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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

Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

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Internally displaced women carry jerry-cans of water on their backs from a well in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu September 6, 2011. Famine has spread to six out of eight regions in southern Somalia, with 750,000 people facing imminent starvation, the United Nations said on Monday, and hundreds of people are dying each day despite a ramping up of aid relief. REUTERS/Ismail Taxta (SOMALIA – Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT)

The planet just saw the hottest five years on record

MARRAKECH, Morocco (Nov. 8, 2016) ― The five years from 2011 through 2015 were the warmest on record, a trend that’s increasing the prevalence of extreme weather, including flooding and drought, a new report from the World Meteorological Organization has found.  Continue reading Climate Change Is Already Driving Extreme Weather, UN Agency Says

This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

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Jemaa el-Fnaa square in Marrakech, Morocco, where global leaders are meeting for the 22nd UN climate summit (Cop22). Photograph: Mosa’ab Elshamy/AP

The world will never again build cities as rapidly as it does this century. If we are serious about limiting global warming, tackling air pollution and promoting innovative, resource-efficient growth, there is a narrow window of opportunity

November 8, 2016 — Almost as staggering as the current enormous influx into cities across the globe is the dramatic slowdown in urbanisation that will follow it. The world is literally going to town on urbanisation – but it is a project that is both immense and historically fleeting.  Continue reading This is humankind’s ‘great urbanisation’. We must do it right, or the planet will pay

What to expect during COP22; our expectations for the results

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Delegates in Marrakech have to stay true to the spirit and words of Paris and ensure the rules reflect that spirit as well

November 6, 2016 — With the Paris Agreement coming into force the week before this big UN climate meeting, the timing couldn’t be better for swiftly moving forward.  Continue reading What to expect during COP22; our expectations for the results

Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

fossil fuel companies such as exxon mobil and rio tinto will be represented by groups such as the world coal association
Fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil and Rio Tinto will be represented by groups such as the World Coal Association through their ‘observer status’. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Is it a conflict of interest to have representatives of coal and oil companies at the climate change discussions?

November 6, 2016 — As the world gathers in Morocco for the historic first meeting under the Paris agreement – called “COP22” but now also “CMA1” – it does so with the unprecedented Continue reading Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal

55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks
They’re quiet now, but the 55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The US presidential race is guaranteed to prove a distraction at the Morocco COP22 gathering, where action is on the agenda

November 5, 2016 — The Australian government takes a delegation to the United Nations climate change talks in Morocco starting Monday – two weeks that are sure to be dominated by, well, who knows?  Continue reading What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal