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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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Climate finance: How do we shift the trillions?

On Friday May 22, Climate Finance Day will be held in Paris. The trigger for the debate is “How to shift the trillions?” It is a question that recognizes that building a sustainable, low carbon future requires a change in all economic activities. It is not enough to simply have one dedicated and specialized fund […]

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Can ships be part of the solution to climate change?

Excitement is building towards a new global agreement this year in Paris to control global pollution causing climate change, in an effort to keep global temperature increase and related climatic disruptions below a level that avoids the most dangerous impacts. Virtually all countries are expected to make commitments to reduce their emissions, and the major […]

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