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Carbon markets can reduce climate action costs, says report

john roome

101 countries consider carbon pricing as part of their Paris Agreement commitments Greater cooperation through carbon trading could reduce the cost of climate change mitigation by 32 percent by 2030, according to a World Bank report released on Tuesday at an international carbon event in Hanoi, Vietnam. New modelling analysis undertaken for the State and Trends of Carbon Pricing 2016 report shows ...

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West Africa steps up transparency on climate action

Shortly before the entry into force of the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement on November 4, West African countries are stepping up cooperation to ensure that climate action can be properly measured, reported and verified, and have agreed a new network to do so. The Paris Agreement provides a robust transparency and accounting system, which will provide clarity on countries’ ...

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Peru launches INFOCARBONO, digital GHG inventory

Manuel Pulgar Vidal

A central component of the Paris Agreement is to strengthen transparency requirements to better hold countries accountable for their commitments. National transparency mechanisms provide information to track Parties’ progress in implementing their nationally determined contributions (NDCs) and will help strengthen Parties’ capacities to measure and optimise their efforts to address climate change. Peru has now taken an important initiative to ...

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Cities request support for transition to low carbon

Miguel Ángel Mancera

Mayors of the world’s major cities have called for national governments and international financial institutions to help finance low-carbon and sustainable projects. These reforms are crucial for implementing the New Urban Agenda and meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The C40 Cities Call for Action on Municipal Infrastructure Finance, details six reforms that if implemented would help create a ...

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Africa told to concretise climate commitments

James Murombedzi

The Africa Climate Policy Centre (ACPC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has urged African countries that are yet to ratify the Paris Agreement to consider revising their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). Speaking at a civil society workshop on the eve of the sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VI) in Addis Ababa, ...

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How to boost pre-2020 action on mitigation, adaptation, by SPM

Patricia Espinosa

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) secretariat has published the Summary for Policymakers (SPM), an annual go-to publication that summarises policies, technologies and initiatives to boost climate action. The SPM results from meetings throughout 2016 of the technical examination processes on mitigation and adaptation. As a result, and for the first time, the SPM covers both the reduction ...

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GCF approves $745m in funding proposals

Zaheer Fakir

The Green Climate Fund (GCF) on Friday in Songdo, Republic of Korea reached a new milestone with the approval of $745 million in funding proposals at its 14th meeting. The 10 newly approved projects and programmes have a total value of $2.6 billion, and will help 27 countries across the globe to reduce their emissions and adapt to the impacts ...

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Gore, Clinton link Hurricane Matthew to climate change

Hurricane Matthew

Campaigning with former vice president and climate champion Al Gore in Miami on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton didn’t hold back about drawing a connection between a changing climate and Hurricane Matthew, which has killed more than 20 Americans and more than 1,000 people in Haiti thus far. “Hurricane Matthew was likely more destructive because of climate change,” Clinton said. “Right now the ocean is at or ...

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Nigeria develops standards for ODS disposal

Dr. Lawrence Anuka

Environmentalists have said that, in the cause of controlling use of Ozone Depleting Substances (ODS) in Nigeria, some gaps were identified in the provisions of The National Environment Ozone Layer Protection Regulations of 2009, a promulgation of the Federal Government addressing the use of ODS in the country. At a workshop in Abuja on Expert Review of the Draft Amended ...

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CCDA-VI examines implications of implementing Paris Agreement

James Murombedzi

The Sixth Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-VI), the continent’s premier climate change conference, will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from 18-20 October, bringing together diverse stakeholders to understand the implications, nuances, challenges and opportunities of implementing the Paris Agreement. The main theme of the CCDA-VI, organised under the auspices of the Climate for Development in ...

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