#Paris Agreement
EU To Pass Europe-Wide Climate Law, But Will Miss Current Emission Reduction Goals

EU To Pass Europe-Wide Climate Law, But Will Miss Current Emission Reduction Goals

In a report published on Wednesday, the European Environment Agency said that Europe’s progress towards cutting greenhouse-gas emissions and boosting the share of renewables in the energy mix is not happening quickly enough and as a result, the EU will miss its goals.  Moreover, the EU can expect to confront heat waves that are more severe than recent record-breaking events every two years from 2050 on, The Telegraph reported.

Why This Matters:  The EU considers itself a climate leader globally and so missing these targets is a big deal.

Continue Reading 483 words
Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

Climate Restoration, Finally an Issue

The Paris Climate Agreement mentions climate mitigation (reducing our emissions) and adaptation (learning to live with the damage done) but nowhere does the agreement broach the subject of climate restoration: as Quartz explained, the idea of rehabilitating the atmosphere to its pre-industrial state. However last week at the UN, an event convened by the Foundation […]

Continue Reading 359 words
The European Investment Bank Joins the Fight Against Climate Change

The European Investment Bank Joins the Fight Against Climate Change

by Alexandra Patel By 2021, the European Investment Bank has stated that it will no longer offer loans to fossil fuel companies. As part of a strategy to better use its money to fight climate change, the bank will also increase its investments in clean energy. Cracking Down: This new policy came at an important […]

Continue Reading 258 words

Want the planet in your inbox?

Stay in the know, empower yourself to be a #FriendOfThePlanet, sign up to receive ODP in your inbox each morning!

80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

80 UN Nations Plan to Step Up Their Paris Climate Commitments

According to a story the New York Times broke yesterday, 80 countries want to increase their climate pledges ahead of schedule under the Paris climate accord. The United Nations explained that this signals some of them would do so at a summit of world leaders in September. Despite the United States’ withdrawal from the agreement […]

Continue Reading 516 words
House of Representatives Takes A Stand On Paris Agreement

House of Representatives Takes A Stand On Paris Agreement

Yesterday the House of Representatives voted to demand that the Trump Administration re-commit the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement, with only three Republican Members of Congress crossing over to vote with the Democrats who all supported the measure. 

Continue Reading 520 words
How Green Is Joe Biden?

How Green Is Joe Biden?

Joe Biden, the latest candidate to join the Presidential race, has yet to say where he stands on many of the issues, like the Green New Deal, President Trump’s regulatory rollbacks, and oil and gas drilling on federal land, to name just a few of today’s most hot button issues.  We took a look at his record — what he has said about climate change and how he voted on various environmental legislation when he was in the Senate.

Continue Reading 644 words
Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Earth Week Exclusive Interview with Carol Browner, Conservation Champion

Carol Browner has had a long career in public service on environmental conservation.  She was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency from 1993-2001 and served as President Obama’s Director of the White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy, and also served as a member of the Gulf Oil Spill Commission. ODP:  The […]

Continue Reading 901 words
Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

Arctic Melting Increasing, As Are Costs Of Dealing With It

A team of scientists studying Greenland’s ice mass reviewed data going back as far as 1972 for the first time, which allowed them to look at longer trends, and learned that even though there might be more snow in some years, the glaciers (large ice masses on the land) are still being negatively impacted by warming, according to a new study published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Continue Reading 534 words
Shareholders Persuade Glencore To Put a Cap on Coal

Shareholders Persuade Glencore To Put a Cap on Coal

An activist group, Climate Action 100+ along with the Anglican Church, successfully urged the multinational commodities firm Glencore to cap at current levels the amount of coal it extracts, which is projected to be 145 million metric tons.  The Company made the announcement saying, “As one of the world’s largest diversified mining companies, we have a key role in enabling the transition to a low carbon economy.”  

Continue Reading 392 words
Wisconsin Joins Climate Alliance

Wisconsin Joins Climate Alliance

Wisconsin’s new Governor Tony Evers announced on Tuesday that the state would become the 21st to join the U.S. Climate Alliance and meet the climate change reduction targets set by the Paris Agreement.  By adding Wisconsin, the states that have joined the Alliance represent nearly half the U.S. population and combined have economies worth over $10 trillion. 

Continue Reading 404 words
Interview of the Week:  Todd Stern on COP 24 and the GND

Interview of the Week: Todd Stern on COP 24 and the GND

Todd Stern is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Distinguished Fellow at the World Resources Institute. He previously served as the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the State Department, leading the U.S. effort in negotiating the Paris Agreement. ODP:  You have remained active in the implementation of the Paris Agreement over […]

Continue Reading 634 words
Democratic Candidates Get Behind the Green New Deal

Democratic Candidates Get Behind the Green New Deal

Endorsing the Green New Deal is becoming a talisman of politics in the 2020 Presidential race on the Democratic side.  The Washington Post’s Power Post pointed out that this is a policy that almost no one had heard of last November but is now one of the key planks that appears to have nearly unilateral support.

Continue Reading 505 words