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 

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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 

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The Second Coming of Copenhagen?

As the 2014 negotiating year ground into action in Bonn last week, Luke Kemp takes a look at the dynamics surrounding the failure to create a global deal in Copenhagen in 2009, how those dynamics still exist, and the role of civil society and youth in changing them. More 


The way here and the way forward: negotiating a new climate agreement

As the first round of climate talks of 2014 draw to a close in Bonn, Nathan Thanki takes an in-depth look at the ADP and what progress has been made to date. More 

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Crossroad on Earth

Results so far of the UN’s survey of people’s priorities for the next global development agenda have action on climate change in last place. Reem Al Mealla takes a look at why this might be, and what it means. More