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  • Fri, 11/22/2013

    You may be wondering whom this “we” is that I’m speaking of.  Well, the collective we, of course.  On this, the last day of the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Intergovernmental Organizations (IGOs) and Non-...

  • Thu, 11/21/2013

    This afternoon’s Conference of the Parties offered some interesting insight into the positions of the parties at COP 19. Mirroring the meeting that occurred last week, individual delegations presented their positions, but this week these presentations were made by the heads of delegations –...

  • Wed, 11/20/2013

    Ever felt frustrated after looking at the sky-high cost of your airline ticket online and dreamed of inexpensive, affordable flight options? Why does it cost so much to travel around the globe?

    Turns out that the majority of the cost of a typical airline ticket comes from the rising cost...

  • Wed, 11/20/2013

    Now, we are more than halfway through the COP19 negotiations, in our second week. There have been a variety of press briefings today, but the one that seems most important is the 3...

  • Wed, 11/20/2013

    Small Particles Pack a Big Punch in the Arctic Climate

    The warming of the Arctic surface is proceeding at an unprecedented rate (IPCC) leading to increased melting of the ice shelf....

  • Tue, 11/19/2013

    On the beginning of the second week, the co-chairs of ADP (Durban Platform) drafted a text to structure future actions emphasizing the principles of convention, the need to implement previously taken agreements and increase ambition on reductions.  The US presented their position on the...

  • Tue, 11/19/2013

    The first day of the second week of the COP was filled with press briefings given by a diverse group of organizations, from the...

  • Tue, 11/19/2013

    Of late, Geoengineering has become an increasingly controversial subject.  For proponents, this is an improvement over its previously taboo status, but just because we’re discussing it, doesn’t obviate the controversy.  While there are several geoengineering options, methods that have been...

  • Mon, 11/18/2013

    Particles are the byproduct of any form of incomplete combustion.  They can come in a wide range of sizes ranging from the macro scale ash that is visible to the naked eye down to...

  • Sat, 11/16/2013

    Japan’s presentation of its new climate change policy closed the first week of negotiations at COP 19 with bad news. This, as Australia’s presentation of new and less ambitious targets, has generated strong reactions from both NGOs and governments.

    The head of the Japanese...