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Blueprint for Climate, Blueprint for Learning

COP24 in Katowice is a remarkably important gathering in the global effort to combat climate change. The devil is indeed in the details, and Parties (countries) at this year’s conference face the daunting challenge of creating a rule book that outlines the specifics for how the Paris Agreement will be put into practice. The resulting […]

A Decade for Action

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a report on the state of climate change: the science is clear. Once considered an issue for a distant future, climate change is here now. The report outlines where we are, where we need to go and by when, and how we should get there. […]

Fighting for solutions

Letter from the Executive Director The world recently passed another climate milestone. The Mauna Loa Observatory recorded its first-ever carbon dioxide reading in excess of 410 parts per million; Earth’s carbon dioxide hasn’t reached that level in millions of years. Carbon dioxide concentrations have skyrocketed over the past two years due in part to natural […]

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 […]

Shaking Al Gore’s Hand

My time in Bonn is coming to a close, and I’m sure Climate Generation’s week two delegates are getting ready to arrive. I don’t leave until Sunday, but I’m planning on being a tourist for at least part of tomorrow and checking out a little bit more of Bonn. It’s a hard choice, though, because […]

Access and Transparency

Last night, I was talking to my husband about my experience at COP23, and I confessed that I still don’t really understand what I’m supposed to be doing here. There’s definitely plenty to see, watch, learn about, absorb, etc., but I was trying to figure out if being an official “observer” of the UNFCCC negotiations […]

The U.S. Is Out, But We Are Still In

My second day at COP23 brought a good deal of reflection on what it means to be an American at a global climate change conference. It’s definitely an uncomfortable feeling. As a clean energy and climate change attorney at the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, I’m used to occupying what I view as the high […]