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Timmons Roberts


Providence, RI, United States

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Past articles by J. Timmons:

It’s déjà vu all over again: Climate finance at COP24

The next few days of COP24 will be crucial in addressing the question of what counts as climate finance. → Read More

The climate solution no-one in Davos will be talking about

Economists say a global carbon tax would efficiently shift the world to safer energy production. So why is it barely mentioned? → Read More

We are [not] still in: can the world ever trust US again on climate?

The US has always been an unreliable actor on climate change. This month's sideshow to UN talks in Bonn only emphasised its internal conflicts → Read More

US governor elections inspire hope during UN climate talks

Rejection of Trumpism in key gubernatorial battles is a sign the US' climate pariahdom may be shortlived → Read More

Is the Paris climate deal legally binding or not?

"Like hell it's non-binding," Donald Trump has said of the 2015 UN deal to cut carbon pollution. Is he right? → Read More

Is the Paris climate deal legally binding or not?

"Like hell it's non-binding," Donald Trump has said of the 2015 UN deal to cut carbon pollution. Is he right? → Read More

American soft power, the Paris Agreement, and climate finance under Trump

Timmons Roberts and Caroline Jones discuss the real costs—geopolitical, humanitarian, and domestic economic—if the Trump administration retreats from the Paris climate treaty. → Read More

Could America’s smallest state lead the way toward the next energy age?

Timmons Roberts explains that Rhode Island could be a leader of a new energy age for the U.S., or a middling actor locked into fossil fuel infrastructure for decades with the prospect of two major projects. → Read More

The cost of inaction: who will fund loss and damage?

The UN climate regime still lacks an official definition of loss and damage and funding streams remain limited - which means it's time to get innovative → Read More

US Senate Democrat campaign against climate denial is 'crucial'

The Democratic Party is calling out groups that spread misinformation. It's an important campaign, but expect a backlash → Read More

What's lurking in the new UN climate chief's in-tray?

Patricia Espinosa will need to draw on all her diplomatic experience when she takes charge of global warming talks in July, say US analysts → Read More

Climate-related impacts are biting

The latest report from UNEP says that global costs of adaptation could range from US $140-300 billion by 2030. It's time to get innovative on sources of finance → Read More

On Earth Day, bring together the dreamers and the plodders on climate change

This Earth Day, Timmons Roberts argues that we need a bold climate and energy policy in the U.S., one that combines both the vision and urgency of dreamers with the practical approach of plodders. → Read More

Helping tomorrow’s climate refugees by engaging today: A dispatch from Bangladesh

Timmons Roberts visits a country facing severe impacts from climate change, and learns about existing mitigation work and what the international community can do to help. → Read More

President Obama’s final State of the Union address and climate change

In his final State of the Union address, President Obama declined to take a victory lap on the Paris agreement and signaled that no new initiatives are likely this year on climate, rather that we should look for efforts to secure what he’s already achieved. → Read More

The Paris climate talks according to U.S. print media: Plenty of heat, but not so much light

Quality press coverage of the UN climate negotiations is crucial for the public to understand what was at stake in Paris and what was accomplished. Over the course of two weeks, Sonya Gurwitt and Timmons Roberts tracked electronic media coverage of the climate talks and offer an analysis of who covered the talks most, what they wrote about, and the stories not told. → Read More

In Paris, the United Nations delivered. Now it’s up to the rest of us to transform society away from fossil fuels

For two weeks in Paris, and for six years before that, there was deep uncertainty about whether an adequate agreement to deal with the existential threat of climate change could be reached. Although the United Nations delivered, Timmons Roberts says it’s now up to the nations, companies, civil society, and all our institutions to move this effort forward. → Read More

An historic climate agreement hangs in the balance: A dispatch from the Paris climate conference

In a second dispatch from the Paris climate talks, Timmons Roberts argues much work remains to be done to secure an historic agreement. → Read More

A conversation on the COP21 climate conference in Paris

Brookings scholars Amar Bhattacharya, Adele Morris, and Timmons Roberts discuss the complex issues, actors, and opportunities around the global fight against climate change. → Read More

Despite its heavyweight status, Brazil’s climate plan punches below its weight

While Brazil leads the charge as the first developing country to put forward an economy-wide target for substantially reducing emissions, Guy Edwards and Timmons Roberts explain that the new target means only tepid steps forward. → Read More