These negotiations take place against the backdrop of increasingly dire predictions about the results of climate change. 2014 was the hottest year on record.
"You're talking about potentially changing weather and climate. You don't want to do that without as good an understanding as you can possibly have."
After years of refuting thoroughly debunked arguments against it, the Century City Center has been approved.
In a recent column, I discussed my pick for the top 10 environmental stories of 2014; that got me to thinking about the coming year.
Developments in 2014 make clear that the impacts of climate change are going to continue to grow, and the struggle to address this will intensify.
"We cannot let the new green economy be a low-wage economy, because a sustainable environment needs a sustainable economy."
President Obama announced Tuesday that he's removing more than 52,000 square miles of waters off Alaska's coast from consideration for oil and gas exploration or drilling.
The climate change negotiations went into overtime, with extended session that lasted two days beyond the scheduled adjournment.
"We must act now to address global climate change and promote the creation and maintenance of good jobs in the clean energy economy."
The latest in a long series of UN-sponsored talks is convening in Lima, Peru. The goal is to lay the basis for a climate treaty deal in Paris in Nov. 2015.