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Climate Negotiators Roll Up Their Sleeves in Bonn, With or Without the U.S.

As the next round of climate talks get underway in Bonn, the question on everyone’s mind is whether the United States government will stay in the Paris Agreement – and, if so, under what conditions. Many expect the Trump Administration to reach a final verdict any day now, and its decision will obviously have profound effects that reach far beyond this week’s negotiations. But, as always, the show must go on, and negotiators in Bonn will continue hammering out important …

The Paris Agreement Takes Flight; What’s Next in Marrakesh?

Last Friday, the Paris Agreement entered into force way ahead of schedule – less than a year after the gavel came down to adopt the climate agreement last December. This week, as nations’ representatives meet in Marrakesh, Morocco for the next annual UN climate conference (COP22), they’ll look to take an important step toward putting the landmark agreement to work.

Back in 1997, when the Kyoto Protocol was negotiated and agreed to, it took almost eight agonizing years to take …

The Missing Link in Protecting Forests

What’s the biggest missing link in finding the money needed to protect forests?

It’s not political will or public finance – though more is certainly needed – nor is it formal UN recognition of their importance; forests achieved that last December in Paris. What’s missing is the untapped power of the private sector.

One of the big surprises that came out of the Paris Agreement was the explicit recognition of the key role that forests (and land use, including agriculture) …

Slow Strides in Building the Paris Agreement Rulebook

Picking up where climate negotiators left off in Paris last December, the recent UN climate meetings in Bonn ended with slow progress on procedural issues, and as expected, there were no major substantive decisions. Bonn provided a forum for the bodies within the Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that deal with the technical and scientific aspects of climate negotiations, and its primary focus was to begin the unglamorous, yet critically important, work of creating the rules that will govern …

Forests Can Help Bridge Pre-2020 Climate Action Gap

The Paris global climate accord agreed to by all 195 nations of the world represents a significant step forward in our collective effort to avoid the worst effects of climate change. For the first time ever, both developed and developing countries have put forth voluntary pledges to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, and have agreed to accurately and transparently account for and report on their annual emissions and identify the steps they are taking to reduce their carbon pollution.

However, …

Latest Paris Text Shows Emergence of a REDD+ Package

The latest draft Paris agreement text released today shows that negotiators have made significant progress this week. Since the ADP co-chairs released the last version on Sunday, we’ve seen major reductions in the number of pages (from 47 to 29), options, and brackets (down 79%). And when the text was presented to countries today, no one immediately objected to the text – a good sign, history shows. Countries and NGOs are currently reviewing the draft agreement, and they will reconvene …

Clock Ticking As Questions Remain Over REDD+ Semantics

It shouldn’t be surprising that an issue that’s been at the forefront of international climate policy discussions for the past decade is turning out to be a key one in Paris.

As with most components of the negotiating text, the big issues around forests have already been resolved, and now the questions center on politics over seemingly subtle semantics. Negotiators are trying to operationalize – or flip the “on” switch – on finance for forest protection, a tool known as …

UN Report Reveals Climate Action “Gap” Ahead of Paris

In the run-up to the major international climate conference in Paris in five weeks, this morning the UN released a report estimating the cumulative impact of country climate commitments submitted to date. After crunching the numbers, the new “Synthesis report on the aggregate effect of INDC” indicates that the planned post-2020 actions countries intend to take under a new international climate agreement would likely result in a global temperature increase of 2.7°C, compared to pre-industrial levels.

This is …

The Return of REDD+ Signals Good News from Bonn

REDD+ is back! After much fireworks, REDD+ countries led by the Coalition for Rainforest Nations succeeded in putting forest protection back into the negotiating text for the Paris climate talks. To the consternation of many countries and conservation groups, REDD+ was no longer explicitly mentioned in the most recent version of the draft agreement to be reviewed at the upcoming COP in Paris.

“Surgical Insertions”

Yesterday the latest climate negotiations got underway in Bonn, Germany. The main issue on the …

First Draft for Paris Does Not Explicitly Mention REDD+

Earlier this week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) released the first draft of the co-chairs latest negotiating text that governments will finalize in Paris this December. The new draft succeeds in whittling the 90 pages from June’s negotiations down to a comparatively succinct 20 – progress indeed – but this new text has left out a significant piece of the climate change solution puzzle: forests. Conspicuously absent from the new draft is any explicit mention of …