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Small Islands vs. Climate Change

During COP this year, there has been a large focus on small islands because the host, Fiji, is a small Pacific Island nation. Many other small islands in the Pacific have sent delegations to COP23. Many of these islands are struggling with different facets and effects of climate change. Throughout this conference, many of these […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 10: November 15

Watch our Education webcast in partnership with the Climate Literacy Network (CLEAN), featuring our delegates John Olson and Adri Arquin. When the U.S. announced that it would pull out of the Paris Agreement, it was quickly realized that others would need to step into the leadership vacuum. In addition to cities, states, colleges and universities, […]

Tuesday’s focus on state actions

Today (Tuesday) was fast-paced, and I will describe a few highlights. It seems attending press briefings and reading summaries from organizations are some of the best ways to find out the conference’s progress on the issues that are being negotiated. The Climate Action Network reports that there is progress on defining rules for national reporting […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 9: November 14

The involvement of the U.S. government in the Bonn Climate Talks remains limited as the only scheduled event was held yesterday. Moderated by Francis Brooke, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence, the panel promoted the use of fossil fuels and nuclear energy and featured executives from the natural gas company Tellurian, coal mining company […]

Monday, Week Two at the Climate Conference

Today was my first day attending sessions at the conference, and I am back on track after my jetlag. An orientation session by Climate Action Network (CAN) for new COP attendees certainly helped me understand the purpose and structure of the conference. Since I know there may be some new readers to the blogs, I […]

Collaboration is the key to making progress

State leaders from around the country converged today to send a clear message to the rest of the world that a significant portion of the United States is still committed to reaching the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement. A panel of governors and former governors spoke this morning. The most entertaining speaker was […]

The Bonn Zone!

When we started today, I was excited. Since we weren’t able to get into the Bonn Zone yesterday, I was happy that I was able to find out more about COP. The first area I explored was the large pavilions. The pavilions were made up of representatives from all different countries. A couple of the […]

Your Window into COP23 Day 8: November 13

Things are usually a bit more quiet on the weekend at the COP, and other events often are hosted. This Sunday there was a Climate Summit of Local and Regional Leaders; a premier gathering of governments to talk next steps in climate action and facilitate partnership for implementation of the Paris Agreement. Subnational climate speakers from […]