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The fierce urgency of COP26

by Adam Tooze Adam Tooze stresses that the critical COP26 conference later this year hinges on European unity and radical leadership. There are turning points in history. Moments that matter, those mark beginnings and ends. As Martin Luther King reminded us, ‘There is such a thing as being too late.’ It is that which can give politics its fierce urgency. ... Read More »

Climate change and financial risk

By Pierpaolo Grippa, Jochen Schmittmann, and Felix Suntheim WASHINGTON DC, Jan 16 2020 (IPS) – Climate change is already a reality. Ever-more-ferocious cyclones and extended droughts lead to the destruction of infrastructure and the disruption of livelihoods and contribute to mass migration. Read More »

2020: a year full of danger

By Farhana Haque Rahman Rome, Jan 6 2020 (IPS) – Let’s face what lies ahead with open eyes: 2020 is going to be a very tough year for the world, and developing countries in particular. The infant decade has already begun with the harbingers of climate disaster as thousands fled to beaches in Australia from raging bush fires, and the ... Read More »

Natural-born climate commitments

By Sally Jewell Washington, DC – As world leaders gathered at the 25th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) in Madrid from December 2-13, the discussed concrete steps for meeting and increasing national emissions-reduction targets. But equally important, COP25 offered an opportunity to elevate one of the most powerful tools we have to address climate change: nature. Read More »

A new hope for US climate action

By Jules Kortenhorst and Andrew Steer Boulder, Colorado – The United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP25) took place in Madrid was supposed to prepare the ground for more ambitious national climate commitments. Nowhere was this more important than in the country where national leadership on climate change is least likely: the United States. Read More »

Climate policy, ‘just transition’ and quality of government

by Marina Povitikina and Bo Rothstein on 17th December 2019 In our series on ‘just transition’, Marina Povitkina and Bo Rothstein argue neglected issues around quality of government need addressing to secure public legitimacy. The challenges which climate change is heralding are nothing if not formidable. Effective policies against this threat to human wellbeing on our planet will imply huge ... Read More »

2019 – A Devastating Year in Review

By Farhana Haque Rahman ROME, Dec 16 2019 (IPS) – By any measure, this has been a devastating year: fires across the Amazon, the Arctic and beyond; floods and drought in Africa; rising temperatures, carbon emissions and sea levels; accelerating the loss of species, and mass forced migrations of people. Read More »

2019: A Year in Review

By IPS World Desk Dec 16 2019 (IPS) – 2019 will be remembered as the year the climate crisis shook us all. Hopefully, it will also be remembered for the fightback manifested in the spread of mass protests and civic movements against governments and industries failing to respond. Read More »

Major emitters accused of blocking progress at climate talks

By Matt McGrath BBC’s Environment correspondent Delegates from developing countries have reacted angrily to what they see as attempts to block progress at the COP25 meeting in Madrid. One negotiator told the BBC that the talks had failed to find agreement on a range of issues because of the blocking actions of some large emitters. Read More »