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Electrifying Africa – But at What Cost to Africans?

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

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.

What’s Hot and What’s Not at COP19 in Warsaw

As negotiations at the annual UN climate summit enter their final days, three participants weigh in on what’s hot – and what’s not – at COP19.

A flaw in California’s cap-and-trade plan

Cap-and-trade offsets with out-of-state or even foreign interests won’t help the state meet its goals.

Corporate Capture in Warsaw: The ‘New Normal’ in the Disaster Zone

Disasters, inaction, and corporate sponsorship are increasingly desperate realities of the climate talks in Warsaw. IPS guest bloggers highlight the problems associated with these issues, which are rapidly becoming ‘normal’ at UN climate summits.

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.

Electrifying Africa – But at What Cost to Africans?

Two U.S. initiatives to provide Africans with electricity seem likely to lead to large, climate-polluting projects rather than the locally sourced renewable energy rural Africa needs.

The Tata Mundra Coal Plant: A Test for Presidents Obama and Kim

Coal is a bad investment – for the poorest, for those consuming the power, for the World Bank, and more broadly, for all of us.

Arctic Melting at Record Rate

“We are living through a rate of warming that we haven’t seen in 65 million years.”

Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Fire

The World Bank is phasing out of coal and ramping up support for “fracked” natural gas, even though research suggests that climate impacts of fracking may be even worse than coal.

Climate Milestones in President Obama’s Speech

Obama is finally showing us he is willing to fight – on coal, on tar sands, and on climate. His apparent willingness to challenge the climate impacts of coal and tar sands – after years of silence on both topics – is cause for some celebration.

Video: Daphne Wysham Discusses Highlights of Obama’s Climate Speech

President Obama moves in the right direction on carbon emissions and Keystone XL pipeline, but disappoints on the promotion of fracking, says Daphne Wysham.

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

A new website,, offers a range of materials that could help climate activists and advocates understand climate solutions: Wall Street approaches, private investment, and more.

Robin Hood Tax, Not Corporate Greed, Should be Focus of Climate Finance Meetings, Say Activists

Chanting, “Human need, not corporate greed! Robin Hood Tax now!” protesters dressed as polar bears, farmers, and bankers engaged with officials entering the meeting to urge them to support a Robin Hood Tax.

Wall Street’s Climate Finance Bonanza

Government officials from an elite group of developed countries meeting in Washington DC appear to be on the brink of instigating yet another big bank giveaway, this time in the name of fighting climate change.

Civil Society and Entrepreneurs Call on World Bank to Clean Up Energy Lending

Over 55 development, faith, human rights, community, and environmental groups from more than 20 countries teamed up today to ask World Bank President Jim Kim to end Bank support for all fossil fuel projects unless the projects are solely focused on directly increasing energy access for the poor.

Civil Society to Green Climate Fund: Don’t Shut Us Out!

The active and engaged participation of civil society at the Board and country level is essential for creating an effective, equitable and environmentally sound Fund that can be responsive to the differentiated needs of men and women, minorities and indigenous peoples increasingly impacted by climate change.

Interview with Janet Redman, IPS, on the Green Climate Fund

As meetings begin in Berlin, Germany, Redman says that the Green Climate Fund must be focused on meeting the needs of people in developing countries, not maximizing corporate profit.

4 Things Obama Can Do Now to Fight Climate Change – Without Congress

President Obama took a bold tone on climate in his State of the Union address. Here are four things he can do right now, without Congress, to address climate.

A Quick Look at the Ecological State of the Union

Four actions that Obama can take now, without Congress, to address climate change. Obama doesn’t have to wait for Congress to act, and we don’t have to wait for Obama, either.