Climate News

Lessons Learned from China's ETA Pilot Programs, says CEF Director Jennifer Turner in Xinhua News

Oct 08, 2015
China's march toward a low-carbon economy and establishing a global energy network will bring more opportunities than risks. The commitment of a nation-wide carbon market will make China's intentions clear to businesses and investor about its shift to a low-carbon economy.

Shell Halts Arctic Drilling

Oct 06, 2015
Wilson Center Polar initiative Director David Biette describes the implications of Shell Oil’s decision to halt Arctic drilling. Is this a victory for environmentalists or does it have more to do with the price of oil?

Algae: Solution to Climate Change?

Oct 06, 2015
Even with efforts to address the effects of climate change gaining momentum, it will take innovative approaches to address various goals being established by a variety of countries. One such idea is the use of microalgae as a feed source for livestock. Brian Walsh believes that replacing current feed crops with algae could yield big results toward providing a solution to climate change. In fact, his research indicates a potential for reducing atmospheric carbon concentrates to preindustrial levels by the end of the century.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in the Washington Post on China's Cap and Trade Plan

Oct 01, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping made his commitment to introduce a nationwide cap and trade program to limit greenhouse gas emissions. However, the effectiveness of the emissions trading system, now being used by seven Chinese cities, will hinge on how the system is designed and implemented.

Does China Have the Institutions to Make Cap and Trade Work?

Oct 01, 2015
"We can applaud its announced commitment to carbon trading, but we should be forewarned: Cap-and-trade is a tool lifted from a very different system of governance. Carbon trading in China may be an experiment the world cannot afford," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.

Concern Over China’s Cap and Trade Program

Sep 30, 2015
While many cheered the announcement of China’s “cap and trade” program, there is some concern over whether or not it can work. Ruth Greenspan Bell comments.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Featured on BBC News Discussing China's New Carbon Trading System

Sep 29, 2015
CEF Director Jennifer Turner discusses China's newly-announced carbon trading system, examining issue areas and its role in U.S.-China Climate Agreement.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in Xinhua News on Recent U.S.-China Commitments to November 2014 Climate Agreement

Sep 28, 2015
Commitments from China and the United States, the world's two largest economies, injected fresh energy into the battle against climate change, while bolstering prospects for an ambitious pact in Paris later this year, environmental experts said.

CEF Director Jennifer Turner Quoted in U.S. News & World Report Article on China's Commitment to Reducing Carbon Emissions

Sep 25, 2015
Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit to the White House on Thursday may seem like just another in a long line of general diplomatic meetings where much is discussed but little is resolved​​​​​​​​​​​. But behind closed doors the Obama administration has built a stable diplomatic relationship with China that shows no signs of collapsing, experts say, even as the discussion between the two superpowers becomes increasingly blunt.

Change on Climate Change

Sep 23, 2015
"The current attempts to tackle climate change on an international level, undertaken by the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change diminishes its own likelihood for success in its attempt to create a sweeping plan for change. A few relatively simple changes, however, could help break the UNFCCC's repetitive cycle of failure that has progressed slowly and accomplished little," writes Ruth Greenspan Bell.