Working Around US Pledge to Leave Climate Pact

Working Around US Pledge to Leave Climate PactGlobal carbon emissions can still go down even if the US plans to cancel its Paris Agreement goals and go the dirty energy route under the administration of President Donald Trump, said Washington’s top negotiator on Nov. 14 at climate talks in Marrakesh, Morocco.  “Of course they are going to move forward,” Jonathan Pershing, a…

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US Election

Marrakech Climate Talks Thrown into Confusion by US ElectionNews broke that Donald Trump had won the US presidential election on the third day of United Nations-sponsored annual talks on climate change in Marrakesh, Morocco. Given Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric calling global warming a Chinese plot, understandably the news came as a shock. Hundreds of delegates are attending the 22nd session of the Conference of…

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?

Can the World Meet its Climate Change Commitments?There is growing concern over whether developed countries will meet their pledges to finance the historic pact agreed in Paris in 2015 on climate change, with no concrete plans on how to do so, according to critics at current United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations in Marrakech, Morocco. Instead, a women’s protest group said on Nov. 7…

Unilever Concert Deaths Test Philippine President Duterte’s Drug War

Unilever Concert Deaths Test Philippine President Duterte’s Drug WarWithin hours of taking his oath as the 16th president of the Philippines on June 30, Rodrigo Duterte stood in front of a group of Manila’s slum dwellers and thundered profanity-laden vows to kill all drug traffickers. It’s nothing the tough-talking former Davao mayor hasn’t said before, and Ariel Radovan is hoping that the president’s…

Southeast Asia Stumbles on Biofuels

Southeast Asia Stumbles on BiofuelsAlthough countries in Southeast Asia have respectfully committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the landmark pact adopted in Paris in 2015, regional economic and political developments have either slowed or halted the momentum for biofuel production and slowed the development of other renewable energy sources. These countries, collectively growing at a 5 percent annual…

Bonn Climate Negotiations

Bonn Climate NegotiationsThe past few days of United Nations-sponsored climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany, have been the focus of heated discussions over whether or not private companies should be allowed to participate as observers in the Conference of Parties (COP) 22 in Marrakech. Last week, a group of developing countries — Ecuador, Guatemala, Bolivia, and Nicaragua —…

Global Climate Change: Impossible Goals?

Global Climate Change: Impossible Goals?Given the overwhelming and seemingly almost uncontrollable amount of greenhouse gases pouring into the world’s atmosphere, it is starting to seem impossible to meet the 1.5C rise limit in temperatures by 2030. Governments may have to turn to carbon capture – so-called “negative emissions” – in the effort to control temperatures, a solution that critics…

Duterte Likely to Go His Own Way on Energy

Duterte Likely to Go His Own Way on EnergyWhile presumptive Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has named the men who will hold several key posts in the incoming government, he has yet to name the individual who will head the Department of Energy, which plays a crucial role in shaping the energy roadmap of the Philippines. The new DOE chief will have to decide…

Post-Paris: Call for Deeper Commitment to Slow Climate Change

Post-Paris: Call for Deeper Commitment to Slow Climate ChangeWith the world having just gone through the seventh straight month of record average global temperatures, climate change advocates are meeting in Bonn this week, seeking to push government bodies into following up on last December’s historic climate pact in Paris. Climate intersessional negotiations began on May 16 as countries begin to prepare for the 22nd…

Anti-Coal Movement Grows in Philippines

Anti-Coal Movement Grows in PhilippinesA year ago, with the Philippine economy soaring upward along with its expanding population, energy officials issued environmental compliance certificates for 21 new coal-fired plants to meet the country’s burgeoning energy needs. Some 40 percent of the country’s energy needs are now provided by coal, in a country whose citizens are fearful of superstorms that…
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