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#StrongerTogether4Climate at G20

 (C)LichtBlick/WWF  Climate action is expected to be a key point of discussion at the annual G20 Summit. The meeting is in Hamburg, Germany on 7-8 July, 2017. Critical time for global climate leadership This year’s G20 Summit comes at a critical time, when the world has the first global plan to address climate change in […]

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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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Sustainable energy access: from policy to the people

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. In several poor energy-importing countries, the high costs of fossil fuels now eat up more than 10% of […]

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How the IPCC report sealed the deal for energy security

Energy security is seriously important to human societies – not just for resource sufficiency reasons, but also for economic competitiveness, sovereignty of supply and integrity of energy provisioning. The most recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows that climate change presents increasing risks and vulnerabilities to energy production and delivery… and […]

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The ozone is recovering – can the climate be next?

In 1995, Mario Molina and Frank Sherwood Rowland received the Nobel Prize for the work he did in 1974 which showed that Chlorofluorocarbons (CFC) destroy ozone, a fragile shield of gas which protects the Earth from harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. CFC – the non-flammable, non-toxic and easy-to-use gaseous chemical – suddenly became a […]

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Why is Oettinger scared of fossil fuel subsidy figures?

Commissioner Günter Oettinger’s blocking of a transparent discussion on fossil fuel subsidies inevitably raises suspicions that his real intent is to preserve them, writes Sébastien Godinot. Sébastien Godinot is an economist for WWF Europe.  Those making the case for adequate post 2020 EU climate and energy legislation were looking forward to the European Commission launching, in the coming days […]

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