Oscar Reyes is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is a freelance writer and researcher focusing on climate and energy finance, the Green Climate Fund, carbon markets, environmental and economic justice. His publications include Change Finance, Not the Climate; Life Beyond Emissions Trading and (as co-author) Carbon Trading: How it works and why it fails.
So far, UN climate change conferences have sidestepped the real business of keeping fossil fuels in the ground.
Parties linked to Spain’s “Occupy” movement now lead governments in the country’s three largest cities — and they’re already ruffling feathers.
The developed world has pledged $9.5 billion to help fight climate change. But it’s going to take hundreds of billions more.
After four years of negotiations over the framework of a new UN Green Climate Fund, countries have agreed on what are considered “essential elements” to make the Fund operational.
The latest UN report on addressing climate change reflects a strong Western bias, but it’s the most comprehensive tool we’ve got.
Will the Green Climate Fund – the UN body tasked with funding the transition to a clean-energy, climate-resilient future in the developing world – invest in fossil fuels?
As the Green Climate Fund (GCF) Board prepares to meet in Bali, Oscar Reyes identifies some of the key issues that will shape an institution that is expected to become central in providing international climate finance.
To mark the start of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP19) in Warsaw, Poland, a new series of Climate Justice briefings has been released offering critical perspectives on a number of the crucial issues under discussion.
The Green Climate Fund was established to provide money for climate adaptations to developing countries
A new website, climatemarkets.org, offers a range of materials that could help climate activists and advocates understand climate solutions: Wall Street approaches, private investment, and more.
The Rio declaration contains 283 paragraphs of blank prose that “reaffirm,” “note,” and “acknowledge” a long shopping list of activities, but “commit” to virtually nothing.
There’s actually not such a great distance between what’s happening in Greece and the “green economy” agenda that the EU is pushing here.
Simply obtaining measures to implement the commitments made 20 years ago would be better than creating any new corporate-driven initiatives or issuing yet more empty promises.
Oscar Reyes examines the financial crisis in Spain and discusses how a 100 billion Euro bank bailout will prolong austerity and increase Madrid’s debt dependency.