Climate Change

  • Climate Change Revisited

    Rising sea levels, extreme weather patterns, and other examples of our warming climate pose life-altering threats to communities around the world. Ninety-seven percent of scientists have concluded that the climate is indeed warming—and that humans are playing a role.

    John Macomber, a former president of the Export-Import Bank, puts it more bluntly, calling climate change “so evident that only a few diehards dispute that something major is staring us in the face.” The question is not whether the climate is changing, but how to address it.

    To curb the effects of climate change, reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions is key. As the world’s second-largest emitter (just behind China), the United States must significantly reduce its emissions if it is to contribute to and even lead the way in the global fight against climate change. The Obama administration...

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  • TRADE in ACTION - June 2, 2017

    This week in TradeinAction: The 43rd G7 Summit has come to an end and President Trump and leaders around the world left the summit with key unresolved differences on trade, climate change, and defense, especially after the United States has announced to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Here are the 5 main takeaways you should know about. United States: Current chief Republican trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee, Everett Eissenstat, will fill the deputy director slot on the council which was vacated by soon-to-be...
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  • Will He, Won’t He? Awaiting Trump’s Decision on Paris Deal

    The world continues to wait nervously for US President Donald J. Trump’s promised decision, one that could have global implications for decades to come—will the United States pull out of the Paris climate agreement?

    Agreed to by 197 parties in 2015 and entered into force one year later, the Paris agreement set forth the first truly global climate deal. Participating countries have submitted concrete greenhouse gas emissions reductions targets with the aim of strengthening the global response to climate change and keeping global temperature increases well below two degree Celsius. However, Trump vowed to withdraw the United States from the accord.

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  • Tweet This: Multilateralism is Key to Facing Down the World’s Climate and Investment Challenges

    “Multilateralism” takes up a lot of characters in a tweet. That alone might make it unpopular with some political figures. More than that, it represents a positive outlook on the world that is at odds with the inwardness of populist discourse. Nonetheless, it is the word that should be at the center of today’s turbulent conversation.

    We face monumental challenges and only together can we surmount them. Though there’s no denying that currently Europe has many problems, it is still collectively convinced of the need to reach out beyond its borders to other continents, to other peoples.

    The framework on which this international cooperation takes place is diplomatic and financial. The diplomatic pillar is founded on the United Nations and the financial pillar is based partly around the work of the world’s multilateral development banks. So, tweet this: Multilateralism, the bulwark of our world order, promotes peace and sustainable development. It’s the...

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  • Pham Quoted by the Washington Post on Climate Change and African Crises

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  • A Welcome Disruption

    We are entering a new era of clean energy disruption. This transformation will have a global impact, including on energy security, climate change, economic development, that will have repercussions for geopolitics and international relations.

    More and more governments are realizing the importance of renewable and sustainable energy resources. Hydrocarbons will continue to play a role in industrial processes, but will gradually fade out as a transportation fuel. Electric engines and batteries for cars have been developing rapidly, as a result, electric cars have become an attractive and economically feasible option for the public, with an unprecedented increase in sales in the past couple of years.

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  • Castello-Catchot Joins Univision to Discuss US Climate Change Policy

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  • Is Latin America the New Global Leader in Renewable Energy?

    Latin America is poised to take on a lead role on climate change and renewable energy in the global arena in 2017. The enormous potential and rapid spread of renewable energy in the region has fueled hope of a global transition to a low-carbon economy. The added bonus: an economic opportunity that extends well beyond the borders of Latin America.

    Technological innovations have increased efficiency and reduced costs boosting the grid competitiveness of renewable energy. According to a World Economic Forum report in December 2016, in countries around the world—notably Brazil, Chile, and Mexico in Latin America—solar and wind energy are outcompeting fossil fuels. Bloomberg New Energy Finance predicts solar energy may be...

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  • Trump’s Energy, Climate Positions Causing Concern

    While there is “quite a bit of concern” about the direction of US President-elect Donald Trump’s energy policy, he is unlikely to take the United States out of the Paris climate change agreement for the simple reason that doing so would cause “huge collateral damage” to the United States, Todd Stern, a former US State Department special envoy for climate change, said in Abu Dhabi on January 13.

    On the campaign trail, Trump said that he would pull the United States out of the climate accord reached in the French capital in December of 2015, but after winning the election on November 8 he told the New York Times that he is looking at the agreement “very closely” and has “an open mind to it.”

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  • John Kerry Sets the Record Straight

    Secretary of State warns against ‘factless political environment,’ says the United States has been leading

    US Secretary of State John Kerry on January 10 took a thinly veiled swipe at US President-elect Donald Trump while warning of the perils of living in a “factless political environment” and expressing consternation that the process for nominating officials to serve in the next administration is being flouted.

    “Every country in the world better… start worrying about authoritarian populism and the absence of substance in our dialogue,” Kerry said, noting that there is a long, well-defined history of what happens when economic fear is exploited by “simplistic sloganeering politics.” Kerry spoke at an event at the US Institute of Peace—“Passing the Baton 2017”—that was co-hosted by the Atlantic Council.

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