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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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Historic aviation deal clamps down on emissions

Unregulated carbon pollution from aviation is one of the fastest-growing sources of the greenhouse gas emissions driving global climate change. In fact, if the entire aviation sector were a country, it would be one of the top 10 carbon-polluting nations on the planet. Countries negotiating the universal climate Paris Agreement last year, held off on […]

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1.5 Degrees of Paris Climate Agreement

The international treaty to address climate change, known as the Paris Agreement, will enter into force this year with the news that the EU has joined the US, China, India and dozens of other countries in ratifying.  This is sooner than anyone imagined when the deal was struck last December and gives the world hope […]

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A global energy transition is happening; let’s make it just, fair and equitable

By Santiago Lorenzo We are in the throes of a global energy transition, and a new WWF report called Signals of the Global Energy Transition highlights the unstoppable long-term trend. This energy transition, as with many other historical transitions, is based in the change in market forces due to technological innovations. We are witnessing a […]

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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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100% Renewable energy must be the key feature of future climate discussions – starting in Bonn

By Dr Stephan Singer Climate negotiators will have to give substance to important elements of the new global deal on climate change if they want to deliver on their promise to try to keep warming under 1.5° Celsius above pre-industrial temperatures. A meeting next week in Bonn, Germany is the first opportunity for governments to […]

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Leaders must step up action on new climate and development goals as they sign Paris Agreement in New York this week

By Sandeep Chamling Rai and Sven Harmeling Scaled up national actions are essential to limit global warming to 1.5°C and to overcome poverty through the coordinated and immediate implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement (PA). Information is emerging almost daily that increases our understanding of the growing impacts of climate change, […]

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