Curing the Climate Zombie

A series by Tom Swann and Luke Kemp looking at the viability of the UNFCCC, potential alternative arenas for agreement and action on climate change, and potential options for reforming the UNFCCC to enable it to achieve its aims. More 


Curing the Climate Zombie Part V: Bringing Power to Paris

In the final part of the ‘Curing the Climate Zombie’ series, Luke and Tom consider the role of youth in reforming the UNFCCC, and creating a joined up movement across bodies for climate action. More 


Part IV: Bringing Divestment Logic to the UNFCCC: Other Ways Forward

In the fourth and final article in the ‘Curing the Climate Zombie’ series, Tom and Luke look at the potential of changes in policy focus by the UNFCCC to create progress on tackling climate change. More 

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Big Challenge? Big Thinking.

Judging is in it’s final stages for MIT’s Climate CoLab competition to find and fund a youth-led programme that fosters youth action on climate change. Competition organiser Antoine Ebel of CliMates tells us about the entries and how you can vote for the winner. More 

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Part III:  Remaking the Regime

With the UNFCCC remaining the home of climate action for the foreseeable future, Part III of the ‘Curing the Climate Zombie’ series considers what remodelling needs to be done to give these negotiations a fighting chance of achieving their aims. More 

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Part II: Realpolitik and Replacements: Will Alternatives to the UNFCCC Work?

With so little progress being made at the UNFCCC, some argue that climate action needs a new home. Part II of the ‘Curing the Climate Zombie’ series looks at the potential of some alternative forums. More 


Part I: Our Flawed Fortune: Should we persist with the UN Climate Negotiations?

In the first in the series ‘Curing the Climate Zombie’, regular writer Luke looks at the flaws that undermine the UNFCCC’s ability to achieve agreement & action on climate change. More 

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Lessons From the South: Towards a Green Economy in Kenya

UNEP has just released a blueprint for Kenya’s transition to a green economy. Ken Liti looks at the report and how it might influence other countries to go low-carbon. More 


Votes not Vetoes: A New Way to Cut a UN Climate Deal

For some, the UNFCCC is a lost cause; the political deadlock unbreakable. But could a switch from consensus to majority voting be the key to unlocking the negotiations? More 


The latest report from the IPCC: what does it mean for young people?

The IPCC released the second part of it’s Fifth Assessment Report yesterday. We cover the headlines, what it means for young people and policy, and top resources for more information. More