Penn at COP27: Writing and Commentary From Our Delegation

Scholars from the University of Pennsylvania are on the ground at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. Follow their updates from the climate conference and tune into a special podcast series from Energy Policy Now.

Energy Policy Now Podcast

COP27 Dispatch: Why Loss and Damage Finance Is Critical to Small Island States

Guest: Stacy-ann Robinson

Loss and damage finance has made it onto the official COP agenda for the first time at Sharm El-Sheikh. An expert on small island states discusses why the issue has been so contentious.

COP27 Dispatch: What Defines a Successful National Adaptation Plan?

Guest: Allison Lassiter

New research explores ways to measure countries’ success in adapting to climate change.

COP27 Dispatch: As Climate Impacts Grow, Cities Explore Paths to Adaptation

Guests: Eugenie Birch, Bill Burke-White, Mauricio Rodas

Three experts on cities discuss the efforts of urban communities to navigate climate change. 

COP27 Dispatch: China’s Rapidly Evolving Role in Global Climate Negotiations

Guest: Scott Moore

Scott Moore, Director of the Penn Global China Program, discusses China’s perspective on loss and damage finance, and the country’s future role in the Paris climate process. 

COP27 Dispatch: Food Waste Gains Attention in Climate Discussions

Guest: Steven Finn

Food waste is a major driver of climate change and a cause of food insecurity. Penn’s Steven Finn highlights the challenge and solutions discussed at COP27.

COP27 Dispatch: Can the COP Process Deliver Climate Action?

Guest: Koko Warner

COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt has been called the “implementation COP”. Yet concern exists that the COP process may be ill-suited to putting climate plans into action.


Students aligned facing camera outside
Students at COP27

At COP27, Private Finance Remains Elusive for the World’s Most Vulnerable Cities

Authors: Sage Lincoln & Hannah Sachs

Cities in developing countries are at the most risk for climate-related disasters and need increased financing to address these challenges. Can the private sector play a role?

No Provision, No Problem: How Climate Efforts Function Without Explicit Enforcement

Authors: Mostafa El-Harazi & Noor Irshaidat

Although the current international climate regime lacks any explicit “enforcement mechanism provisions,” the system is not doomed. Local stakeholders and members of civil society have great incentives to tackle climate change despite the absence of explicit provisions.

UN Carbon Trading System Talks Yield No Results at COP27

Authors: Alexan Stulc & Johan B. Stagstrup

States fail to make progress on the UN carbon trading system at COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, likely leaving the system inoperative until 2024.

A Missing Piece to the Implementation of the Paris Agreement

Author: Paul-Angelo dell’Isola

COP27 was meant to be the “Implementation COP.” But is implementation possible without a model of multilevel governance?

Could the World’s Highest Court Bolster Calls for Loss and Damage Funding?

Authors: Alara Hanci & CeCe Coffey

Small island states are vulnerable to the most severe impacts of climate change. Litigating loss and damage at the International Court of Justice could help countries build international consensus.

COP27 and Climate Finance: Renovated Debates, Same Old Dilemmas

Author: Santiago Cunial

The world needs new norms of financing that account for the historical responsibilities of developed countries in causing climate change and, at the same time, deal with their fiscal problems.

How Will We Measure Climate Adaptation?

Author: Allison Lassiter

The devil is in the details when it comes to measuring our progress on adaptation.

Philadelphia Inquirer

Kleinman Center Executive Director Cornelia Colijn and PennIUR Managing Director Amy Montgomery

From the U.N. Climate Conference, Advice for Philly as It Adapts to Global Warming

Authors: Eugénie Birch, Andrew Hoffman, Scott Moore, Steven Finn, William Burke-White, Lauren Anderson, Johan Stagstrup, Sam Wong, Alexan Stulc, Amy Montgomery & Cornelia Colijn

A delegation from the University of Pennsylvania attended the conference in Egypt and shares their takeaways for our city.

Here’s What Pennsylvania Can Learn from a World Climate Meeting

Author: Cornelia Colijn

Hundreds of thousands of hours of climate negotiations come down to three questions: What are we going to do, how are we going to do it, and who is going to pay for it?

How Philly Can Stay Ahead of the Curve in Addressing Climate Change

Authors: Eugénie Birch & Mauricio Rodas

In many ways, the city is a leader in the way municipalities respond to extreme heat events. But there is more that can be done.

Other Press

A Green Investment Treaty Can Help Close the Climate Funding Gap

Author: William Burke-White

William Burke-White of Penn Carey Law proposes a new type of international treaty that would support climate-friendly private foreign investment.

At COP27, Penn Showcased Its Diverse Climate Expertise on the World Stage

Penn Today

An interdisciplinary group of representatives from Penn traveled to Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, for this year’s United Nations climate change conference, where the University played its largest role yet. “Penn has real expertise on climate solutions, so it’s really important for us to participate in these international venues where finding solutions is the number one priority,” says Cornelia Colijn of the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy.