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Human Adaptation Is the Key to Conservation in a Changing Climate

Written by | July 6th, 2009

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It seems everyone is writing about climate change. But there’s one report that not many conservation biologists are talking about — and they should be. The Global Humanitarian Forum (GHF), a think-tank lead by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, recently released a report on the human impacts of climate change. The terrifying touchstones of […]

Waxman-Markey: A Step in the Right Direction for Climate Change

Written by | March 31st, 2009

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Late this afternoon, Congressmen Henry Waxman and Ed Markey released a discussion draft for energy and climate change legislation they plan on moving through the House of Representatives. This is one of many steps the House, Senate and Obama Administration will need to take to craft comprehensive legislation on climate change. My colleague, Eric Haxthausen, […]

COP-14: A Tale of Two Conferences?

Written by | December 12th, 2008

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From media reports this morning, it’s like there are two United Nations climate conferences going on in Poznan, Poland — one that is waiting for the West to do something, and one where actual progress is being made, especially by developing countries. On the progress front, the Washington Post‘s Juliet Elprin reports (registration required) that […]

COP-14: Big Guns Called In; U.S. Has Bad News on Climate Change Legislation

Written by | December 10th, 2008

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POZNAN, Poland — The big names begin arriving in Poznan today as negotiations ramp up in the final three days of the international climate change meeting. And U.S. congressional staffers warn that passage of cap-and-trade climate change legislation is unlikely to happen in the next 12 months. Former Vice President Al Gore is scheduled to […]

COP-14 Update: Adaptation Key to Negotiations

Written by | December 8th, 2008

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POZNAN, POLAND — As the second and final week of COP-14 kicks off in Poland today, developing countries have called for ecosystem-based adaptation to be a critical part of a post-2012 climate change agreement. During government negotiations last week, delegates with the “G77 and China” group, which represents all of the world’s developing countries, said […]

COP-14 Update: Seeing REDD in Poznan

Written by | December 8th, 2008

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POZNAN, POLAND — Over the weekend here at the COP-14, Duncan Marsh, director of international climate policy for the Conservancy, led a panel on why reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD) is a critical part of the climate change solution. Among the speakers were Ambassador Hans Brattskar of Norway, Benjamin Karmorh from Liberia’s Environmental […]

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