Bonn Climate Talks Conclude Amid Projections of Record High Atmospheric CO2 Levels Photo credit: Flickr, Creative Commons: Adopt a Negotiator The second session of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP2)—the latest intersessional of the international climate change negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)—concluded [...]
All through the night on Friday and into the wee hours of Saturday morning (March 22-23)—while many of us were sleeping—the US Senate voted on dozens of amendments and finally passed a blueprint for next year’s federal budget (S. Con. Res. 8). ICYMI: There were some important climate-related votes you should know about.
Take Action: Tell Congress Not to Sequester Clean Energy and Climate Action Without Congressional action, drastic, automatic across-the-board budget cuts are due to take effect on March 1, 2013. These cuts, also known as the ‘sequester,’ were punted back from their original start date of January 1, 2013. The action earlier this year provided no [...]
Moving the Nation Forward on Climate We could call 2012 the ‘Year of Climate Impacts.’ In twelve short months, the nation weathered Hurricane Sandy, overwhelming heat waves, calamitous drought, and watched the Southwest burn. As President Obama said in his second Inaugural Address, “…none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling [...]
Deciphering the Doha Outcome Arabs lead the first ever climate march in Qatar, calling on nations to lead in UN climate negotiations. (Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/adoptanegotiator) In a dramatic twist, the Doha climate talks came to an abrupt end a little more than 24 hours after their scheduled conclusion. Many participants were surprised to see [...]
An Uneven Playing Field In the Face of Superstorms As Hurricane Sandy headed to the East Coast, a group of activists with 350.org, a global climate campaign, unfurled a giant parachute banner with the words “End Climate Silence.” For more info, visit 350.org. (Photo credit: flickr.com/photos/350org) By Ryan Patterson, USCAN Operations Director Both Presidential campaigns [...]
Bangkok Climate Talks (Photo credit: Adopt A Negotiator, Creative Commons/Flickr) Last week, the latest round of climate talks concluded in Bangkok, Thailand. The talks were held in preparation for the next UNFCCC Conference of the Parties (COP 18), which will begin November 26, 2012 in Doha, Qatar. The Bangkok sessions set out to resolve and [...]
The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, more commonly recognized as Rio+20, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, came to a close last week. Read about the outcome and find related resources by reading more.
Clean Air is No Joke Kids at Mayfield Memorial Missionary Baptist Church create their own “comment cards” to send to EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. (Photo credit: Jeannie McKinney, SACE) Question: what happens when an organization of health professionals, African American ministers, environmental advocates and two dozen kids walk into a bar church? Sounds [...]
Bonn 2012: So We Have an Agenda, Now What? It seems like the spirit of cooperation demonstrated by parties at the end of the UNFCCC COP17 in Durban was not carried over to the 2012 Bonn intercessional meetings held May14-25. The two weeks of agenda fights and deadlock in Bonn regarding how to move forward [...]