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Please take a minute and support our MIT Climate Co-Lab proposal!

Hi friends!  A group of fellow students and I recently submitted a proposal in the ‘Shifting Cultures for a Changing Climate’ in the MIT Climate Co-Lab competition to create a virtual green pet named CliO (Climate Organism) that will encourage users to make more low-carbon lifestyle choices.  Think Tamagotchi meets climate change. While geared toward younger […]

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Germany hosts Sustainable Energy High-Level Ministerial Event with China and others at Doha Climate Talks

This post originally appeared on ChinaFAQs.org.  Although major greenhouse-gas emitting countries were criticized at the latest round of climate negotiations in Doha for failing to show enough ambition, an event held during the second week highlighted leadership from Germany, China, Morocco, and South Africa on clean and renewable energy. Hosted by Peter Altmaier, Federal Environment […]

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Crowdsourcing Accountability: DecisionMakr rankings Day 1&2 – Who’s on top?

The COP18 UN climate negotiations have kicked off without too much fanfare.  Host country Qatar is hosting its largest ever conference, with an expected 17,000 participants, including 1,500 media (although I heard only about half of these anticipated media actually got accredited).  So far, expectations are quite muted for the conference, with Doha meant to be mainly […]

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What to expect from China in Doha

This post originally appeared at ChinaFAQs.org. The next round of United Nations climate negotiations is gearing up to take place starting next week in Doha Qatar, where countries will look to both China and the United States to see whether domestic political events will provide any momentum for the stalling talks. However, because of the proximity […]

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New bloc of ‘Like Minded Developing Countries’ meet in advance of Doha Climate Talks

The lexicon of climate change negotiations is always full of alphabet soup – the UNFCCC, GHGs, AWG-KP, AWG-LCA – the list is endless, particularly in reference to negotiation blocs, which can be as simple as G77 & China, EU-27, BASIC, BRIC, etc. etc. While negotiation blocs have traditionally been defined in terms of economic development, it […]

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What Jeremy Lin and US-China Cooperation on Climate Change Don’t (Yet) Have in Common

This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post.  It may not be coincidental that soon after NBA Knicks’ Jeremy Lin dazzled the nation with a seemingly infallible jump-shot, China’s vice president, heir apparent and avid basketball fan Xi Jinping made an official U.S. visit. But while Lin — a Harvard graduate raised with Chinese and […]

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China promotes South-South Cooperation in Durban

As part of its green diplomacy strategy and move to promote a positive image in Durban, China for the first time highlighted its own development aid in the context of South-South capacity building and financial assistance with least-developed countries (LDCs) and small-island states (SIDs).

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