally challenging. As the center of international trading of mining company stocks, London is regarded by some watchdog groups as a hub of multinational mining companies that they say tends to disregard the...

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