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Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

logging in estonia
Logging has tripled in Estonia in the past decade (Pic: Arthur Neslen)

Baltic state lobbied for flexibilities in EU rules to enable a dramatic increase in forestry, turning its thriving woodland into a net emitter of carbon by 2030

January 16, 2018 — A quarter of Estonia’s forestland is at imminent risk from a major logging increase, aided by “flexibilities” in EU rules that the Baltic state championed. Continue reading Logging surge threatens a quarter of Estonia’s forest, warn conservationists

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

representatives from fiji perform a traditional ceremony
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

Mapped: Where multilateral climate funds spend their money

intense sunshine in the deserts of rajasthan, india
The intense sunshine in the deserts of Rajasthan, India, is now being turned into solar power, thanks to a project by the Clean Technology Fund. Credit: Jitendra Parihar/Thomson Reuters Foundation/CIF Action (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Photo taken 14/04/2014.

In 2009, countries meeting in Copenhagen for the 15th UN climate conference set a new monetary goal

November 6, 2017 — They agreed that, by 2020, developed countries should be jointly “mobilising” $100bn a year to help developing countries tackle climate change. Continue reading Mapped: Where multilateral climate funds spend their money

Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in ethiopia
Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia. Photograph: J.van de Gevel/Bioversity International

Plant and animal species that are the foundation of our food supplies are as endangered as wildlife but get almost no attention, a new report reveals

September 26, 2017 — The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts. Continue reading Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

terrible destruction in the caribbean wrought by hurricane maria
Although Antigua and Barbuda was pummelled by Irma, as it recently exceeded the DAC country income threshold, it may be deemed ineligible for official development assistance.’ Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance

September 19, 2017 — In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

adani coal mine
‘Investment in new coal power across the globe has peaked and is on the verge of a steep decline.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

India and China are shifting away from coal imports and coal-fired power while a mega-mine is planned for Queensland. Where does this leave coal in Australia?

August 24, 2017 — The Paris-based International Energy Agency was born in a crisis. In the wake of the 1973 oil shock, as Arab petroleum producers withheld supply from countries that Continue reading Coal in decline: Adani in question and Australia out of step

In-depth: The challenge of using biofuels to cut transport emissions

used cooking oil for diesel vehicles
Backyard operation to process used cooking oil for use as fuel in diesel vehicles at Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, Wales, UK. Credit: Jeff Morgan 02 / Alamy Stock Photo.

Liquid biofuels still have a significant role to play in meeting the UK’s climate change targets, a new report says

July 19, 2017 — The Royal Academy of Engineering analysis, commissioned by the UK Department for Transport (DfT) and now-defunct Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), reviews Continue reading In-depth: The challenge of using biofuels to cut transport emissions

Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year

a satellite-based view of the arctic
A satellite-based view of the Arctic. Scientists say it will be ice-free in summer in about 20 years under current climate action. Photograph: VIIRS/Suomi NPP/NASA

New research calculates the impact of the average westerner’s carbon emissions to help people understand their own contribution to climate change

November 3, 2016 — The average westerner’s carbon emissions destroy 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice every year, according to new research.  Continue reading Your carbon footprint destroys 30 square metres of Arctic sea ice a year

Climate finance in 2016: 4 reports you need to read

the shams 1 solar power plant in abu dhabi
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

Policy Coherence in Practice, Delivering Sustainable Development

July 3, 2016 — At a time of climate disruption and accelerated ecosystem degradation, rising inequalities, economic insecurity, and citizen’s disaffection with governments around the world, reconciling environmental, economic and social concerns is essential Continue reading Policy Coherence in Practice, Delivering Sustainable Development