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Climate summit: Big companies commit to emissions slash

limate Strike San Francisco

No fewer than 90 big companies in sectors from food to cement to telecommunications have pledged to slash their greenhouse gas emissions in a new campaign to steer multi-nationals towards a low-carbon future. Young people protest outside of the San Francisco Federal Building during a Climate Strike march in San Francisco, U.S. September 20, 2019 “We Mean Business”, a coalition ...

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UN Secretariat adopts plan to halve own emissions by 2030

Antonio Guterres

The United Nations Secretariat has adopted a new 10-year Climate Action Plan aimed at transforming its operations to achieve a 45 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and sourcing 80 per cent of electricity from renewable energy by 2030. Antonio Guterres, UN Secretary General The Plan was adopted just ahead of the Climate Action Summit, which is hosted by ...

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UN, Mayors launch tree-planting campaign to scale up climate action in urban areas

Olga Algayerova

Urban areas are said to be responsible for an estimated 75% of C02 emissions worldwide, making city-level action critical for global efforts to address the climate emergency. Mayors and other key urban leaders appear to have resolved to play a pivotal role in localising climate action, with immediate impact on the ground and the ability to mobilise citizens and different stakeholders. ...

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Youths vow continued pressure for urgent action to address climate emergency

Youth Climate Summit

A day after thousands of young people marched and rallied for urgent climate action on Friday, September 20, 2019, young leaders brought their message to the United Nations for the Youth Climate Summit, the opening salvo of the three-day long United Nations Climate Action Summit, which culminates on Monday, September 23. Swedish environmental activist, Greta Thunberg (centre), speaks to guests ...

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Winners of 2019 Global Youth Video Competition unveiled

Niclas Svenningsen

Young people from Portugal, Brazil and the United States are being celebrated as the winners of the 2019 Global Youth Video Competition for telling inspiring stories of local climate action that can be scaled up and replicated around the world. Niclas Svenningsen, Manager, Global Climate Action, at UN Climate Change In advance of this year’s edition of the Global Youth Video Competition, over ...

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Oxfam’s 2019 Global Strategy Forum: Pathways to the future

Oxfam’s 2019 Global Strategy Forum

Oxfam International convened its Global Strategy Forum from September 16 to 18, 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya. The forum brought together 120 participants which included activists, experts and Oxfam staff to contribute expertise and experience, and have debates that will inform the organisation’s next global strategy and to shape its future. Participants at Oxfam’s 2019 Global Strategy Forum in Nairobi, Kenya ...

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Young people take to streets as over 5,200 climate strikes commence in 156 countries

Germany protest

More than 5,200 climate strikes will be held in 156 countries around the world from Sept. 20 to Sept. 27, 2019 as part of the Global Climate Strike inspired by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, who called for immediate action on climate change on Twitter. Greta Thunberg leading a climate protest The strike comes after children from the Fridays ...

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Report says govts can unlock $24tr by investing in zero-carbon cities

California

A new report from the Coalition for Urban Transitions, supported by 50 leading institutions, shows that national governments that invest in low-carbon cities can enhance economic prosperity, make cities better places to live and rapidly reduce carbon emissions. Carbon emission from vehicles in a city in the US The report finds that implementing low-carbon measures in cities would be worth ...

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UK, South Africa join call for change on climate policies

Climate Strike UK

Several hundred people of all ages, races and affiliations gathered near the South African Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on Friday, September 20, 2019 to join the global call for more action against climate change. Climate Strike in UK “Act now or there will be hell and high water” and “Don’t be a fossil fool” were some of the messages adorning ...

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Google invests $1bn on solar cells parks, German climate package costs $55bn

Angela Merkel

U.S. IT company Google on Friday, September 20, 2019 said that it would invest over $1 billion in European solar cell parks, five of which will be built in Denmark. German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. Photo credit: REUTERS/Nicolas Asfonri/Pool Malou Aamund, Google’s Danish director, said this in a statement on Friday. “We have been working hard to find some projects in ...

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