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California, China sign agreement on climate, cleantech


The government of California and China’s Ministry of Science and Technology announced on Monday, June 5, 2017 that they would work together to develop clean energy technologies, cooperate on emissions trading and explore other “climate-positive” trade and investment opportunities. California and China agreed to establish the California-China Clean Technology Partnership, designed to drive innovation and commercialisation in areas such as ...

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ILO clamours greening of workplace


The Director-General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), Guy Ryder, on Monday, June 5, 2017 told delegates that nothing would more clearly distinguish the first hundred years of the ILO’s history from the second “than the necessary greening of the world of work”. “Today, the Paris Agreement  and the national commitments made under its terms, together with the 2030 Agenda , provide a unique ...

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Bilbao hosts maiden authors’ forum for GHG inventories guidelines

Kiyoto Tanabe

More than 190 experts will meet in Bilbao from Wednesday, June 7 to Wednesday, June 14, 2017 to begin work on a new Methodology Report to update the guidelines countries use for estimating greenhouse gas emissions and removals, bringing them into line with the new requirements of the 2015 Paris Agreement. The meeting will launch the preparation of the new ...

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Authors of IPCC 1.5ºC Special Report hold second meeting

UK Met Office

The authors of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C meet from Monday, June 5 to Friday June 9, 2017 in Exeter, UK, for the Second Lead Author Meeting of the Special Report. This meeting, bringing together 86 scientific, technical and socio-economic experts from 39 countries, intensifies work on the Special Report, which will be ...

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Trump Paris Agreement rejection described as ‘call to action’

Scott Vaughan

U.S. President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change puts the United States at odds not just with the international community, but with overwhelming scientific evidence and the publicly expressed wishes of hundreds of American companies, from Apple to Exxon. These are part of sentiments expressed by Scott Vaughan, President and CEO of International Institute for Sustainable ...

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Climate justice must be prioritised, say faith-based groups

ACT Alliance

The ACT Alliance, the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches, have called for a prioritisation of climate justice as US President Donald Trump on Thursday, June 1, 2017 issued executive order withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Agreement.  They express deep dismay at the development, which they believe goes against global commitments to address climate change. The ...

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Buildings must be zero carbon by 2050, says report

Terri Wills

The building sector, which is responsible for global emissions roughly equivalent to that of China, must operate at “net zero carbon” by 2050 if global warming is to remain under two degrees Celsius, the limit enshrined in the Paris Agreement. According to a new report by the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), there are currently 500 net zero commercial buildings and 2,000 net ...

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Financial app reduces carbon footprint of 200 million Chinese consumers

Eric Jing

Some 200 million Chinese users of a digital payment giant are now using an app that gamifies carbon footprint tracking – cutting greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrating the massive potential of Fintech (financial technology) for supporting sustainable development. A report released on Tuesday, May 30, 2017 by the Green Digital Finance Alliance, which works to make the benefits of greening ...

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Bigwig firms seek to put a price on carbon

Nicolette Bartlett

New insights on carbon prices to transform the power sector were launched on Thursday, May 25, 2017 by the world’s first industry-led initiative convened by business leaders from Bank of America, Barclays, PGGM, MN, Engie, Iberdrola, NRGand Hermes Investment Management. The power sector accounts for a quarter of global emissions and defining investment-grade carbon price ranges will help companies better understand risks ...

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How to unlock private investment for climate action

Tom Kerr

In 2016, the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement accelerated already growing markets for climate-smart investment. And 2015 was another record-breaking year for renewable energy, with nearly $350 billion invested, more than double the amount going to fossil-powered generation. The growing attraction of climate business was evident at last year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakesh, where more and more major ...

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