Act NOW with the LONG view in mind.

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Every report and every session at COP24 has emphasized that we need to do more – faster – sooner – NOW.   There is also a real emphasis on the importance of long term planning – of looking to at least 2050.   Long term planning matters in climate change policy for three primary reasons. First, a…
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The Rebound of Age-old Agricultural Ecology

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A side event at the Pacific and Koronivia Pavilion sponsored by France at Tuesday’s installment of COP24 focused on the development of agroecology and scaling-up its performance and potential.  The meat of the session focused on research and development around shifting agricultural norms toward using more local inputs, supporting holistic ecosystem approaches such as integrated…
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Our Talanoa: Recognizing a Common Thread

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Few things are as complex as the myriad relationships that exist between the countries of the world. Like unruly children, they’ve fought, made peace, gotten bored, and hit each other again when mom wasn’t looking. Putting them in a room together, even when they’re negotiating for something mutually beneficial, can be a hotbed of tension….
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Voluntary Cooperation (ITMOs) the Unknown Monster

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An important item under negotiation at COP24 is the concept of voluntary cooperation in mitigation. This item is of huge importance as developing countries need funding and financing to engage in low-carbon development and adaptation but they don’t have mandatory mitigation targets. Developed countries are the ones with the economic resources but they also need…
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Adaptation and Gender Issues

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Article 7 of the Paris Agreement sets the global goal of enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change, with a view to contributing to sustainable development and ensuring an adequate adaptation response to climate change. Section 7.5 of the Paris Agreement further clarifies that adaptation action should follow a country-driven, gender-responsive,…
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The Room Where it Happens: The Indispensable Role of the Observer

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As TIME Magazine recognizes its 2018 Person of the Year, observers, reporters, and advocates of the truth find themselves lauded among activists. The Guardians and the War on Truth were recognized as the Person of The Year for “taking great risks in pursuit of greater truths, for the imperfect but essential quest for facts that are central to…
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The Pre-2020 Stocktake: Disappointment and Resolve

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As with any massive undertaking, practice makes better. The Global Stocktake in 2023 is no different. In accordance with decisions at COP21, to implement enhanced action prior to 2020, and at COP23, emphasizing that enhanced pre-2020 ambition can lay a solid foundation for post-2020 goals, this year’s COP held a two-part assessment of global progress….
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Market, Makers, and Mitigation

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There’s something intoxicatingly distinct and unique about a Bordeaux red. Those deep earthy flavors that mingle perfectly with its subtle fruitiness have tantalized French tongues and international markets for years. But in 2050 that is projected to all change due to climate change. And that is the premise Bordeaux 2050. It is a new wine meant…
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Using Blockchain to Avoid Double Counting While Empowering Everyone to be Part of the Solution

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Today’s side event at COP24 for Blockchain Technology for Enhanced Climate Action emphasized the importance of distributed ledger technology (DLT) to accelerate mitigation solutions for climate change and empower non-country parties to work together. The event featured the Climate Chain Coalition founded just one year ago but already bringing together 140 organizations with a mission to…
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Finance Flows For the Future of Forests

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The Paris Agreement seeks to achieve a balance between mitigation and adaptation activities.  Financial mechanisms are a highly sought out means of addressing this balancing act, both within the FCCC and beyond.  While the forest resource is certainly not unique in its desperation for tapping into potential funding pools, forests are currently undervalued and therefore…
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The Engineering Perspective of Adaptation and Infrastructure

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At a side event entitled Progress and Prospects: The Implementation Challenge of Adaptation within the Paris Agreement held at COP24 on December 10, 2018, representatives from the World Federation of Engineers Organization (“WFEO”) and Engineers Canada reiterated that, considering our changing climate and the fact that infrastructures are fundamental to the development and functioning of…
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Private Investors Help Fight Climate Change

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The IPCC 1.5 special report cannot be ignored. Our current pace of environmental degradation will lead to disastrous consequences. Now is not the time to put our heads in the ground and pretend that climate change does not exist. You cannot deny that some force is taking place, changing the inventory of our resources. I…
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Defining Climate Refugees

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Under the Geneva Convention, a refugee is someone who is unable or unwilling to return to their country of origin owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group, or political opinion. However, when migrants flee a country due to climate change, they cannot…
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