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Climate Finance Update

Climate Finance Update

An agreement has been signed. Climate change is happening. Now how are we going to pay for all the exciting mitigation and adaptation efforts? Here is a summary of some of the latest financial commitments made during the conference, according to UK international development think tank, The Overseas Development Institute (ODI). The chart above shows a breakdown of the source of new commitments into three categories: private sector (banks and other corporations), energy innovation partnerships, and climate funds created by…

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A Day in the Life…

A Day in the Life…

Despite what you may think, we’re not discussing climate change over lunch with Obama while Narendra Modi cracks jokes about CO2 levels. In fact, the majority of the 40,000 people that have flocked to Paris for the COP will never even witness the negotiations between world leaders. Though this is obviously a crucial part of these next two weeks, the COP has much more to offer. Some may even argue that the most important work is being done outside the…

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Assessing Sustainability?

Assessing Sustainability?

According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the term “sustainable” is defined as “of, relating to, or being a method of harvesting or using a resource so that the resource is not depleted or permanently damaged.” Thus, “sustainability” is commonly linked with the idea of leaving a better planet for future generations. However, in reality, defining “sustainability” is like nailing Jell-O to a wall- impossible and pretty pointless.

Carbon Pricing at COP21

Carbon Pricing at COP21

From a business perspective, carbon pricing at COP21 is arguably the most exciting news to emerge from the first few days of the conference. Day one of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris included a high-level press conference which called on the world’s governments to begin proposing carbon prices as a policy tool to dramatically impact greenhouse gas emissions. The Carbon Pricing Panel, convened by the World Bank president and the managing director of the International…

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Day One Inside COP21

Day One Inside COP21

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21) kicked off yesterday with a high-profile Leaders Events attended by close to 150 Heads of State. Unprepared for what the next 10 days would hold, Naomi and I searched aimlessly for the entrance to receive our UN accredited observation badges. It wasn’t until a swarm of people surrounded the incoming Al Gore that we realized we were in the right place. Less than five minutes upon entering the Le Bourget conference sight and we…

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Green Business

Green Business

   On Wednesday, November 4th, the CoLA: Paris Is An Explanation class attended Emory’s annual Green Networking Night, an event that brings together sustainability professionals from a vast variety of fields, including wildlife conservation, engineering, marketing, policy advocacy, clean energy, and agriculture.