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COP24: ACT demands stronger climate action commitment

Rudelmar Bueno de Faria

The just concluded UN climate talks in Kotawice, Poland confirms the vast disconnect between ambition, urgency for action on climate change, and the political will of key governments, the ACT Alliance has said. Rudelmar Bueno de Faria, ACT Alliance’s General Secretary  The organisation, which made the submission in a statement made available to EnviroNews on Sunday, December 16, 2018, insists ...

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‘Sufferings of many’ pay for ‘luxuries of few’ as COP24 adopts guidelines for Paris accord

Greta Thunberg

As critical negotiations on how to enact the Paris Agreement on climate change ended on Saturday, December 15, 2018 in Katowice, Poland, legal and policy experts joined grassroots campaigners in sharing their views at the direction of the talks. Fifteen-year-old Swedish schoolgirl and climate activist, Greta Thunberg, told delegates in a viral speech on Thursday that “the sufferings of the ...

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COP24: Countries struggle to muster collective political will to tackle climate crisis


World leaders arrived at the UN climate talks in Katowice with a mandate to uphold the Paris Agreement and respond to the emergency of the climate crisis. The IPCC 1.5C Report makes it clear that every tenth of a degree of warming matters and we need to act now to cut emissions in half within the next 12 years. But ...

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Reactions trail adoption of ‘Katowice Climate Package’ at COP24

COP24 opening

Late on Saturday (December 15, 2018) evening, the UN climate negotiations drew to a close, with Parties adopting a set of guidelines for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. Commenting on the decision, Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, Gebru Jember Endalew, said: “While there are parts of the package that could and should have been stronger, the implementation ...

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UN to COP24: Prepare Africa for ravages of climate change

Ahunna Eziakonwa

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has called on the international community to evolve measures to prepare the African continent for the ravages of climate change. Ms Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director of UNDP’s Africa Bureau, who made the call at the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in ...

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COP24: We organised a top-class event, says Polish leader

Andrzej Duda

“Once again, we passed the exam, we organised an absolutely top-class world party at the highest level,” President Andrzej Duda of Poland said on Friday, December 14, 2018 in the sidelines of the 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP24) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Katowice. Poland had previously hosted the COP in ...

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COP24 delegates clamour women empowerment to save Africa from climate change


Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector. That is the message from African delegates as the world deliberates on the implementation the Paris Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland. Research shows that when women are involved in decision making, ...

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African CSOs express worry about outcome of COP24

Mithika Mwenda

A coalition of African environmental civil society organisations (CSOs) under the umbrella of the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) has expressed concern about lack of concrete outcomes so far, following the ongoing climate change negotiations in Katowice, Poland. “We detest the fact that, despite working to beat the deadline to deliver a credible report as mandated by COP21 held ...

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Record wet and dry months increase as climate change drives rainfall extremes

Nigeria flood

More and more rainfall extremes are observed in regions around the globe – triggering both wet and dry records, a new study has shown. There are however big differences between regions: the central and eastern US, northern Europe and northern Asia have experienced heavy rainfall events that have led to severe floods in recent past. In contrast, most African regions have ...

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COP24 delegates seek scaled-up ambition, support on climate finance

Mattias Söderberg

Ongoing UN Climate talks in Katowice, Poland are at a critical stage, as negotiations on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 moved into bilateral talks between ministers and in the final days of the summit. Observers are optimistic that the talks will deliver results. “We are concerned about the slow progress and we call on all delegates to acknowledge the urgency and ...

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