Holding cities accountable for their mitigation commitments

Cities have become a major actor in climate change mitigation, at least if you follow the announcements of progressive majors and city summits. Particularly in the US after Trump’s announced withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, many cities pledged that they will stick to the Agreement regardless of what their national government does. Such commitments sound […]

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Solar geoengineering, governance, and parametric insurance

Solar geoengineering – or technological interventions to reflect a small portion of incoming sunlight to partially offset the effects of climate change – is a controversial, challenging, and risky proposition.  While its science and engineering aspects present numerous technical difficulties, its governance dimensions—making decisions about whether and how to use this technology—will be even more […]

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Climate policies in South Africa must be expanded beyond pricing mechanisms to reduce poverty

The good news is that we can reduce poverty and emissions at the same time in highly emissions intensive developing economies. We can only do it, however, if we take everyone along, the rich and the poor. Everyone needs to get their piece of the cake to have an incentive to change pathways. Carbon pricing […]

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Looking beyond the “energy trilemma” – the role of energy industry goals in explaining climate policy ambition

To prevent dangerous levels of climate change, the Paris Agreement defined a target of limiting global warming to 2°C. This target can only be achieved through a rapid and deep decarbonization of the economy, and particularly the energy sector. What is needed is a technological transition from greenhouse gas emitting technologies to low or zero […]

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Bye, bye global carbon market?

Our new article with David Victor and Arild Underdal in Climate Policy looks systematically at the political economy of the diffusion of emissions trading system (ETS) designs and has sobering implications for the vision of global carbon-market linking. Ever since the middle 1990s when serious efforts were made to promote the use of emission trading […]

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Including Animal-to-Plant Protein Shifts in Climate Change Mitigation Policy: A Proposed Three-step Strategy

In my new article published in Climate Policy, I outline the need for strong and rapid greenhouse gas reductions from the agriculture sector, and propose a three-step strategy for including animal to plant sourced protein shifts in climate policy. The article covers five main aspects: The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions strongly and rapidly […]

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