Andrew Light

Andrew Light, Ph.D., is a Senior Fellow at American Progress specializing in climate, energy, and science policy. He coordinates American Progress’s participation in the Global Climate Network, focusing on international climate change policy and the future of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. He is also director of the Center for Global Ethics at George Mason University.

Climate Change

As Durban deadline draws near, big carbon emitters should cut a deal

It's not clear when we'll get another chance to put all the world's major carbon emitters on the road to a common effort.

Climate Policy

Cutting international investments would endanger U.S. leadership

We need to step up, not cut, our funding for green energy in India.Photo: Amaresh S KThis post was coauthored by Rebecca Lefton. Lawmakers continue to debate the fiscal year 2011 budget. As we approach the next showdown this week over another temporary extension of the continuing resolution, a final resolution of the 2011 budget, or a government shutdown, the top climate issue in this debate is whether the Environmental Protection Agency should have the authority to regulate greenhouse gases. A no less critical issue, however, is the potential cuts to international climate investments and assistance. The stakes are high …

The moderately sized bang

The Cancun compromise

The consensus reached at 3:00 a.m. last Saturday to forge the “Cancun Agreements” was a critical step forward in forging an effective global compact to fight global warming. It was the best possible outcome from a meeting that was often teetering on the edge of disaster. Nonetheless, these agreements will not solve the problem, and some of the hardest issues in forging a climate treaty are still waiting to be addressed.

seeing redd

World Bank President Zoellick on the need for REDD: "We don’t want silent forests"

Robert Zoellick has been pushing hard on a REDD agreement, primarily as a vehicle to fund impoverished programs to preserve biodiversity.

Blame game

Has Japan killed the Kyoto Protocol? Does it really matter?

Japan won't renew its Kyoto Protocol commitment unless China and the US join. Greens and developing countries condemn them but can we really blame them?

So Close, Yet So Far

The path to the U.N. climate summit in Cancun and the chances of success

Representatives from 194 countries gather this week in Cancun, for the 16th meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

progress report

Taking on the global energy investment challenge

A report released today provides a progress report on commitments to clean energy development in China, India, Nigeria, and South Africa.

Real Reductions America Can Easily Afford

EPA modeling shows American Power Act brings economic and climate benefits

This post was co-authored by Richard W. Caperton. Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) released analysis today of their American Power Act, or APA, by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s analysis definitively demonstrates that we can reduce our carbon pollution and jumpstart the clean energy economy at a very small cost to American consumers. This analysis is also consistent with several other studies showing that the American Power Act would create jobs, reduce consumer energy prices, and help the United States lead the world toward stabilizing carbon emissions at safe levels by 2050. The EPA concluded …

Progress from the Copenhagen Accord: A good start to global progress on climate safety

This past December, 192 countries gathered for the 15th meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ambitions for the Copenhagen meeting were high. UNFCCC members had agreed at their 13th meeting in Bali, Indonesia in 2007 that December 2009 would be the deadline to determine a course of action forward on a plan for global reduction of carbon dioxide emissions following the end of the first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol in 2012. Center for American ProgressThe UNFCCC’s midterm goal for climate safety is stabilizing temperature change increase caused by humans to no …

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