Editorial and Opinion Writers Respond Positively to COP21 Outcome

From November 22 to December 17, Climate Nexus tracked domestic op-eds and editorials reacting to COP21 in Paris. Editorial boards were largely supportive of the outcome and process of the summit, with over four times more positive than negative editorials. Similarly, for op-eds, the positive outweighed the negative by a factor of three (methodology below).

Companies Dropping ALEC

The exodus from the corporate lobby group known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (or ALEC) continues, with Rupert Murdoch-owned publisher News Corp. joining oil manufacturer Occidental Petroleum and International Paper as the latest companies to make their split public. Linda Peterson of Occidental said the company was concerned it could be “presumed to share” ALEC’s position on climate change.

Climate double whammy slams Mississippi River

The strongest El Niño on record and a climate-changed-warmed atmosphere have combined forces to produce a massive storm that caused record-breaking floods in the Midwest during the first week of 2016.

Country Climate Pledges

These are the intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) that have been officially submitted to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.