Climate Advisers’ S.E.C. Comment on Climate Transparency – Recommendations to Protect Investors

The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) proposed rules for expanded climate transparency is a strong step forward in ensuring greater transparency of climate-related financial risks. The alignment between the proposed ruling and widely accepted frameworks like the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol would provide […]

International Climate Diplomacy Update

U.S. Climate Expectations for G7 At COP26 last year, the United States re-established a leadership position on climate change by working with other countries to strengthen 2030 emissions targets so that they align more closely than before with the goal of keeping warming at or below 1.5 degrees. The Biden administration is looking to use the […]

Why Supply Chain Emission Disclosure Is Necessary for Investors

Climate Advisers latest policy brief looks at the new U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s proposed climate emissions disclosure rules and how some corporations may not be required to disclose up to 90-83 percent of their estimated total emissions. The potential gap in disclosure is particularly acute for companies that rely on the  global forest, food, […]

Long-Term Implications of an Energy Shock Scenario Analysis

What would be the consequences for climate action should the current energy crisis worsen, and prices rise even higher or remain elevated for an extended amount of time? Now that tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have led the United States to stop buying Russian energy supplies, the situation could […]

Congressional Appetite for Climate Action in 2022

The evolving foreign policy crisis in Ukraine and failure to pass the Build Back Better Act in 2021 has diverted attention away from domestic climate change priorities in 2022. What is still on the table? Recently, prospects have dimmed considerably for the Build Back Better Act, which would have implemented a significant portion of President Biden’s […]

Climate Implications of the Ukraine Crisis & Volatile Fuel Markets

With Russian troops entering and engaging in conflict within Ukraine the potential impacts this foreign policy crisis on climate change are becoming increasingly salient for those involved. The Biden administration is currently amidst a foreign policy crisis with large ramifications for energy and climate. The Ukraine-Russia conflict, which appears likely to escalate into a full-blown […]

US Climate Diplomacy Moves: Methane and Staff Updates

This post looks at recent developments that affect U.S. climate diplomacy, including progress on the Global Methane Pledge and staff changes in Special Envoy Kerry’s office. Methane and the MEF Since it was launched at COP26 in Glasgow, 111 countries have joined the Global Methane Pledge. Participants agreed to take voluntary actions to contribute to […]

Outlook on US Midterms & State Climate Action

Historically, voters have tended to blame the party in power for problems taking place in the country. As a result of this recurring trend, the President’s party has often lost ground in midterm elections, particularly in the President’s first term. For instance, this happened in 1994, when the Republican party secured unified control of Congress […]

Update on President Biden’s Climate Agenda

Biden White House

Despite setbacks, such as not being able to secure speedy Congressional enactment of the President’s climate legislation (called Build Back Better) and not convincing China to make ambitious revisions to its nationally determined contribution (NDC), the Biden administration believes it produced a number of major climate successes in 2021. These perceived accomplishments included re-establishing American […]

Tackling Deforestation and Protecting Investors: Material Financial Risks From Tropical Commodities

The US imported $618 billion in tropical commodities in 2020 ($76 billion in tropical agricultural commodities). Here’s why that matters as the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) deliberates on climate-related financial disclosures. In anticipation of the SEC releasing new proposals for regulating climate-related financial risks, Climate Advisers has published a report on the risks to […]