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EXECUTIVE PERSPECTIVE: Corporate leaders at COP24

By Tim Nixon January 25, 2019 There are increasing signs that sustainability is not just a feel-good, “you know it when you see it” trend. As investors, procurement officers, consumers and regulators look for benefits in addition to short term profitability, sustainability in the form of environmental, social and corporate governance leadership is becoming a […]

Perspectives from A Minnesota Delegate: The Many Faces of U.S. Climate Action at COP24

By Jesse Turck The 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) brought together around 200 countries to continue the worldwide initiative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. After two weeks of negotiations and strategizing, this COP saw the creation of the official rulebook for implementing the Paris Agreement. Minnesota, a member of the U.S. […]

The Top 5 Climate Moments of 2018

As we reflect back on the year, we wanted to highlight our top five moments for climate change in 2018 — some solutions-focused, and others setbacks. Amongst the climate change impacts we witnessed across the world, the swell of momentum toward the resilient, equitable, clean energy future we envision inspires us. 1. Xcel Energy committed […]

Glimmers of hope

Letter from the Executive Director We know that 2018 has been a year of occasionally unbelievable bad news, but there have been glimmers of hope as well. Climate change continued to raise the stakes for many communities, as people in the Southeast and the Caribbean continued their recovery efforts after the devastating hurricanes of last […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 17

It’s official! The 156-page rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement is written and agreed upon by more than 190 participating countries. These rules will dictate how countries tackle climate change action beginning in 2020 and beyond. Climate commissioner Miguel Arias Canete from the EU stated his view of the outcome: “We have a system […]

Your Window Into COP24: December 15

As we’re writing this, we don’t know the final outcome of COP24. While scheduled to finish Friday evening, the negotiations spilled over into the weekend as ministers attempt to come to agreement on several parts of the Paris Agreement rulebook. Late Friday night, large chunks of the rulebook were marked by empty square brackets, where […]

Hope and Gratitude

As I write this, the results of the conference are still unsure. The closing ceremony of COP24 was to start at 4 p.m. but it was delayed till 7 p.m. and now until 10 p.m. Regardless of the outcome of this political process, there are many things that continue to give me hope that we […]

Final Negotiations

I visited Auschwitz on the last morning of COP24. It was an incredibly moving experience. After getting through the ticketing process you enter the camp through the famous Arbeit Macht Frei (Work Sets You Free) gate. The next two and a half hours were amazingly sad to see the facilities and learn more about how […]

Onward!

My last day here has been met with feelings of great opportunity and optimism, as well as uncertainty and despair for what lies ahead of us as a nation and global community in the decades ahead. The majority of scientists, researchers, activists, and diplomats I’ve met over this trip have privately explained that the effects […]