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E.U. Greenhouse Gas Deal Falls Short of Expectations

October 24, 2014

[The New York Times ]...The deal requires a 40 percent cut in emissions from levels in 1990, a period when carbon pollution from European coal plants was at high levels. In the United States, President Obama is pushing policies to cut carbon pollution by 17 percent from levels in 2005, a year in which carbon pollution was much lower, according to Robert N. Stavins of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements.

Peru Minister: US Might Make "Significant" Donation to Climate Fund

October 10, 2014

[The Hill ]...After President Obama's speech at the U.N. Climate Summit in New York last month revealed no intentions to contribute to the fund, experts close to negotiations said the road to Paris looked less certain.

“If you ask me what could happen that could blow everything up and cause the Paris talks to collapse,” Robert Stavins, professor for Harvard University's environmental economics program, told The Hill last month. “It’s the $100 billion commitment that is now on the table.”

Viewpoints: Climate Change Policy Comes with Economic Risks

October 5, 2014

[The Sacramento Bee ]...California represents less than 1 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Any solution that does not involve a global consensus will cause California to suffer very high costs without any benefits. With this in mind, noted environmental economists Todd Schatzki and Robert Stavins have outlined a possible next generation climate change framework.