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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 …

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Plans ahead

China plans to continue expanding renewable energy production

As Kay Bechtold wrote last week, 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. And according to a recent Worldwatch Institute report, China is now the world’s largest market for wind energy, with nearly one-third of total global installed capacity. These encouraging trends are likely to continue or accelerate in the years to come. Every five years since 1953, China has drafted and implemented a plan …

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states in motion

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

Richardson speaking at a spaceport dedication ceremony. The New Mexico governor spoke yesterday at Using All Tools at Our Disposal.Photo: Jeff FoustI wrote yesterday about six companies that are taking greenhouse-gas-emission reductions into their own hands. But businesses aren't alone -- state and local governments are also stepping up to the plate. A COP-16 side event Monday entitled "Using All Tools at Our Disposal" highlighted some of the progress state governments have made in recent years. The featured speaker at the event was New Mexico Governor and former Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson (D). Richardson framed the discussion by pointing …

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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." The Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson captured the exchange on video and provided this transcript: It’s you. It’s the next generation. Look: We’re doing this but this has nothing to do with us. It’s all about you. It’s all about you. We’re the ones that have caused the problem but you’re the ones …

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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 …

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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 …

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Watch like a (climate) hawk

India proposes a system to monitor carbon pollution reductions

Indian Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh.As nations seek an international agreement to reduce global warming pollution, one of the biggest issues on the table is transparency. When a country says it has reduced emissions, other nations want to know they mean it. Transparency and accountability provisions are an essential building block of an effective international system to address greenhouse gas emissions. Last year at the U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen, negotiators made a key breakthrough in the final hours. As a result of this breakthrough, developing countries will report national emissions inventories and emission reduction actions every two years. Making …

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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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Not Exactly Breaking News

Koch-funded Tim Phillips is still confused about climate change

This piece was co-written by Ryan Koronowski, Alliance for Climate Protection Research Director. This week, CNN's Parker Spitzer spoke with Tim Phillips, the head of the front group Americans for Prosperity that's funded by the oil company Koch Industries. Phillips was up to his old tricks. While acknowledging that he is not a scientist, he said that to believe climate science isn't "far from settled" would be "arrogance." Of course, his claim is the furthest thing from the truth. This was simply another attempt by an oil industry-funded, climate denial mouthpiece to try and convince Americans that climate change isn't …

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Who was the Dirtiest Polluter This Year? I'd say BP

As you may have heard by now, Repower America is currently accepting votes for our 2010 Snake Oil Awards. The idea is to identify the dirtiest opponent of clean energy this year and give it the negative attention it truly deserves. Our campaign director, Dave Boundy, argued that Koch Industries deserves to win the award. While Dave makes a solid case, I’m going to have to disagree. BP is by far the dirtiest opponent of clean energy this year. By early August of 2010, federal scientists confirmed that the BP oil spill is indeed the largest marine spill the world …

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