A Never-Ending Summer, Hopefully — Internship Experience at UNDP India

A Never-Ending Summer, Hopefully — Internship Experience at UNDP India

UNDP was very flexible and I got a chance to work on India’s market based mechanism, the PAT Scheme that seeks to improve energy efficiency, which consequently results in emissions reduction. Courses on climate change policy, energy finance and environmental policy solving that I had taken at the Fletcher School were instrumental in the work that I eventually undertook. I was assisting in providing policy briefs that looked at the expansion of the PAT model to other sectors of the Indian economy while making the targets for the existing designated consumers even more stringent.

Living with Climate Change in Polynesia

Living with Climate Change in Polynesia

Overcoming the resulting economic burdens is an increasingly steep hill to climb.  Local businesses are constantly adapting to climate variability.  Important fish stocks are migrating out of reach as a result of changing temperatures in the water.  Droughts are occurring for longer stretches of time although the area’s leading export and staple crop, taro, begins to wither in as little as two weeks without rain.  Inconsistent rainfall patterns are leading to less predictable outbreak periods of vector-borne diseases such as Dengue and Zika.

New Report on Climate Pricing in Practice Released at COP23 in Bonn

New Report on Climate Pricing in Practice Released at COP23 in Bonn

Today in Bonn at COP23, Climate Policy Lab released a new study, Carbon Pricing in Practice: A Review of the Evidence. For policymakers who want to understand how carbon pricing works in practice, this report provides a detailed review of 8 emissions trading systems (ETS), 5 carbon tax instruments, and 2 hybrid regimes that mix both ETS and taxes within one jurisdiction.