Policy & Law

"Nature's Trust", a talk with the author, Professor Mary Wood

With evidence mounting that climate change is severe, pervasive and perhaps irreversible, why is society not responding as if it were preparing for war?  Professor Mary Wood says it’s because we assume that environmental law will protect us. But unlike many other facets of society that are innovating in anticipation of a changed climate they accept is on the way, the law is not. 

IPCC and Shell. Agreement On the Need to Price Carbon?

Niel Golightly, Shell Oil’s VP for External Affairs, discusses his company’s practice of internally assuming a $40/ton price on carbon for their long-term planning needs.  IPCC Chairman Rajendra Pachauri responds with his thoughts on how a peer-reviewed study of the practice could significantly advance opportunities for implementing a price on carbon, the single measure which many feel could do more than anything else to get CO2 emissions under control.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Rajendra Pachauri Delivers Keynote at Thursday's Annual Conference

The same week as he oversaw release of the most recent IPCC report, “Patchy” is honored for his service as YCEI’s Founding Director.  He reflects here on when he first became concerned about climate, and the hope he sees now that  major corporations are planning for a lower carbon future. He’ll be joined on the podium by Karen Seto, Coordinating Lead Author of the IPCC’s first chapter report on urbanization.

The DEEP Deputy Commissioner of Energy on Measures that DEEP is Taking for CT's Future

Katie Dykes, Deputy Commissioner, Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, speaks on Climate Change in New England at a A Town Hall Meeting, entitled, “Climate Change in New England: What’s Next?” which explores how global warming will affect New England in the 21st century and how the region is preparing for the coming changes.

"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.


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