To Move Paris Accord Forward, Bring Cities and Companies On Board

Workers install rooftop solar in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which has joined with cities across the globe to fight climate change. KEVIN FRAYER/GETTY

Much of the progress in reducing CO2 emissions is being driven by mayors, governors, premiers, and corporate executives. It’s time to acknowledge that reality and move beyond traditional diplomacy by allowing cities, states, and companies to officially sign on to the Paris Agreement

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A Letter from Singapore

Professor Esty with his Climate Change and the Future of Energy class at the Singapore Building Construction Authority’s ‘Skylab.'

By: Laura Brush, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy, Communications Team, March 2, 2018

Center Director Professor Dan Esty traveled to Singapore earlier this year to spend several weeks as a visiting lecturer at the Yale-NUS College. Esty spent the first half of the spring 2018 semester teaching, while also engaging with scholars and stakeholders at events across Singapore to explore issues related to international climate change law and policy.

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Center Hosts Workshop on Trade and Climate Change

Trade and Climate Change workshop attendees


Lucy Kessler, Yale Center for Environmental Law and Policy

Last year, global trade accounted for 60% of world Gross Domestic Product. However, in addition to contributing to GDP, the global trade regime is also responsible for a wide array of environmental impacts–including natural resource damages, pollution and climate change. 

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