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Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

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STEP UP EFFORTS. In this file photo, negotiators await the final announcement during the COP21 in Paris, France in 2015. Photo by Arnaud Bouissou/MEDDE

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 3, 2017) — The climate battle is an uphill trek. With our current commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, we are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the Paris climate agreement: keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing 1.5 degrees Celsius. Continue reading Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

We are [not] still in: can the world ever trust US again on climate

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Inside the ‘ice cave’ of the US Climate Action Center, on the sidelines of UN negotiations in Bonn, companies and subnational leaders pledged to act despite their president’s stance (Pic: twitter/We Are Still In)

The US has always been an unreliable actor on climate change. This month’s sideshow to UN talks in Bonn only emphasised its internal conflicts

November 23, 2017 — Entering the white domes of the US Climate Action Center at UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany this month was a surreal experience. Continue reading We are [not] still in: can the world ever trust US again on climate

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

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

hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the caribbean
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

COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

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PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

BONN, Germany (Nov. 7, 2017) — Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji’s prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for “urgent action” on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. Continue reading COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

syria’s surprise decision to sign the paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war
Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave

November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave. Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘co2’ in front of the neurath coal power plant ahead of the bonn climate summit
Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization

November 6, 2017 — 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Continue reading 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record