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December 11, 2009

Intellectual Property Rights and Climate Change: Principles for Innovation and Access to Low-Carbon Technology

As the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) meeting convenes this month in Copenhagen, Denmark, intellectual property (IP) rights remain a highly contentious issue that threatens the long-term prospects of these negotiations. This note describes an approach that would facilitate the uptake of clean technologies, preserve incentives for privately financed innovation, and allow the Parties to address and move past the issue of IP rights in the UNFCCC negotiations.

December 7, 2009

It's One Climate Policy World Out There--Almost - Working Paper 195

With the Copenhagen climate talks finally underway, a CGD survey of 500 development and climate aficionados in 88 countries finds unexpected agreement about what should be done—and important differences between respondents from developed and developing countries about how an agreement should be financed and managed. Jan von der Goltz and CGD president Nancy Birdsall examine the survey results to shed light on some of the ingredients of a successful climate agreement.

Jan von der Goltz
November 17, 2009

FORMA: Forest Monitoring for Action--Rapid Identification of Pan-tropical Deforestation Using Moderate-Resolution Remotely Sensed Data - Working Paper 192

In this paper, we introduce FORMA (Forest Monitoring for Action), a prototype system for monitoring real-time deforestation from publicly available satellite data at a resolution of one square kilometer. Maps of the data showing probable areas of deforestation will be available on Google Earth and Google Maps, allowing open, public, on-the-ground verification of the results. The system is a model of a transparent, credible, and frequently updated source to aid and measure the success of forest conservation efforts.

Dan Hammer , Robin Kraft , Ernesto Zedillo and David Wheeler
September 24, 2009

Climate Change and the Future Impacts of Storm-Surge Disasters in Developing Countries - Working Paper 182

As temperatures rise this century, massive tropical storm surges and growing populations may collide in disasters of unprecedented size. CGD senior fellow David Wheeler and co-authors explore the implications for 84 developing countries, providing new data for 577 cyclone-vulnerable coastal cities with populations greater than 100,000. Bottom line: carefully targeted international assistance will be essential to protect population centers.


Susmita Dasgupta , Benoit Laplante , Siobhan Murray and David Wheeler
August 10, 2009

Climate Change Negotiating Positions of Major Developing Country Emitters - Working Paper 177

What do developing countries want from global climate negotiations? A new CGD working paper by Jan von der Goltz outlines the negotiating stances of the developing world’s major emitters ahead of December talks in Copenhagen. It shows that developing countries have floated compromises on key issues including burden sharing, monitoring, and implementation; an annex describes how developing countries are already acting to limit the growth of their emissions.



Jan von der Goltz