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India Is Charting A Low Carbon Future  — Building Better From the Start

India Is Charting A Low Carbon Future — Building Better From the Start

The Washington Post took a closer look at India’s chances for pulling itself out of poverty without a concomitant increase in its greenhouse gas emissions, noting that while China was unable to do so, India just might have a chance — it is on track to meet its two major pledges under the Paris agreement on climate change ahead of schedule before 2030.

Why This Matters:  Countries like India that are just now building up their middle class have the opportunity, if the cost is low enough, to leapfrog more developed countries and go directly to low-carbon, energy-efficient technologies.

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Exclusive Earth Week Interview With John Podesta, Center for American Progress

Exclusive Earth Week Interview With John Podesta, Center for American Progress

John is an original Friend of the Planet, and the Founder of the Center for American Progress, a member of its Board of Directors, and a law professor at Georgetown University’s Law School.  Not to mention a hero of ours! ODP:  Yesterday was the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  What will it take to recreate […]

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Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Biden Cleans Up In Arizona, Florida & Illinois: Did He Continue To Win “Climate Voters”?

Former Vice President Biden continued to rack up primary victories on Tuesday, winning big in both Florida (where Biden won every county) and Illinois, while Sanders lost ground versus his vote totals in both states compared to 2016. Biden also won Arizona.  Young voters are not turning out in the numbers Sanders’ campaign expected — […]

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Mike Bloomberg: Now on the Debate Stage, But Where Does He Stand?

Mike Bloomberg has a very strong record of environmental accomplishments as Mayor of New York and since he left office, and he has detailed proposals on climate change, but fewer plans for what to do about other environmental problems like clean water and toxic waste, endangered species and other natural resource issues. 

Why This Matters:  Bloomberg has the means to develop detailed policy plans on the full range of conservation and environmental issues and the ads to go with them, but the “green” plans on his web site are not as broad as the other candidates’ — at least not yet.

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The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The EU Contemplates A Carbon Tax At the Border, Spain Is Latest to Declare Climate Emergency

The European Union is seriously considering imposing a carbon border tax on items it imports from countries that do not meet climate goals, and the U.S. is apparently pushing back arguing that this would hurt U.S. businesses and jeopardize a purported U.S.-E.U. trade deal.

Why This Matters:  It may not matter that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris Agreement because the rest of the world is going to make the U.S. comply with it one way or another.

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Latest Polling Data Shows Climate Change Rising on List of Voting

Latest Polling Data Shows Climate Change Rising on List of Voting

A new survey shows climate change is rising on the list of issues that will impact who voters select when they go to the polls this year — and for liberal democrats, it is the most important issue.

Why This Matters:  Climate change is a key issue in the election and clearly an issue on which the Democratic candidate can appeal to independent voters, drawing a stark contrast with President Donald Trump.

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Democratic Debate Finally Elevates Climate Change to Top Tier Issue

Democratic Debate Finally Elevates Climate Change to Top Tier Issue

Tim Albert, Politico’s Chief Political correspondent, broke the climate barrier and asked a climate question in the first hour. Interestingly, none of the candidates — not even Bernie Sanders — said the words Green New Deal.

Why This Matters:  It would have been debate malpractice for PBS and Politico to ignore climate change in California, where its impacts have hit the state hard.  All the candidates recognized that climate is an existential crisis, they were optimistic about the ability of the U.S. to innovate its way out of the crisis, and all of them emphasized the job-growth potential of transitioning away from carbon.

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UN Climate Meeting Ends In Frustration, With No Deal

UN Climate Meeting Ends In Frustration, With No Deal

After extending negotiations for and additional 40 hours, global leaders were not able to find agreement on key issues such as an emissions trading market scheme, damages for countries that are negatively impacted, and raising ambitions on current emission reduction pledges.

Why This Matters:  No amount of extreme weather disasters, climate refugees, youth climate strikes or dire warnings from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was sufficient for the nations of the world to “get to yes.”

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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