7 Things to Look Out for in the UN’s Green Climate Fund

by Oscar Reyes on .

The Green Climate Fund is a new UN institution that is expected to become central in providing international climate finance. Oscar Reyes identifies some of the key issues that will shape its future. See also: GCF: Progress on Adaptation, but key decisions delayed (report on 6th Board meeting, Bali) 1. Is the GCF a Fund […]

How about a typhoon tax?

by Janet Redman and John Cavanagh on .

Typhoon Haiyan should be a wake up call to US action on climate change, argue Janet Redman and John Cavanagh Americans are generous by nature. About half of U.S. families contributed to earthquake relief in Haiti in 2010, and millions of us have already supported typhoon aid for the Philippines. But there’s a golden opportunity […]

Corporate Capture in Warsaw: The ‘New Normal’ in the Disaster Zone

by Jonas Bruun and Robbie Watt on .

Disasters, inaction, and corporate sponsorship are increasingly desperate realities of the climate talks in Warsaw. IPS guest bloggers Jonas Bruun and Robbie Watt highlight the problems associated with these issues, which are rapidly becoming ‘normal’ at UN climate summits. We are half way through the 19th summit of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change […]

A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

by Alan Ramo and Janet Redman on .

Cap-and-trade offsets with out-of-state or even foreign interests won’t help the state meet its goals. California has made clear its intention to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. But is it taking the right steps to do so? The state has set a goal of returning to 1990 emissions levels by 2020. It has adopted renewable energy […]

COP19 Warsaw: A Climate Justice take on UN talks

by Climate Finance and Markets on .

To mark the start of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, a new series of Climate Justice briefings has been released offering critical perspectives on a number of the crucial issues under discussion. First up, A Vision for Equity argues that negotiations should focus on setting a “global emissions budget” to keep […]