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COP21

  • NYC’s Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Climate Change

    NYC’s Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Climate Change

    New York City’s Carbon Challenge is helping to foster public-private partnerships that are crucial in any city’s attempt to combat climate change.

  • Understanding the Paris Climate Accord and Its Implications

    Understanding the Paris Climate Accord and Its Implications

    On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, 195 countries reached a history-making agreement to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert the direst effects of climate change. Here are some of the best and most reliable resources to help you understand the Paris accord and its implications.

  • Watch and Learn: Climate Countdown

    Watch and Learn: Climate Countdown

    Wondering what’s going on in Paris? And why you should care? A team of young people working on climate issues from many perspectives—policy, science, media, activism—have created Climate Countdown, a video web series that follows the people who are crafting paths toward a meaningful climate agreement at the Paris climate summit.

  • From Copenhagen to Paris: Low Expectations

    From Copenhagen to Paris: Low Expectations

    As we head to Paris, the expectations are profoundly lower. The national commitments that countries are putting on the table do not add up to nearly enough to keep us within 2 degrees; instead the plan is to come back every five years and hopefully do better. … It is still mathematically possible to stay…

  • From Copenhagen to Paris: Likely to Fail Again?

    From Copenhagen to Paris: Likely to Fail Again?

    All of the pledges made in Paris will be voluntary. However, countries have not always fulfilled their pledges in the past, and it isn’t obvious that this agreement is going to cause countries to behave very differently in the future.

Banner featuring a collage of extreme heat images.

Recent record-breaking heat waves have affected communities across the world. The Extreme Heat Workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners to advance the state of knowledge, identify community needs, and develop a framework for evaluating risks with a focus on climate justice. Register by June 15

  • NYC’s Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Climate Change

    NYC’s Public-Private Partnerships to Fight Climate Change

    New York City’s Carbon Challenge is helping to foster public-private partnerships that are crucial in any city’s attempt to combat climate change.

  • Understanding the Paris Climate Accord and Its Implications

    Understanding the Paris Climate Accord and Its Implications

    On Saturday, Dec. 12, 2015, 195 countries reached a history-making agreement to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions in order to avert the direst effects of climate change. Here are some of the best and most reliable resources to help you understand the Paris accord and its implications.

  • Watch and Learn: Climate Countdown

    Watch and Learn: Climate Countdown

    Wondering what’s going on in Paris? And why you should care? A team of young people working on climate issues from many perspectives—policy, science, media, activism—have created Climate Countdown, a video web series that follows the people who are crafting paths toward a meaningful climate agreement at the Paris climate summit.

  • From Copenhagen to Paris: Low Expectations

    From Copenhagen to Paris: Low Expectations

    As we head to Paris, the expectations are profoundly lower. The national commitments that countries are putting on the table do not add up to nearly enough to keep us within 2 degrees; instead the plan is to come back every five years and hopefully do better. … It is still mathematically possible to stay…

  • From Copenhagen to Paris: Likely to Fail Again?

    From Copenhagen to Paris: Likely to Fail Again?

    All of the pledges made in Paris will be voluntary. However, countries have not always fulfilled their pledges in the past, and it isn’t obvious that this agreement is going to cause countries to behave very differently in the future.