Blog Posts: Climate Change

What the Paris Agreement Means Post-Ratification

With the Paris Agreement heading toward ratification and the time when it will actually take force, questions surround Obama's ratification of the agreement and whether it will be binding on the United States.
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No Comments | Posted by Ethan C. Blumenthal on Tue. October 11, 2016 9:22 AM
Categories: Climate Change, Paris Agreement

Time for more bite and less bark in climate change laws

While talks regarding climate change are necessary, action is what is really needed. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea provides a potential for enforcement of climate change laws in that any member state that is not abiding by the obligations it agreed to is vulnerable to a suit under the UNCLOS for its discretions. However, nothing can change until the major players come to the table and agree to take action and be bound by their talks.


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1 Comment | Posted by Brooklyn Hildebrandt on Wed. April 13, 2016 3:44 PM
Categories: Climate Change

Draft provisions in climate pact remain vague as December conference nears

Most of the world's largest nations are pushing to conclude a landmark climate agreement in December. But their unity has come at a price. A draft agreement released in early October left open the key metric for progress.


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No Comments | Posted by Kathryn E. White on Mon. October 19, 2015 8:45 PM
Categories: Climate Change, Environmental, France, International regulatory coordination, United Nations

Russian Territorial Claim Collides with Convention on the Law of the Sea

While Russia is no longer one of the world’s two preeminent superpowers, its most recent filing with a United Nations commission aims to cement its position as the superpower in the Arctic.


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No Comments | Posted by Joseph A. Fleishman on Fri. September 18, 2015 8:18 AM
Categories: Climate Change, Energy, Natural resources, Russia, Shipping, Territorial disputes

Climate Change: Changing the Perspective of the Argument

Nearly seventeen years have passed since the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (“Kyoto Protocol”) was introduced. The protocol's purpose was to push signatory nations to reduce greenhouse gases. The United States signed on to the protocol, but it was never ratified, and the country withdrew support in 2001. Moreover, some of the world’s largest emissions producers did not ratify it— maybe a change in perspective is needed.


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No Comments | Posted by Paul L. Comer on Fri. November 21, 2014 11:13 AM
Categories: Climate Change

COP 19: A Disappointing Achievement

One of the strongest tropical cyclones in history struck the Philippines just days before key UN negotiations on climate change, killing 4,000 and displacing millions. But that did little to push the participating countries toward concrete provisions that could protect developing nations from future climate-related calamities.


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No Comments | Posted by Elizabeth M. Schoeman on Fri. February 7, 2014 8:00 AM
Categories: Climate Change, United Nations

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