Kerry makes climate change a new top international priority
Secretary of State John Kerry yesterday launched a new diplomatic road map that puts climate change at the forefront of long-term global challenges.
The second-ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review is aimed at evaluating the State Department's efforts, proposing new reforms and charting priorities for the coming year. Kerry described climate change in the same language as issues like the population explosion and religious extremism, among the "vast array of challenges" that the United States must navigate.
Nations pledge a record $4.3B to offset environmental damage
Nations this week committed a record $4.43 billion over the next four years to help developing countries address climate change and other environmental issues.
The funding pledge from 30 nations to the Global Environment Facility will go toward a range of projects aimed at preventing environmental degradation in about 140 countries. Beyond climate change, the consortium of countries and institutions that make up the GEF also focuses on species extinction, toxic waste and ocean threats.
A Latin American bloc forms to push for voluntary emission reduction goals
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Two former Latin American presidents yesterday said the long-entrenched global climate change negotiations need dramatic changes in order to succeed.
Felipe Calderón, who served as president of Mexico during key climate talks in 2010, said at this point, it is economic arguments -- not scientific ones -- that must win the day.
Global conversation on geoengineering steps begins in the most recent IPCC report
In its most recent landmark report on how the international community could avert climate disaster, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change discusses climate geoengineering in more detail than it ever has before.
In the eyes of the still relatively small group of scientists and policymakers discussing the risks and rewards of climate geoengineering methods, the news was cause for cautious optimism -- and a great deal of contextualizing.