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Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

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SUMMIT. The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) concludes on Saturday morning in Bonn, Germany. Photo courtesy of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Climate groups agree that the loss and damage finance agenda has been sidelined in the COP 23 negotiations

BONN, Germany (Nov. 21, 2017) — The 23rd UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) wrapped up on Saturday, November 19, at Bonn, Germany. But for the climate groups, the work is far from over. Continue reading Climate groups lament lack of loss and damage finance pledges in COP 23

Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

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CLIMATE ACTION. It is about time to take climate change seriously and take responsibility

The annual observance will run from November 20 to 24

MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 20, 2017) — The Philippines will observe the Climate Change Consciousness Week from November 20, Monday, until November 24, Friday. Continue reading Climate Change Consciousness Week events: ‘Science, policy, and climate action’

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

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Soyfields in Argentina, sustainable agriculture projects in South America have been struck down by the UK (Photo: Alfonso/Wikipedia)

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’ — the rich are ‘renegotiating’ the Paris climate deal by trying to limit access for middle income countries to climate finance, it has been claimed

November 20, 2017 — Rich countries are blocking climate finance projects in middle income countries without justification, a powerful developing world group has claimed. Continue reading Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

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Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting, 06/11/17. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth.

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks

November 19, 2017 — COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards. Continue reading COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution

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“We can’t get [climate finance],” says Célestine Ketcha Courtès, mayor of Bangangté in Cameroon (Photo: UN Climate Change)
US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash

November 13, 2017 — The presence of US cities and states at UN climate talks in Bonn has been big, brash and supercharged with billionaire cash. Continue reading For Africans, America’s pledge is about more than pollution

Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

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Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

Hurricane Irma cost Antigua and Barbuda $250m but insurance paid out just $6m, says diplomat, calling for more support at UN climate talks in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — After one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, some Caribbean nations are facing heavy losses. Continue reading Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

Time to Protect Our Common Home

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Timor Leste on Independence Day 2016. JAMES D. MORGAN VIA GETTY IMAGES

Creating the legal framework and promotion of renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies, possible substitution of fossil fuels, building climate-resilient infrastructures, sustainable ecosystem management and enhancing institutional capacity

November 8, 2016 — Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) reached a historical landmark agreement in Paris on 12 December 2015, charting a fundamentally new course for global climate efforts.  Continue reading Time to Protect Our Common Home

The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Act on Climate Change

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Koutoubia mosque, Marrakech, Morocco

The goal is to build a zero-carbon, climate-resilient, sustainable future. Knowing this, our focus now must be to follow the pathway set out in Paris

November 8, 2016 — The world celebrated in December when a new global agreement on climate change was reached in Paris. Less than a year later, that agreement has entered into force. This is a remarkable achievement by any account. Now the need is for rapid and effective climate action.  Continue reading The Deal Is Done. It’s Time To Act on Climate Change

Paris climate change agreement enters into force

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The Eiffel tower lit up during the Paris climate talks, referencing the 1.5C target that governments have agreed to pursue efforts to hold temperatures to. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Environment groups hail ‘momentous occasion’ but warn governments need to cut carbon emissions more steeply to avoid dangerous global warming

November 4, 2016 — The Paris agreement on climate change enters into force on Friday, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises.  Continue reading Paris climate change agreement enters into force

Climate finance in 2016: 4 reports you need to read

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The Shams 1 solar power plant in Abu Dhabi – one of the largest parabolic trough power stations in the world (Pic: Masdar/Flickr)

Funds for clean energy and climate resilience are flowing, but fuzzy reporting on what counts as green finance makes tracking support tricky

November 3, 2016 — On Monday I wrote about 12 reports you should read before the UN climate talks kick-off in Marrakech, Morocco next week.  Continue reading Climate finance in 2016: 4 reports you need to read