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Leaders must step up action on new climate and development goals as they sign Paris Agreement in New York this week

By Sandeep Chamling Rai and Sven Harmeling Scaled up national actions are essential to limit global warming to 1.5°C and to overcome poverty through the coordinated and immediate implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement (PA). Information is emerging almost daily that increases our understanding of the growing impacts of climate change, […]

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From Paris to New York: how cities show the potential for ambitious climate action

By Jennifer Lenhart, Jeet Mistry and Carina Borgström-Hansson After years of disappointment and debate, in December 2015, countries did something remarkable: they came together to achieve the Paris Climate Agreement. This week nations will again gather in New York to sign the Agreement, pledging to take the next, urgent steps to address the climate crisis. […]

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Coal is a climate killer, whatever its efficiency

The argument that high-efficiency coal-fired power plants are a viable solution for reducing CO2 emissions, the main cause of climate change, is still defended with vigour by the coal industry – and by governments that have a stake in the coal industry, in particular Japan, Germany, South Korea, Australia and Poland. Japan even goes as […]

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Increased forest ambition key to meeting temperature targets

By Josefina Braña-Varela Next week’s signing of the Paris Agreement is an important moment for reflection. The agreement itself is a remarkable demonstration of global collaboration and compromise, and the aspirations it contains provide a good foundation for the transformative work that lies ahead. What has been accomplished to date is a critical step, providing […]

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Japanese Top 500 companies rated by sector for their efforts and impact in reducing emissions – and the results are surprising!

WWF-Japan has been doing revealing research evaluating the climate efforts of Japan’s top 500 companies – by sector – based solely on the information available from published company reports as well as websites and measuring the effectiveness of their climate actions. So far, reports for two sectors have already been published, for the electrical and […]

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Renewable energy: solution to energy poverty, climate change and ecosystem impacts

By Gaurav Dahal and Gabriella Roscher Clean, affordable and reliable energy access is one of the most important requisites for decent livelihoods, next to water and food. Unfortunately, our current energy system excludes a major portion of world’s population from this fundamental right. Ecosystem health is closely linked to social systems, as people directly and […]

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