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Guest editorials archive 2014

Falling in Love with the Earth
Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh speaks about the intimate connection between humankind and the Earth, which nourishes and protects us. He stresses the importance of recognizing this special relationship and acting upon it to save our planet's future.

image  Why the Next Climate Treaty is Vital for my Country to Survive
The Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony de Brum stresses the importance of forthcoming emissions targets, especially for countries less than two metres above the rising oceans.
image  UN Climate Summit: The Chance to Prove That We Are Climate Leaders
In this editorial, Christopher Jorebon Loeak, President of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, underlines the importance of Ban Ki-moon's Climate Change Summit in September this year, particularly for a vulnerable country like his own that is already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world.  
image  Growing green cities Upgrading urban infrastructure is essential for developing strong, resilient cities and private investment is the key to help pay for it, says chief economist Michael Heise of Allianz SE.

Yields and More
This editorial in the journal Nature Climate Change gives interesting scientific insights on how to manage our agricultural land in such a way as to eliminate hunger while minimizing contributions to climate change.  

 image The Coming Climate Crash - Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession
Henry M. Paulson Jr, former US Treasury Secretary, writes about "The Coming Climate Crash: Lessons for Climate Change in the 2008 Recession" in the New York Times.
 image Bringing Green Energy and Green Jobs to Bangladesh
This video highlights how the government of Bangladesh has been working with the International Labour Organization (ILO), social partners and civil society groups to train rural people in solar power use. 
image How the Insurance Industry Sees Climate Change
In this editorial, author Eugene Linden looks at how the insurance industry is finally waking up to the threat posed by climate change.
image  "I am confident the SIDS Conference in Apia, Samoa this September will bring about strengthened action and partnerships in support of SIDS’ fight against climate change."

Read blog by Wu Hongbo, UN DESA’s Under-Secretary-General & Secretary-General for the Third International Conference on SIDS
image  Hungry for Climate Action: A Moral Call to Act
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 by Caroline Richter, Youth Secretary of the Lutheran World Foundation, who is joining thousands around the world in observingmonthly fast for the climate days until 1 December 2014 - the opening day of the next UN Climate Conference in Lima, Peru.
image What is 'Carbon Neutrality' – And How Can We Achieve it by 2050?
In this blog, climate policy expert Farhana Yamin explains what becoming 'carbon neutral' means and how we can make it happen.
image WED Challenge 2014. Will You Step Up?
UNEP Goodwill Ambassadors, Don Cheadle, Yaya Touré, Gisele Bündchen and Ian Somerhalder are sending an SOS to the world to take action for World Environment Day by joining one of their teams to combat climate change.
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image Invest in the Future - Not in Fossil Fuels
Frances Beinecke, President of the National Resources Defence Council, talks about a newly created tool to get oil, coal and gas out of investment portfolios.
image Can Stoltenberg Tackle NATO's Climate Mission?
By Sherri Goodman, Executive Director, CNA Military Advisory Board and former US Deputy Undersecretary of Defence, and Francesco Femia and Caitlin Werrell, Co-founders and Directors, Centre for Climate and Security.
image An Animated Introduction to Fossil Fuel Subsidies: Problems, Opportunities and Making Reform Work Sustainably.
Video produced in cooperation between the Global Subsidies Initiative and the World Bank Institute's Climate Change Unit.
image Cracking the climate finance conundrum in 2014

Amal-Lee Amin, Associate Director of E3G, identifies four major elements of climate finance that need to see strong progress in 2014.

image The Longer World Waits to Address Climate Change, the Higher the Cost

Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, discusses the economic argument for swift action to address the climate challenge.

image View the official film for the 2011 International Year of Forests by Yann Arthus-Bertrand.
image image Managing Climate Risk
IPCC Working Group II Co-Chairs Chris Field and Vicente Barros highlight the dangers and opportunities identified in the IPCC's latest report on impacts, adaptation and vulnerability.
image The Climate Change Agenda Heats Up
Michael Jacobs, Senior Adviser at the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations in Paris and visiting professor at the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the LSE, on how climate change is moving back up the global agenda.
image Rajendra Pachauri: human society will see sense on climate change
In an interview with the Guardian newspaper ahead of the 31 March launch of the IPCC's Fifth Assessment Report Part Two, IPCC Chair Rajendra Pachauri expresses optimism that human society will see sense on climate change.
image Climate change: Is it time for international agreements to recognize national laws?
US Senator Ed Markey, John Gummer, President of GLOBE International, and Cedric Frolick, House Chairperson of the South African National Assembly (ANC), express their views.
image Video message by Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women, on the occasion of International Women's Day.
image Time to leave GDP behind
January 2014
Gross domestic product is a misleading measure of national success and countries should act now to embrace new metrics, urge Robert Costanza and colleagues in a paper published in Nature.
Annan final A united call for action on climate change
In an editorial, Kofi Annan, as Chair of "The Elders", appeals for bold leadership from governments, businesses and citizens to achieve a carbon-neutral world
More Setting the course for low-carbon growth
The reaction to the European Commission's proposal for 2030 climate targets has had a timid reception in Europe compared to the more positive comments internationally, writes Connie Hedegaard, European commissioner for climate action.