Oscar Reyes

Oscar Reyes

Oscar Reyes a research fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies and a writer and activist focusing on climate and energy finance. His recent work includes Power to the People?, which takes a critical look at the World Bank’s Clean Technology Fund, and the co-authored Carbon Trading: How It Works and Why It Fails. He provides research and advice on the economics and politics of climate change to various organisations, including Corporate Europe Observatory, Earthlife Africa and Friends of the Earth UK. He is also environment editor of Red Pepper, a magazine that he previously edited.

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In place of fossil fuel finance, investments should be redirected toward renewable energy, cleaner industry, and more sustainable agriculture, among other priorities. (Photo: Image via Stefan Bumbeck/7dvt.com) Views
Monday, November 12, 2018
Want to Save the Climate? Break Up the Big Banks
A stark new United Nations climate report warns that humans have about 12 years to slash global emissions by nearly half. Unfortunately, that’s going to be extremely challenging without deep changes to the global financial system. Despite regularly claiming new commitments to “green finance,” the...
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Saturday, March 11, 2017
How Progressive Cities Can Reshape the World — And Democracy
“We’re living in extraordinary times that demand brave and creative solutions. If we’re able to imagine a different city, we’ll have the power to transform it.” – Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona. On 24 May 2015, the citizen platform Barcelona en Comú was elected as the minority government of the city...
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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Trump Can’t Hold Back the Tide of Climate Action
One of the sad ironies of Donald Trump’s victory is that climate change has risen up the political agenda only after the campaign, when both candidates and debate moderators largely ignored it. Trump’s denialism in the face of an urgent, planetary threat provides some potent imagery for how the...
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Friday, July 15, 2016
The Little-Known Fund at the Heart of the Paris Climate Agreement
Green Climate Fund — now there are three words guaranteed to raise the hackles of Republican members of Congress. The fund is little known outside the world of climate skeptics and policy wonks. Yet the $10.3 billion fund, to which the United States has pledged $3 billion over four years, is...
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Five Takeaways from the Spanish Election
The vote was a stalemate, but the political landscape has changed. Spain voted on June 26 with polls suggesting that the populist progressive Podemos party would overtake the traditional Socialist Party, PSOE, as the main left-wing opposition to the center-right Popular Party, or PP. Some thought...
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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Seven Wrinkles in the Paris Climate Deal
The headlines from the Paris climate talks tell an inspiring story. Agence France-Pressereported an outbreak of “ euphoria ” as the international climate accord was sealed. Reutershailed a global “ turn from fossil fuels .” The Guardian headlined “a major leap for mankind.” The celebratory tone is...
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Thursday, July 09, 2015
Spain’s Democratic Spring
Imagine that the Occupy Movement stood for election in New York and won, or that anti-gentrification activists took over the city hall in San Francisco. That’s what just happened in Spain, where citizens’ groups with roots in the anti-austerity indignados movement performed so well in recent...
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Friday, December 19, 2014
At the Lima Climate Talks, It Was Groundhog Day All Over Again
At 3 a.m., two days after the scheduled end of the UN Climate Change Conference in Peru, everything looked uncannily familiar. Exhausted negotiators applauded the Lima C all for Climate Action , a deal that demands little action but paves the way for another year of talking. “It always seems...
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Monday, November 24, 2014
Rich Countries Pony Up (Some) for Climate Justice
It’s one of the oldest tricks in politics: Talk down expectations to the point that you can meet them. And it played out again in Berlin as 21 countries—including the United States—pledged nearly $9.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund, a UN body tasked with helping developing countries cope with...
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The latest IPCC report on climate change mitigation offers a compromised and politically biased map of the potential solutions to climate change. But it’s clear on one thing: survival requires a rapid decarbonization of energy and a massive rollback in fossil fuels. (Photo: Samira / Flickr) Views
Friday, April 18, 2014
A Roadmap for Survival
Greenhouse gas emissions are rising, and our addiction to fossil fuels is to blame. That, in a nutshell, is the conclusion of an authoritative new UN report published on April 13th. Emissions have not only continued to increase, but have done so more rapidly in the last 10 years. While the growing...
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