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When Is a Climate Target “Legally Binding”?

Countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom have enshrined climate goals into national law. What happens if they miss them?

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Noah J. Gordon
Dan Helmeci
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Climate Change Wants All the Smoke

Canadian wildfires recently turned the sky above New York City into a gloomy red. Particles in the air, however, have the beneficial side-effect of cooling planet earth down. Climate scientists are looking into them as an emergency measure.

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Noah J. Gordon
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The German Greens’ Identity Crisis

Germany’s Greens have been forced to compromise on many of their core beliefs while in government. To maintain their electoral support, they need to continue to combine pragmatism with climate-centered policies.

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Loyle Campbell
Leonie Oechtering
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Europe Reminds the World What Climate Policy Looks Like

So much attention has been paid to the US climate legislation, the Inflation Reduction Act, that the EU’s own, larger climate package has flown under the radar.

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Noah J. Gordon
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Finally, a US Climate Bill

EU trade officials might be up in arms about aspects of the US Inflation Reduction Act, but it offers the best opportunity for transatlantic climate cooperation in years.

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Noah J. Gordon
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Russian Energy Out, African Energy In?

In its attempt to drastically reduce its dependency on Russian oil and gas, Europe is turning to Africa. But the move is problematic, as producing fossil fuels on the continent presents its own challenges.

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Noah J. Gordon
Theodora Mattei
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Germany Finally Starts to Turn from Russian Gas

There was no alternative for Germany to buying gas from Vladimir Putin, until there was. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has reminded policymakers in Berlin that emergency action in the energy sector is possible.

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Noah J. Gordon
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Will the Traffic Light Turn Green?

Intra-coalition infighting, questions about EU policy, a mismatch between targets and policies—no sector better represents the climate challenges facing Germany’s government than transport.

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Noah J. Gordon
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COP26: Quite Successful, for a Conference

In the days since the COP26 climate summit, it’s become clear that international conferences can only do so much to determine national climate policy. That’s no reason to despair.  

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Noah J. Gordon
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The Case for Climate Optimism

Efforts to mitigate climate damage are not going well ahead of COP26. But they could also be going much worse.

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Noah J. Gordon
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