Posts by Michael Turner

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Transforming Colombia

The Colombian government made a momentous decision over a decade ago to implement one of the world’s first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in its largest city, Bogotá. In addition to its environmental improvements (it was the first transit project approved under the Clean Development Mechanism), TransMilenio is credited with decreasing the average travel time... continue reading »

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Roadmap to Achieving Indonesia’s Targets

In the dizzying aftermath of the 17th Annual Conference of the Parties (COP-17) in Durban, South Africa, as climate policy analysts scramble to interpret the implications of the “Durban Platform,” it is worth stepping back a moment to look at a piece of legislation that was passed by Presidential Regulation in the archipelagic country of... continue reading »

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Fast-start Finance: One more year to go

COP-17 marks the two-year point of the Fast-Start Finance period which was conceived out of the Copenhagen climate talks. Developed countries made the collective commitment to “provide new and additional resources, including forestry and investments through international institutions, approaching USD 30 billion for the period 2010–2012.” There is also recognition for a balanced approach between adaptation and mitigation initiatives. continue reading »

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Fossil Fuel Subsidies and The Cost of Inaction

At the G20 Summit in Cannes, France in November of this year, participating nations re-affirmed their support “to rationalise and phase-out over the medium term inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, while providing targeted support for the poorest.” This commitment is rooted in a pledge made by the “Group of Twenty” in Pittsburgh... continue reading »

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