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.


Five Dead-Ends on the Road to the Paris Climate Talks

So far, UN climate change conferences have sidestepped the real business of keeping fossil fuels in the ground.

Spain’s Democratic Spring

Parties linked to Spain’s “Occupy” movement now lead governments in the country’s three largest cities — and they’re already ruffling feathers.

No New Measures to Avert Climate Disaster

A recap of the UN Climate Change Conference in Lima, Peru

Wealthy Countries Pony Up for Climate Justice

The developed world has pledged $9.5 billion to help fight climate change. But it’s going to take hundreds of billions more.

UN Green Climate Fund Open for Business – Now Where’s the Money?

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.

A Roadmap for Survival

The latest UN report on addressing climate change reflects a strong Western bias, but it’s the most comprehensive tool we’ve got.

A Devil’s Bargain on the Climate

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?

7 Things to Look Out for in the UN’s Green Climate Fund

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.

Opening COP19 Warsaw: A Climate Justice Take on UN Talks

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.

Climate Policy Expert Calls Lack of Money “Elephant in the Room” at Climate Finance Meeting

The Green Climate Fund was established to provide money for climate adaptations to developing countries

An Inside View on the Tricky World of Wall Street-Driven Climate Markets

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.

Blogging the Rio+20 Earth Summit for the Rest of Us: The Great Moving Nowhere Show

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.

Blogging the Rio+20 Earth Summit for the Rest of Us: The Eurozone Crisis

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.

Blogging the Rio+20 Earth Summit for the Rest of Us: What’s at Stake with the Green Economy

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.

The Spanish Bank Bailout: Digging a Deeper Hole

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.

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    Imperialism’s Junior Partners

    Jacobin | May 26, 2016