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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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Increased scale, scope and actions – hallmarks of climate ambition needed now

(c) Takvr/Flickr – People’s Climate March, Melbourne, Australia, September 2014 In many ways, the Paris Agreement is a masterpiece of international policymaking. Fueled by bottom-up pledges and peer pressure, rather than centralisation and compulsion, it forged international consensus, around a clear vision, on one of the most complex challenges of our time. . It has […]

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Voices on the streets: youth march for climate

Young people take to the streets in Perth to demand climate action (Photo credit: WWF/Paul Gamblin) The world’s youth has run out of patience. Across the planet, young people are organising online, walking out of school, taking to the streets, even going to the courts to try and force their elders to take seriously the […]

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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: 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 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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