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"Polluters Talk. We Walk." NGO's Make Themselves Heard at COP 19

“Polluters talk, we walk” was the chant two weeks ago, as thousands of climate change activists walked out of the 19thUnited Nations Council of Parties (COP 19) conference a day before negotiations were scheduled to end. A spokesman for Oxfam blamed negotiators for insufficient outcomes to limit global temperature rise to 2 degrees Celsius as outlined by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

COP 19: Readying to Face Big Financial Issues in 2015

While no major international climate change agreement is expected to result from the United Nations 19th annual Conference of the Parties (COP 19) in Warsaw, Poland, there is hope that COP 19 will set the stage for the big show: the 2015 International Climate Action Agreement. If successful, the 2015 Agreement will create a single comprehensive regime out of the current medley of UNFCCC binding and non-binding agreements.

Ending This Climate Madness

By Alisa Zomer

Even before the climate negotiations began this week, Typhoon Haiyan sent a message to the world – a message that is still making waves. The strength and trajectory of Typhoon Haiyan was unprecedented, even for the Philippines, an island nation that experiences more disasters than most. In response, the lead Filipino negotiator declared a fast for the duration of the climate negotiations until progress has been made to “stop this madness.”

Climate Refugees and the Challenge of Statehood: Defining the Problem, Identifying Solutions. Maxine Burkett

Professor Burkett, Director of the Center for Island Climate Adaptation and Policy (ICAP), discusses possible new government structures and considerations needed to deal with a projected 250,000,000 refugees from island nations and coastal cities in the 21st century as a result of rising sea levels.

The Quest: Energy, Security and the Remaking of the Modern World. Daniel Yergin

Daniel Yergin is Vice Chairman of IHS and the founder of IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates.  He is a highly respected authority on energy, international politics, and economics, and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book The PrizeThe New York Times has called him “America’s most influential energy pundit.” His new book — The Quest: Energy, Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World — has been hailed by The Economist as “a masterly piece of work” and “a comprehensive guide to the world’s great energy needs and dilemmas.” Dr. Yergin’s other books include Commanding Heights: the Battle for the World Economy.

He serves on the US Secretary of Energy Advisory Board, chaired the US Department of Energy’s Task Force on Strategic Energy Research and Development, and is a member of the Subcommittee on shale gas development.   He is the only foreign member of the Russian Academy of Oil and Gas, is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Petroleum. He is CNBC’s Global Energy Expert. He received the Charles Percy Award for Public Service from the Alliance to Save Energy.  The International Association for Energy Economics gave Dr. Yergin its 2012 award for “outstanding contributions to the profession of energy economics and to its literature.”

He received his BA from Yale where he founded The New Journal, and his Ph.D from Cambridge University where he was a Marshall Scholar.

Parenting the Planet. Sarah Krakoff

Sarah Krakoff of the University of Colorado Law School, teaches and writes in the areas of American Indian law and natural resources law. Her recent book, Parenting the Planet, discusses the different stages of man’s relationship to nature.  Her publications include “American Indian Law: Cases and Commentary,” (with Robert Anderson, Bethany Berger and Phil…

Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change. Andrew Guzman

Berkeley School of Law Professor Andrew Guzman holds a Ph.D. in economics as well as a J.D. from Harvard University. He has written extensively on international trade, international regulatory matters, foreign direct investment and public international law. In Overheated, he assumes a 2-degree Celsius increase in average global temperatures and explores how even that modest change might play out in flooding, prolonged drought and increased violence.


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