Obama admin officials outline CCS, energy cooperation with China
Following the historic climate change agreement between the United States and China announced last November, cooperation between the two countries has been emboldened, according to both the Obama administration and Chinese officials speaking yesterday at the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
"It was an incredibly productive meeting and really inspiring to see this type of discussion between the U.S. and China in something which I myself would not have envisioned sitting at ... any point in time," said U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. "It was quite remarkable."
Will Pope Francis' encyclical reshape world's climate debate?
Toward the beginning of his landmark encyclical, "Laudato Si'," Pope Francis writes, "I urgently appeal, then, for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of the planet."
Yesterday, a dialogue was what he got. Reactions poured in from around the world to Francis' call for humanity to step away from a consumption-driven society that, in his mind, has caused the Earth "to look more and more like an immense pile of filth."
5 big questions that linger from the Bonn climate talks
BONN, Germany -- Almost everything about a new U.N. climate change accord expected to be adopted in Paris six months from now is still unresolved.
That's not a huge surprise, given that the challenge ahead of delegates from 194 countries is to design a deal that holds all of their governments accountable for fighting climate change.
Obama-Rousseff meeting won't deliver climate targets but could strengthen forest protection
BONN, Germany -- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will not unveil her country's greenhouse gas emissions plan for a new international global warming accord when she meets with President Obama this month, a top Brazilian negotiator told ClimateWire.
Raphael Azeredo, head of Brazil's delegation to U.N. climate negotiations, said he believes Rousseff's June 30 visit to Washington, D.C., is too soon to expect the country's full contribution to a December deal in Paris. Still, he said, Rousseff will offer key nuggets about Brazil's plan as well as a "strong declaration" with Obama about the urgency of tackling climate change.
Rich nations study details of massive insurance program to ease Third World climate change damages
BONN, Germany -- Countries already bearing the brunt of extreme weather events are cautiously optimistic about a new insurance scheme designed by the world's wealthiest nations to protect about 400 million people in the world's most vulnerable communities.
Official details about the disaster-risk reduction program, announced as part of the Group of Seven decisions this week, remain sparse. But a top Munich Re official involved with the plan told ClimateWire that Germany has kicked in with an initial €150 million ($169 million) and other large industrialized countries are expected to follow.