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Africa sets a high bar for climate action

Africa could lead the way in 2019 to a strong global response to the call at COP24, in Katowice, for updated and strengthened nationally determined contributions (NDCs) by 2020 to close the mitigation and adaptation gap. African countries met in Accra, Ghana in late March for the Africa Climate Week, with the theme “Climate Action […]

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Land of a thousand welcomes and zero carbon emissions

Two weeks ago, in Ireland, the ‘joint committee on climate action’ called for the country to reduce its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. The committee, which is comprised of politicians from across the political spectrum, have called for increased action across the board to tackle climate change. This represents a dramatic shift of ambitions […]

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Cyclone Idai: Solidarity today and tomorrow

The post-Idia flood situation near the port city of Beira in the Sofala province of Mozambique on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 – by ESA Copernicus Sentinel For hundreds of millions of people across the developing world, Cyclone Idai is a terrifying portent of the future. In a warming world, extreme weather events such as Idai […]

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At COP24, Paris proved its worth

It was a bruising two weeks at the UN climate talks (COP24) in Katowice, Poland. There were times when it seemed unlikely that we would get approval of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5°C report, a credible Paris Agreement rulebook, and a strong push for new, more ambitious national emissions targets, known as nationally […]

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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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Weird weather

Weird weather We have seen months of weird, extreme weather.  In the Northern Hemisphere feeling cold seems a distant memory as we swelter through a long hot summer as part of a global heatwave.  Yet it has only been a few months since much of Europe was blanketed in snow and ice as the “Beast […]

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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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Coal

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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