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US joins only Syria and Nicaragua on climate accord ‘no’ list

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Drought-hit land in Nicaragua, which contributes 0.03% to global emissions but is one of the countries most affected by climate change. Photograph: Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images

Only other UN members not party to Paris agreement never signed up, but for reasons of war and principle, not disbelief

June 1, 2017 — Donald Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris agreement on climate change means the US joins only two other countries not signed up to the historic accord. Continue reading US joins only Syria and Nicaragua on climate accord ‘no’ list

India’s planned coal plants could single-handedly jeopardise 1.5C target

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Women rummages through overburden to look for left over coal to sell at Jugsalai, India. Credit: Akshay Mahajan.

Current plans to build 370 coal-fired power stations in India will gravely undermine the country’s Paris climate pledge, or create “stranded assets” worth billions of dollars

April 26, 2017 — That’s the conclusion of a new paper, published in the American Geophysical Union journal Earth’s Future. These planned plants would increase Indian coal generating capacity by 123%. But there are signs that some may never get built, the paper notes. Continue reading India’s planned coal plants could single-handedly jeopardise 1.5C target

Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

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ROAD TO RATIFICATION. President Rodrigo Duterte presides over the Joint Climate Change Commission Board Meeting at the State Dining Room of Malacañang on January 31, 2017. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

The President agrees to sign the Paris climate pact after being assured that the country’s Intended Nationally-Determined Contribution can still be revised

MANILA, Philippines (Mar 1, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte agreed to sign the Paris climate deal after being assured that the ambitious contribution submitted by the Philippines to the United Nations under the deal can still be revised. Continue reading Duterte eyes changes to PH contribution to Paris climate deal

Forests to provide a quarter of Paris Agreement’s pledged mitigation

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Deforestation in the amazon rainforest. Credit: Brasil2/E+/Getty Images.

This is a guest post by Dr Jo House, reader in environmental science and policy at the University of Bristol’s Cabot Institute, and Dr Giacomo Grassi, scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission.

February 27, 2017 — The Paris Agreement on climate change set new targets for the world. Notably, it called for warming to be limited to “well below” 2°C and for carbon neutrality (“net zero”) by the second half of this century. Continue reading Forests to provide a quarter of Paris Agreement’s pledged mitigation

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

Paris climate deal needs fossil fuel giants to ‘implode’

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The view of the 12 Pipestill at sundown at BP’s Whiting Refinery outside of Chicago, USA (Pic: BP/Flickr)

Research shows that a “controlled implosion” of the fossil fuel industry and a technological explosion of renewable energy are needed to meet climate targets

July 6, 2016 — National promises made late last year to contain carbon dioxide emissions will not be nearly enough to meet the global warming target agreed last December by 195 nations, according to a new assessment.  Continue reading Paris climate deal needs fossil fuel giants to ‘implode’

PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target

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CLIMATE TALKS. The Philippines calls for more radical action from other countries to make sure the world does not warm higher than 1.5 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels. Photo by Renee Karunungan

The Philippines current commitments include 70% carbon mitigation by 2030. All of these commitments, however, are conditional.

BONN, Germany (May 22, 2016) — The Philippines announced on Wednesday, May 18, during the third day of climate negotiations that it will review and revise its Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) to align better with the 1.5-degree target. Continue reading PH to revise UN climate pledges to align with 1.5-degree target

Climate reality, Kickstarting action in the Philippines

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Devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which struck the Philippines in November 2013. Photo courtesy ADB
Addressing climate change in Asia and the Pacific ‘will require a closer examination of technologies and partnerships to engender low-carbon, climate-resilient development’

March 21, 2016 — The Philippines had an important messenger of climate action earlier this week. It was none other than former US Vice President Al Gore, visiting the country to help build a corps of Continue reading Climate reality, Kickstarting action in the Philippines

How PH firms can surf the climate change wave

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The global shift to more sustainable practices creates a huge demand for data services and technology opportunities

MANILA, Philippines (Mar. 7, 2016) — Climate change is considered one of the most pressing issues confronting nations across the globe today. The urgency was underscored late last year when 195 governments came together at the COP21 summit in Paris, where they reached a landmark agreement.

Continue reading How PH firms can surf the climate change wave

Climate victims and investors need Paris deal ratification

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UN headquarters, New York (UN Photo/Evan Schneider)
Strong support for the COP21 deal in April is vital to ensure momentum and confidence in a low carbon transition is maintained, argues Christian Aid’s top climate advisor

March 3, 2016 — After more than twenty years of global climate change negotiations, last December the world agreed to a historic pact in Paris.

Continue reading Climate victims and investors need Paris deal ratification