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UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

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‘The train has left the station, the train is speeding up, but we need to speed up more,’ says United Nations Environment Programme head Erik Solheim

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 27, 2017) — United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) head Erik Solheim on Wednesday, October 25, said nations “need to speed up” when it comes to climate change. Continue reading UNEP: ‘We need to speed up’ on climate change

Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

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Nearly 100 countries ratify or accept the landmark agreement that seeks to curb global warming, but the Philippines is not among them

TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines (Nov. 8, 2016) — As the Philippines marked the 4th anniversary of Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the Paris climate change agreement came into force.  Continue reading Advocates urge PH Senate to ratify Paris climate deal after Duterte nod

Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

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READY FOR THE NEGOTIATORS. A general view taken on October 31, 2016 shows part of the site of the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh a week before the start of the talks. AFP/Stringer

As 15,000 negotiators, CEOs and activists from 196 nations gathered in Marrakesh settle in for the 12-day UN talks, all eyes are on the United States, where voting Tuesday November 8, could thrust climate denier Donald Trump into the White House

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Nov. 7, 2016) — Under an ominous shadow cast by the US presidential election, the world’s nations gather in Morocco Monday, November 7, to flesh out a landmark climate deal that promises to save humanity from itself.  Continue reading Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

After years of delay, climate talks face a new problem: speed

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Flags from different countries are displayed at the World Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

The immediate challenge for negotiators is that, by law, countries that have ratified the deal must start agreeing the rules to implement it at the next UN climate conference

LONDON (Nov. 6, 2016) — Efforts to build a new global deal to tackle climate change were for many years criticized for moving at a glacial pace. But this week climate negotiators meeting in Morocco find themselves facing an entirely new problem: a deal that, astonishingly, has come into effect more than three years ahead of schedule.  Continue reading After years of delay, climate talks face a new problem: speed

World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges

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Glacial retreat in Western Antarctica. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Current climate commitments are insufficient to reduce emissions by the amounts needed to avoid dangerous levels of global warming, says UNEP report

November 3, 2016 — The commitments made by governments on climate change will lead to dangerous levels of global warming because they are incommensurate with the growth of greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new report.  Continue reading World on track for 3C of warming under current global climate pledges

Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust global climate pact in 2030

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Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal power plant of RWE, one of Europe’s biggest electricity and gas companies in Niederaussem, Germany, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

In 2030 will exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target

November 3, 2016 — Greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target, the United Nations said on Thursday.  Continue reading Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust global climate pact in 2030

Paris Deal Won’t Be ‘Enough’ To Stave Off Worst Effects Of Climate Change

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The world must dramatically curb greenhouse gas emissions beyond cuts agreed to in the Paris climate deal if we hope to avoid the worst effects of climate change, warns a new United Nations report. ERLEND KVALSVIK/GETTY IMAGES

We’re on track to see a global temperature rise of far more than 2 degrees Celsius

November 3, 2016 — The Paris Agreement was the most significant climate change accord in history. More than 190 countries vowed to slash greenhouse gas emissions in an effort to curb global warming.  Continue reading Paris Deal Won’t Be ‘Enough’ To Stave Off Worst Effects Of Climate Change

Only three years to save 1.5C climate target, says UNEP

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The door will close on the 1.5°C warming limit unless countries raise their ambition before 2020, says the UN Environment Program (UNEP)

November 3, 2016 — Greater pre-2020 action is the “last chance” for 1.5°C, says the latest annual UNEP Emissions Gap report. It is published one day before the Paris Agreement on climate change Continue reading Only three years to save 1.5C climate target, says UNEP

Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution

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Farmer Pak Dahlan walks through an oil palm plantation in Dosan, Sumatra. The village has made a concerted effort to tackle the forest fires which ravage the region every year. Photograph: Laura Villadiego

The small village of Dosan has not recorded a single fire since 2012, despite being surrounded by palm oil plantations

September 14, 2016 — Fires have returned once again to the forests and peatlands of Riau province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The annual environmental disaster devastates millions of hectares Continue reading Indonesia forest fires, has this Sumatran village got the solution

Social enterprises means to achieving SDGs

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2030 NOW. The Sustainable Development Goals are presented during League of Corportate Foundations forum on July 15. Photo by Danielle Nakpil / Rappler

‘Now is the time to move beyond good will and advocacy and show leadership, innovation, and share resources,’ says UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Ola Almgren

MANILA, Philippines (July 18, 2016) — Just like all correctional facilities in the Philippines, the Naga City Jail looked no different. The women inmates lived in cramped prison cells with barely no Continue reading Social enterprises means to achieving SDGs