Josh Nelson

Josh Nelson is a campaign manager at CREDO Mobile.

States and cities are already preparing for climate change

Many states aren’t waiting for the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions — they’re taking matters into their own hands. And according to the speakers at a COP16 side event I attended on Wednesday, the same is true for climate-change adaptation efforts. The event — “Moving Forward with Climate Change Adaptation in the United States” — highlighted several examples of state and local governments taking innovative approaches to adapting to climate change, including shore protection efforts (e.g. bulkheads and beach nourishment), modifying crop-planting schedules, and implementing “no build” zones in locations especially vulnerable to climate impacts. The discussion was …

Support Clean Development to Save Ourselves

Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed is no stranger to using blunt tactics and messages when it comes to climate change. Last fall, he held a cabinet meeting underwater to drive home the threat rising sea levels pose to his low-lying island nation. A team of scientists in 2008 predicted average sea levels would rise between 2’5” and 6’6” by the year 2100 because high temperatures are expanding the oceans and rapidly melting glaciers and ice sheets. This rise in sea level would threaten the very existence of the Maldives, which lie just 4’9” above sea level. In other words, the Maldives …

Plans ahead

China plans to continue expanding renewable energy production

China has firmly established itself as a key player in the clean energy sector. The country is significantly ramping up its renewable energy capacity, increasing energy efficiency, investing in research and development, and shutting down some of its least efficient coal plants. These encouraging trends are likely to continue or accelerate in the years to come.

states in motion

States aren’t waiting for the federal government to address climate change

Down in Cancun, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson talked about how states like his are stepping up to embrace clean energy even if the U.S. government is not.

Take this planet and love it

Figueres to youth activists: It’s not my planet, it’s yours

On Friday, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres held an informal meeting with youth activists from Tck Tck Tck’s Adopt a Negotiator program. In response to a question about what inspires her, Figueres gave an impassioned and eloquent response in which she concluded, "So what inspires me? It’s you."

Six Companies Earn Gigaton Awards for Climate Leadership

The Carbon War Room and the Gigaton Throwdown on Saturday announced the winners of the first annual Gigaton Prizes, a set of awards intended to inspire and challenge businesses to lead on climate change. The prizes were awarded to: NIKE for its energy savings program aimed at reducing its global greenhouse gas emissions; Reckitt Benckiser Group for demonstrating its leadership in mitigating risk from climate change and sustainable practices; Suzlon for its achievement in managing its emissions and overall sustainability milestones; 3M for its leadership in improving energy efficiency and sustainable practices; Vodafone Group for its new business which provides …

The United States Needs to Lead on Climate Finance

This piece was co-written by Sean Sarah, National Press Desk, Alliance for Climate Protection. Today, the Alliance for Climate Protection and the Center for American Progress released a report, based on analysis by Climate Advisers and Project Catalyst, that provides a blueprint for how the United States can show leadership on climate finance, despite current economic and political conditions, and how such leadership is in America’s vital national interest. The report shows how, by fostering partnerships with developing countries that support greater near-term action (through 2015) on climate change, the United States can demonstrate global leadership and catalyze meaningful action …

Watch like a (climate) hawk

India proposes a system to monitor carbon pollution reductions

India recently proposed a new monitoring system for major emitters that aims to bridge some major differences between developing and developed countries. But a recent letter from the Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh clarifies that India’s proposal would be contingent on two things.

Energy Secretary Chu Talks Energy Innovation and U.S. Competitiveness

Energy Secretary Steven Chu gave a speech at the National Press Club on Monday in which he referred to China’s investments in clean energy as a “Sputnik moment.” “America still has the opportunity to lead in a world that will need essentially a new industrial revolution to give us the energy we want inexpensively but carbon-free,” Chu said. “But I think time is running out,” he warned. “We face a choice today. Are we going to continue America’s innovation leadership or are we going to fall behind?” he asked. His PowerPoint presentation from the speech can be downloaded here (PDF). …

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