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Turning Down the Temperature: Freezing HFCs as a critical step in climate actionThis past week, climate negotiators gathered in Rwanda's capital Kigali to once again test the international community’s political resolve to tackle climate change, this time on a class of short-lived greenhouse gases called hydrofluorocarbons. Read More
Hurricane Matthew: What role for resilience building?Striking images of Hurricane Matthew’s trail of devastation in the Caribbean region continue pouring in, as the storm makes its way through the U.S. eastern coast. As the international development community, national and local stakeholders join efforts to respond to the storm, a focus on resilience building can be useful in four key ways, Read More
A Sliver of Light in a Controversial Nuclear Power ArbitrationA phase-out of nuclear power has triggered a controversial legal dispute with Vattenfall, a Swedish state-owned energy company, which operated and owned two nuclear reactors. The legal proceedings have so far been highly secrete, but that is changing with a decision to open up the hearings to the public. Read More
Achieving the SDGs: Can we manage the pace?The suite of global agreements adopted last year mostly focused on the coming 15-year period. So the question arises—can the intergovernmental community manage the pace necessary for success in the short time frame available? Read More