REMI Briefing at the World Bank

IMG_0386.jpgOn Thursday, November 20, at the World Bank headquarters, in Washington, DC, Scott Nystrom and Fred Treyz of REMI joined John Hansen and myself of Citizens’ Climate Lobby, to brief leading economists, policy experts and researchers. The centerpiece of the briefing was Scott’s detailed reporting of the findings of the study he published in June 2014, on the economic impact of a revenue-neutral Carbon Fee and Dividend (F&D) plan.

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US-China Climate Deal Opportunity for Market Solutions, Major New Investment

obama-xi-ccdeal.jpgThis morning, the United States and China announced a bold bilateral emissions-reduction agreement. The US agreed to reduce total emissions by 26-28% by 2025, and China agreed to peak its emissions no later than 2030. While bold, and vital to achieving a global transition, the agreement is a beginning, and will need to be strengthened, if we are to see the most economically efficient process for relieving cost and harm coming at us through a disrupted climate. 

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Uniting Stakeholders for Engagement and Action

The Pathway to Paris project aims to solve many problems at the same time:

  1. We want to raise awareness about the catalytic potential of the Paris negotiating process.
  2. We want to ensure enhanced citizen participation in the process of policy making and implementation. 
  3. We want to raise awareness of the ways in which carbon pricing can spur economies while decarbonizing them. 
  4. We want to foster an understanding of the ways climate disruption and carbon pricing cut across other areas of policy.

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A Call for Global Citizenship

Report from the World Bank / IMF Civil Society Forum

JR-question.jpgIn the years I have been attending and contributing to the World Bank / IMF Civil Society Policy Forum, I have witnessed a distinct and ongoing evolution. Multilateral institutions like the World Bank and IMF, which are funded by and directed by governments, and which do business with governments, have direct impacts on elements of society that are not in the room when decisions are made. So civil society organizations have an important role to play in highlighting and reducing major risk areas, and in shaping policies that lead to better outcomes.

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World Bank IMF Civil Society Meetings on Storify

Last week's World Bank / IMF Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum were a breakthrough opportunity for ciitizen engagement and grassroots policy advocacy, on the inside of two of the world's most powerful institutions. Citizens' Climate Lobby was there, advocating for responsible climate policy, in line with the Pathway to Paris core principles. View my full Storify archive of tweets and links from the 2014 World Bank / IMF Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum, by clicking here: storify.com/poeteconomist

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Will Post-2015 Development and Climate Goals Align

In this piece, #ClimateTracker Sarabeth Brockley reflects on the UN’s efforts to align the global climate regime with the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals

After a marathon session at the UN in New York last week for the 65th Annual United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI) Session, the world is now one step closer to a to-do list to end poverty that includes one of its main drivers: climate change.

In the case of the Post-15 Agenda and the UNFCCC, the chances for their goals to compliment the other could easily dismantle and confuse global negotiations for the issues surrounding climate change, sustainable water, energy, and food scarcity.  Can these two Draft Agreements work together to integrate and not desaturate the necessary components each brings to the table?

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Fiscal Health Requires Climate Action

Inaction to confront and reduce the risks of ongoing climate destabilization is bad fiscal policy. That is the message coming from the International Monetary Fund, the world's leading fiscal rescue institution. The IMF deals with countries in default, or whose fiscal solvency is so delicate as to verge on catastrophe. In late 2013, one island nation saw 15% of annual GDP wiped out in 3 hours of unprecedented rain. Such sudden, unpredictable impacts make reliable fiscal policy planning impossible, because the value of any one dollar of spending or investment is so destabilized.

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Release: Global Climate Strategy Whitepaper

pathway-report-cover-full.pngAs impacts from global climate change gather force and escalate, a network of partners across the world is looking to secure an effective agreement in Paris, at the end of 2015, to stave off catastrophic climate disruption. The "bundle of everything" strategy for global treaty negotiations has not given us a true global solution. The global strategy whitepaper being released by Citizens' Climate Lobby offers a more streamlined, more direct approach to pricing carbon and reaching global agreement on how to frame what will ultimately be distinct policy choices that must set a strong price signal everywhere. 

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