Donald Trump and the Paris Climate Agreement

November 23, 2016

What could the rest of the world do if Donald Trump pulls the US out of the Paris Agreement on climate change? Climate change negotiators from around the world—who recently met at the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco—are tasked with putting...

Climate Change: Yep, Still Happening

September 21, 2016

How did climate change become a partisan issue in America? Do you remember Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth? Was it the first time you were shocked into realizing that our planet is undergoing major climatic changes you might be responsible for? Were you frightened back then? The truly scary...

Implementing Climate Change Policies

March 18, 2016

Civil society organizations are ideal watchdogs to ensure climate change policies are implemented. Civil society organizations (CSO) have been the quintessential watchdogs of any society on any issue. In the fight against climate change, they represent the voices of the most vulnerable. CSOs...

Estonian Involvement Can Decide Success of Energy Transition

March 02, 2016

Estonia is among Europe’s worst offenders on climate change. In December 2015, people around the world closely followed the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) in Paris. The heightened interest was easily understood as so much depended on the talks. For some parties, it was a question of...

The Paris Climate Deal and What It Means for ASEAN

December 17, 2015

The Paris climate treaty is not a one shot deal that will radically stop climate change for the Asia Pacific. Since its founding in 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has evolved into a regional force that is slowly changing the landscape of global politics. Five...

Climate Deal Will Only Stick If It’s Just

December 15, 2015

COP21 has ended with a deal, but the treaty will only stick if the rich in general and the US in particular lead by example and make painful sacrifices. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference, or COP21 as it is otherwise known, has come to an end. The BBC says that a landmark deal has been agreed...

Polar Bear and the Poor Miss Out in Paris

December 14, 2015

A shaky structure and vague promises have seen the light of day following the climate conference in Paris. Chitra Subramaniam explains. The very talented Swiss artist Patrick Chapatte’s 2006 cartoon to mark the start of the international climate talks in Nairobi in November 2006 could well...

Why Do Some People Reject Climate Change?

December 14, 2015

Despite the overwhelming scientific evidence of climate change and its effects, many people are still skeptical. Climate change, its causes, its effects and how we should respond globally and individually are arguably one of the most divisive and challenging issues of our time. There is...

We Must Fight Climate Change to Win the War on Terror

December 12, 2015

We need to learn from the Syrian situation, where a lack of resources eventually led to conflict and war.  Paris, Beirut, Baghdad—all three cities were targeted by the Islamic State (IS) in November. And even with hundreds of deaths, these were only a few among countless other victims of...

Citizens Can Play Active Role in Urban Biodiversity

December 11, 2015

Loss of greenery and depleting biodiversity are leading to an increased pollution problem in cities. The word “jungle” is no longer associated with trees and animals. Cities have taken over the term, and we now have the oxymoron called “concrete jungles.” According to the United...

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