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Developed countries trying to reinterpret Paris Deal: G77

Bonn, 12 May (T Ajit)- The G77 and China said that developed countries are intending to reinterpret the Paris Agreement (PA) by their stance in the negotiations at the Bonn climate talks. At the contact group meeting of the UNFCCC’s Ad Hoc Working Group on the PA (APA) convened on 11 May to take stock of negotiations on the various ... Read More »

Climate change solutions can’t wait for U.S. leadership

By Desmond Brown Bridgetown, Barbados, Apr 4 (IPS) – From tourism-dependent nations like Barbados to those rich with natural resources like Guyana, climate change poses one of the biggest challenges for the countries of the Caribbean. Nearly all of these countries are vulnerable to natural events like hurricanes. Not surprisingly, the climate change threat facing the countries of the Caribbean ... Read More »

Marrakech proclamation for action on climate and sustainable dev

Marrakech (Hilary Chiew) – Parties at the climate talks on 17 Nov supported the call issued by the President of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC entitled the ‘Marrakech Action Proclamation for our Climate and Sustainable Development’. The President of the 22nd meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP22), who is also the Foreign Minister of Morocco, Salaheddine ... Read More »

COP22 Call to fulfil $100 billion a year promise for climate actions

Marrakech (Hilary Chiew and Zhenyan Zhu) – Developed country Parties’ fulfilment of the provision of USD 100 billion annually by 2020 was stressed by all the guests of honour at the opening of the traditional high-level segment of the two-week United Nations climate talks. Officiating the 3-day segment on 15 Nov at the on-going 22nd session of the Conference of ... Read More »

US envoy says climate deal is bigger than any one head of state

By Matt McGrath, BBC Environment correspondent, Marrakech The Paris climate agreement will survive a Trump presidency says the US special envoy on climate change Dr Jonathan Pershing. He was speaking before the arrival of ministers and some heads of state in Marrakech on Tuesday. They are coming to try to take the next steps to tackle global climate change. Read More »

Unease over ‘Marrakech Call for Action’ doc on anvil

Marrakech (Hilary Chiew) – Unease has emerged among some developing countries over the content of a confidential document being prepared behind closed doors by the Moroccan Presidency of the UN climate talks billed the ‘Marrakech Call for Action’. News about the call was formally announced at the end of a midday stocktaking plenary of the climate talks held on 12 ... Read More »

Paris deal’s 1.5oC temprarture target needs immediate govt action

Daphne Davies, LDC News Service Marrakech – As government ministers meet in Marrakech to assess global ambition towards addressing climate change in the near-term, a coalition of social movements, including LDC watch, an umbrella group of NGOs from civil society, released a new report, Setting the Path towards 1.5°C: A Civil Society Equity Review of pre-2020 Ambition. Read More »

The Trump effect: Wary climate diplomats ‘wait and see’

The world expects the United States to uphold commitments under the landmark Paris climate treaty despite Donald Trump’s vow to pull out, the incoming head of its UN implementing body told AFP Friday. “The Paris Agreement is here,” Moroccan foreign minister Salaheddine Mezouar, who took over stewardship of the 196-nation UN climate forum from France earlier this week, said in ... Read More »

Ground-breaking Paris deal could fall apart under Trump

By Hilary Beaumont President-elect Donald Trump has sworn to back out of the Paris climate deal — a move that could potentially tank the historic multi-nation agreement, or at least make it extremely hard to implement. Trump, who has shrugged off climate change as a Chinese hoax, has called the Paris agreement “bad for business.” Trump has also vowed to ... Read More »

Paris deal comes into force Friday

Dhaka – The entry of the Paris Climate Change Agreement into force from Friday should spur states to be more ambitious in their commitment to tackling global warming, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said on Thursday. “I urge all the parties that will be at the COP22 in Marrakech to ensure that the meeting is ... Read More »

Interference of business groups in the UNFCCC

Shaila Mahmud With the Paris Agreement coming into full effect just before the next meeting of the Conference of Parties’ (COP) is all set to kick off has opened the floor for implementation talk in this year’s UN Climate Conference in Marrakech at its 22nd session. All the same, the Parties shall not overlook addressing concern regarding the inclusion and ... Read More »

Nations agree on phase-out of super GHGs

Kigali – Representatives from almost 200 countries reached an agreement Saturday on the phase-out of potent greenhouse gases used in refrigerators and air conditioners, a major step in curbing global warming, a Rwandan minister hosting the talks announced. “The amendment and decisions are adopted,” said Rwanda’s Minister of Natural Resources Vincent Biruta, who presided over the talks, held in the ... Read More »

A nonviolent strategy to end the climate catastrophe

Robert J. Burrowes As the evidence mounts that we are fast approaching the final point-of-no-return beyond which it will be impossible to take sufficient effective action to prevent climate catastrophe – see ‘The World Passes 400 PPM Threshold. Permanently’ – the evidence of ineffective official responses climbs too. See, for example, ‘Climate Con: why a new global deal on ... Read More »

Paris climate deal roadmap to Green Climate Fund

New York : At the recent United Nations General Assembly in New York, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon predicted the Paris Climate Change Agreement would enter into force before 2017, announcing 60 countries had now ratified its terms. This week, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank welcome an influx of finance ministers and central bankers, to its annual meetings in ... Read More »

India ratifies Paris climate agreement

India, one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, has ratified the Paris global climate agreement. Under the deal, India has committed to ensuring that at least 40% of its electricity will be generated from non-fossil sources by 2030. CO2 emissions are believed to be the driving force behind climate change. Read More »

Why countries must improve climate pledges?

Meraz Mostafa It’s getting close to November, which means delegates to the UN climate talks will once gather to discuss climate change: This time in Marrakesh, Morocco. This will be the first UN climate conference since countries agreed to the historic Paris Agreement last year, the first ever truly international climate change treaty. Read More »

Some 30 countries to ratify Paris climate accord at UN

AFP – At least 30 countries will on Wednesday formally join the Paris agreement on climate change, moving it closer to reality, according to the United Nations. The global body said 30 states would submit their ratification at the UN General Assembly including Latin American heavyweights Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. Read More »

The science behind the 1.5 °C climate goal

What is the science behind the climate goals set at the historic Paris Agreement? Researchers are in Oxford to discuss the feasibility and options, with their findings contributing to an IPCC paper in 2018. The ambition of the 2015 Paris Agreement of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change took the world ... Read More »

Brazil ratifies Paris climate change agreement

Brazil’s President Michel Temer on Monday ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change, which commits Brazil to reducing its carbon emissions by 37 percent by 2025 from 2005 levels.In a ceremony in Brasilia, Temer highlighted that Brazil has made a further commitment to reducing its emissions by 43 percent by 2030.In his speech, Temer said that Brazil had played a ... Read More »

G20 leaders reaffirm commitments to sustainable development

g20- As leaders from the Group of Twenty (G20) gathered for their 11th Summit in Hangzhou, China, on 4-5 September, there was no shortage of pressure from non-state actors for the Group to place climate change and related issues prominently on the agenda. The outcomes from the Summit indicate that these issues were central to many of the discussions, but ... Read More »

China ratifies Paris deal, US action awaited: Emissions to fall

Beijing (AP/UNB) — China announced on Saturday that it has ratified the emissions-cutting agreement reached last year in Paris, giving a big boost to efforts to bring the accord into effect by the end of this year. The United States was also expected to announce that it was formally joining the Paris Agreement in advance of the Group of 20 ... Read More »

Obama, Xi aim to join Paris climate pact ahead of G-20?

By Andrew Restuccia and Eric Wolff President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping are expected to formally commit their nations to last year’s Paris climate change agreement in the coming days, a move that would increase pressure on other nations to follow suit and serve as an implicit rebuke to the deal’s skeptics inside the U.S. Two sources briefed ... Read More »

175 states sign landmark Paris deal on climate change

UN (AP/UNB) – Leaders from at least 175 countries were signing the Paris Agreement on climate change Friday as the landmark deal took a key step forward, potentially entering into force years ahead of schedule. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, holding his young granddaughter, joined dozens of world leaders for a signing ceremony that set a record for international ... Read More »

Over 160 countries confirm to sign Paris deal Friday: UN

Dhaka, Apr 19 (UNB) – More than 160 countries have so far confirmed that they will sign the Paris Agreement on climate change on April 22, the first day that the agreement will be open for signature. “Next Friday will truly be a historic moment. It’ll be a great moment for multilateral efforts and this (UN) organisation,” said Selwin Hart, ... Read More »