Chrissy Schwinn

018cclimbinggrey_closeup1Chrissy Schwinn manages communications related to the Conservancy's international policy efforts -- including engagement in international environmental treaties on climate change (UNFCCC) and biodiversity (UNCBD). She started with the Conservancy in 2001 working in rural northwest China before taking a U.S.-based position promoting global issues including climate change, protected areas, marine and island conservation and others. From her travels and work in the developing world, Chrissy has a particular interest in the intersection between biodiversity, climate change and human development issues.


Chrissy's Posts

Rivers Are To Singing as Climate Change Is To Drinking

February 15th, 2010
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Climate change will affect much more than nature and your livelihood -- it's going to change the names of some of our favorite drinks. Chrissy Schwinn investigates. More

The List: Who’s Willing to Act on Climate Change

February 10th, 2010
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Which web page is most watched by the international climate change community? A simple but growing list of country pledges to limit emissions, says Chrissy Schwinn. More

Copenhagen Accord: Can Two Tables Change the World?

January 21st, 2010
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China and the United States are each waiting for the other to take action on climate change. Do two little tables in the Copenhagen Accord give them the opportunity to act together? More

The Inside Skinny on Copenhagen from Conservancy Experts

December 3rd, 2009
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Next week this time, The Nature Conservancy’s climate change team will be in Copenhagen for the long-awaited international climate negotiations. It’s been a long road, with many but not all milestones being passed. Last week, we saw an announcement that President Obama will go to Copenhagen, with proposed emissions reductions targets from the United States […] More

Where Are We on the Road to Copenhagen?

November 9th, 2009
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It was a very busy week last week in the world of climate change, with lots of activity on both the domestic and international fronts. UN negotiators wrapped up talks in Barcelona, the last before the big event in December in Copenhagen. And climate and energy legislation moved in various ways in the U.S. Senate. […] More

Bangkok Dispatch: Now It’s Our Turn

October 15th, 2009
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The international climate talks in Bangkok, Thailand ended last week with little progress but a clear directive. Political leaders must give their negotiating teams some parameters to enable real negotiations to take place and reach a final agreement in Copenhagen in December. The talks didn’t really do too much more or less than expected. We […] More

Bangkok Dispatch: Elephants Take Over Climate Talks

October 5th, 2009
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We are headed into Week Two of international climate negotiations here in Bangkok. Progress is slow…but there is some progress. I asked Andrew Deutz, The Nature Conservancy’s director of international government relations, to provide some context on what’s going on…and what it means for a climate-change agreement in Copenhagen this December: Q: What progress has […] More

Bangkok Dispatch: Climate Negotiations Resume

October 2nd, 2009
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We are back on the negotiating trail, this time in Bangkok, continuing international discussions that happened in Bonn in June and August. I arrived here late last night wondering what I would wake up to in the morning. So much has been happening recently on climate change, from last week’s “Climate Week” in New York […] More

Climate Week: Who Controls the Earth?

September 23rd, 2009
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Climate Week is here — a series of meetings at the United Nations headquarters in New York among world leaders to discuss at the highest levels of government how to make progress toward a global climate change solution. But what does Climate Week — and all the negotiations through Copenhagen and beyond — really mean? […] More

Report from Bonn: Climate Adaptation and Wrangling ’200 Pages of Nonsense’

August 14th, 2009
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Here’s a guest post from Suzy Menazza, a senior policy advisor for The Nature Conservancy for the Asia-Pacific region, from the international climate negotiations just concluded in Bonn: Suzy Menazza: “What we have is 200 pages of incomprehensible nonsense” — that’s how UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo De Boer commented on the status of the negotiations […] More

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