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Time for a new deal for nature and people

The statistics are sobering: in just two generations, the population sizes of vertebrates tracked in WWF’s benchmark Living Planet report have declined an average of 60 per cent. In a little over 40 years, humankind has had a devastating impact on the planet’s biodiversity, through habitat destruction, pollution and over-exploitation. No less than climate change, […]

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Inches & Eons: climate change at 1.5°C

An inch is a very short distance and an eon is a very long time.  Some might say that in terms of climate action the global community has moved mere inches in the eons we’ve known that human actions are warming our world.  So it is perhaps appropriate that next week the Intergovernmental Panel on […]

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World moves ahead on Paris Agreement

The world is at a crossroads in its fight against dangerous climate change. In the face of  US President Trump’s announced intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, countries and other actors could have decided to reduce and delay climate efforts. Or conversely, they can continue efforts to fully implement the Paris Agreement and accelerate […]

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G20 must act on finance for climate

When the global climate deal was agreed in Paris in December 2015, much credit was given to “political will” that helped rally 197 countries to agree a global plan to act on climate change. Now, another opportunity for “political will” to prevail and deliver concrete actions for the global good will come in the G-20 […]

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Paris Agreement: 1 year after COP21

The Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted a year ago today, in Paris, at COP21. It is essentially a plan to save our planet from the worst impacts of climate change and build a sustainable future for humanity. It was a historic agreement, made all the more remarkable by the momentum for climate action […]

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Paris Agreement: taking it forward

Less than a year ago, 197 countries came together for the first time to deliver a universal climate Paris Agreement. And with it, a promise to work together to limit global temperature rise to avoid the worst impacts of climate change. Today, that agreement becomes the law of the planet — entered into force almost […]

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Deal to limit emissions from HFC gas is reached

Vincent Biruta, MOP 28 President, gavels the adoption of the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol Last week,  after eight years of negotiations, parties to the Montreal Protocol adopted an agreement to amend the Protocol to phase-down climate-damaging hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by freezing and then reducing their production and use (mostly in refrigerants and air conditioning). The […]

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Climate finance roadmap has gaps

Climate finance of US$100 billion annually by 2020 was committed by developed countries in 2012 to help developing countries take action on climate change. Yesterday, they presented a roadmap showing how they planned to meet this objective. The document projects public finance rising from recent levels of around US$41 billion to $67 billion annually in […]

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Managing climate risks: a glass half-full?

Almost half of the world’s largest investors are not managing climate risks, finds a new rating by the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP).  This, after five massive assessments since 1990 of state-of-the-art climate science, and twenty-one international conferences to forge a global climate agreement. One might think that climate change is high on every decision-makers […]

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