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BASIC Ministers outline priorities for Paris Agreement

Kuala Lumpur (Hilary Chiew) – At their first meeting since the Paris climate summit, Ministers and representatives from Brazil, South Africa, India and China (BASIC) reiterated the importance of raising pre-2020 actions in building trust amongst the Parties to pave the way for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The ministers noted with concern the pending ratification by many Annex ... Read More »

Papua New Guinea 1st to have climate plan under Paris deal

By Eliza Northrop Washington DC – On March 29, Papua New Guinea became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a “Nationally Determined Contribution,” or NDC) under the Paris Agreement. The small Pacific nation’s plan to transition to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 is no longer just an “intended” nationally ... Read More »

Keys to success of Paris Agreement: World Bank climate policy officer

The historic climate agreement reached by more than 190 nations in December 2015 will require more than just the individual efforts of participating countries to meet their commitments to mitigate climate change. Too often overlooked is the crucial role the private sector, cities, states, regions, and societal groups are playing, and the major investments they are making to help ensure ... Read More »

Huge fight in Paris to ensure ‘contributions’ are not mitigation-centric

Penang (T Ajit) — A proposal by the Like-Minded Developing countries (LMDC), aimed at ensuring that nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are comprehensive and not mitigation-centric, was a hard fought battle that eventually succeeded in being reflected in the Paris Agreement. During the UNFCCC’s twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties in Paris (COP21), held from ... Read More »

Debate behind closed doors on temperature goal in Paris deal

21 December, Penang (T Ajit) — The long-term temperature goal and how to operationalize it was discussed at length among Parties before compromise was reached in the Paris Agreement under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The negotiations were spread over several sessions at the recently concluded twenty-first session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) of ... Read More »

What countries agreed to under the Paris Agreement – TWN

Penang, 18 December (Meena Raman) – The adoption of the Paris Agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has been heralded by many countries as a historic moment and a critical point in the global effort against climate change. The Agreement was adopted evening of Saturday, 12 December in Paris. Several countries that spoke at the ... Read More »

Paris agreement marks “turning point” in history

Governments around the world have for the first time in history committed to cutting greenhouse gas emissions to tackle climate change, signalling an end to the fossil fuel era. Heads of businesses and organisations give their reactions to this landmark deal. After 20 years of fraught meetings, including the past two weeks spent in an exhibition hall on the outskirts ... Read More »

Paris Agreement adopted after last minute ‘technical corrections’

Geneva, 14 Dec (Meena Raman and Hilary Chiew)- The Paris Agreement, under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was finally adopted evening of Saturday, 12 December, after four years since the launch of the process to develop the legal instrument under the Ad hoc Working Group under the Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (ADP). The adoption of ... Read More »

Not just an agreement, but a just agreement needed

By: Tetet Nera-Lauron Paris – Three days into the 21st Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), negotiations are nearing fever pitch as the December 4 deadline for a revised draft text of the Paris climate agreement looms. COP 21 is taking place in the French capital from Nov. 30 to Dec.11, with ... Read More »

Pressuring the poachers

by Michael Meyer Nairobi – At one of Hanoi’s priciest restaurants, a group of Vietnamese businessmen meet their new American partners to celebrate their latest venture. “A toast!” someone exclaims. They raise their glasses, filled with the finest scotch, which has been sprinkled with a fine powder. Not gold powder, as lesser moguls might offer, nor even the purest cocaine. ... Read More »

Fifty years of climate dithering

by Stefan Rahmstorf Sydney – In November 1965, US President Lyndon B. Johnson was presented with the first-ever government report warning of the dangers that could result from burning large amounts of fossil fuels. Fifty years is a long time in politics, so it is remarkable how little has been done since then to address the threat posed by carrying ... Read More »

Biggest polluters set to miss deadline for climate change action

Less than a week before the United Nations deadline for countries to file greenhouse-gas pledges necessary to keep a global climate change deal on track, it looks like most of the world is missing in action. Ahead of the March 31 target, only the European Union and Switzerland have unveiled plans, representing about 10 per cent of global emissions. The ... Read More »

Lima agrees deal – but leaves major issues for Paris

By Diego Arguedas Ortiz LIMA (IPS) – After a 25-hour extension, delegates from 195 countries reached agreement on a “bare minimum” of measures to combat climate change, and postponed big decisions on a new treaty until the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21), to be held in a year’s time in Paris. After 13 days of debates, COP 20, ... Read More »

UN members assent deal at Lima climate talks

United Nations members have reached an agreement on how countries should tackle climate change. Delegates have approved a framework for setting national pledges to be submitted to a summit next year. Differences over the draft text caused the two-week talks in Lima, Peru, to overrun by two days. Read More »

US-China climate deal: Maker or breaker?

by Sunita Narain In my previous article I wrote that India should demand an ambitious climate change deal, because we need the world to stay safe—below the guardrail of 2°C rise in temperature. I also said that for the deal to be effective, it is necessary to ensure that every country has the right to development but within the planetary ... Read More »

Will new climate treaty be a thriller, or shaggy dog story?

By Stephen Leahy Uxbridge, Canada (IPS) – This December, 195 nations plus the European Union will meet in Lima for two weeks for the crucial U.N. Conference of the Parties on Climate Change, known as COP 20. The hope in Lima is to produce the first complete draft of a new global climate agreement. However, this is like writing a ... Read More »

Foggy weather affects normal life in Joypurhat

Normal life and vehicular movements were badly affected for the third consecutive day today as a mild cold wave coupled with dense fog continued sweeping in the district. Read More »

Climate change poses threat to livelihood in Barind tract

Adverse impact of climate change has started posing a serious threat to the farming sector alongside overall living and livelihood condition in vast barind tract consisting the districts of Rajshahi, Naogaon and Chapainawabgonj for the last couple of years. Read More »

Developing nations bear the brunt of extreme weather

Warsaw – Haiti, the Philippines and Pakistan were the countries that suffered the most due to extreme weather events in 2012, according to the Global Climate Risk Index released yesterday at the UN Climate Change Conference in Warsaw, Poland. Read More »

Japanese experts conduct earthquake drill in Motijheel Coloney

A team of Japanese experts on Saturday conducted an earthquake evacuation drill in Motijheel colony in the city to give a first hand idea to the colony inhabitants that how community people should react during a massive tremor. Read More »

Enhanced GO-NGO efforts for reducing disaster risk stressed

Speakers at a discussion here have stressed for coordinated and enhanced GO-NGO efforts involving the community people and early preparedness for reducing disaster risks, losses of lives and damages of properties. Read More »

Int’l Day for Disaster Reduction Sunday

The International Day for Disaster Reduction will be observed in the country on Sunday as elsewhere across the globe to raise awareness of how people are taking action to reduce their risk to disasters. Read More »

Change in temperature unlikely

Light to moderate rain or thundershowers accompanied by temporary gusty wind is likely to occur at many places over Chittagong, Barisal, Khulna and Sylhet divisions and at a few places over Dhaka, Rangpur and Rajshahi divisions in 24 hours till 6pm tomorrow (Saturday). Read More »