U.S. prepares for record gathering of world leaders on climate change
President Obama will give full U.S. support to a new international global warming agreement when he stands before more than 100 other world leaders at a U.N. climate summit Tuesday, White House adviser John Podesta said yesterday.
Previewing the U.S. efforts, Podesta and U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern said Obama will not announce specific new emissions cuts or financial pledges. But, they said, the president will promise that America will "redouble its efforts" to help vulnerable countries cope with the impacts of climate change and pledge that a "strong national target" will emerge early next year.
U.N. summit will gather climate pledges, but accounting for them comes later, official explains
There will be no shortage of promises made at next week's U.N. climate change summit. CEOs will vow deforestation-free supply chains. Mayors will commit to measuring and managing their city emissions. And millions of dollars will be pledged for carbon cuts, aid to poor countries and clean energy growth.
But when the banners are removed and ministers fly home, who will make sure those obligations actually turn into checks written and emissions chomped? Not the United Nations, according to Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination Robert Orr.
Obama may enjoy a 'leadership moment' at next week's climate summit meeting in N.Y.
Don't expect the United States to announce any new emissions targets at next week's U.N. global warming summit. And definitely don't expect promises of money for poor countries. But observers say that when President Obama takes the stage in New York, he will have a unique chance to recast America's role in fighting climate change to the international community.
The Sept. 23 gathering, hosted by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, is expected to be the largest gathering ever of heads of state on climate change. U.N. officials announced yesterday that upward of 125 leaders are expected to attend -- two dozen more than showed up to the last mega-meeting on climate change in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2009.
Mounting support for a carbon price expected at N.Y. summit
The number of countries and business leaders planning to embrace a price on carbon at a landmark U.N. climate change summit is "moving by the minute," World Bank Special Envoy for Climate Change Rachel Kyte told ClimateWire.
According to the bank, more than 40 governments and 300 companies have so far put their names to the support of economic instruments to price carbon, a figure that is expected to rise by the Sept. 23 event. And while Kyte wouldn't release specifics, she said the list will go beyond the usual green-friendly faces that traditionally lead on climate change.
New E.U. climate chief must deal with both global warming and energy, a difficult job
Environmentalists yesterday gave mixed reviews to the former Spanish environment minister selected to succeed Connie Hedegaard as the European Union's top climate change official.
Miguel Arias Cañete will serve as the European Union's next commissioner for climate action and energy, a position that for the first time bundles the two major portfolios. Under it, analysts said they expect to see Cañete juggling the threat to gas supplies from Russia with negotiations toward a 2015 global climate change agreement.