US Climate Negotiator Back For More: Sue Biniaz

US Climate Negotiator Back For More: Sue Biniaz

As Former Secretary of State John Kerry looked to assemble an all-star team to support him in his new Climate Special Envoy role, there was one person he wanted by his side — Sue Biniaz.  The Former Deputy Legal Adviser at the State Department, who left the agency after the Trump administration took office, knows the Paris Agreement inside and out.

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The Paris Agreement at 5: Increasing Ambition

The Paris Agreement at 5: Increasing Ambition

A key feature of the Paris Agreement is that it’s not a static promise. Current climate policies won’t get the world to the target below 2 degrees C of warming, but the agreement was designed for countries to report progress and over time increase their efforts. Every five years, each country is supposed to submit new climate pledges that are more ambitious than their previous ones.

Why this Matters: Holding countries accountable for increasing commitments to address the climate crisis is essential because we’re nowhere near the level of meaningful action needed.

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First Japan Underwhelmed, Now China May Be Late Announcing Their National Climate Plans

First Japan Underwhelmed, Now China May Be Late Announcing Their National Climate Plans

Due to the coronavirus-induced economic slowdown, Climate Home News and then Axios reported that China is delaying the release of its revised plans for how it will update its Paris Agreement targets until at least after the U.S. Presidential election.

Why This Matters:  The coronavirus cannot be an excuse to lower climate ambitions, instead it must be seen as an opportunity to elevate them.

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