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Paris climate accord: We’re still in, say U.S. leaders

Michael Bloomberg

President Donald Trump’s action notwithstanding, Americans appear to have stood firmly by the Paris Agreement, thanks to what looks like an unprecedented outpouring of support for the famous climate treaty. Michael Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, on Monday, June 5, 2017 submitted an unique statement of unity from hundreds of U.S. mayors, governors, ...

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Climate action needed to protect world’s oceans – UNFCCC

Patricia Espinosa

The vital link between oceans and climate change is among the issues at the forefront of discussions at the United Nations Ocean Conference taking place in New York from June 5 to 9, which is being attended by the UN’s top climate change official, Patricia Espinosa. The Ocean Conference highlights the necessity of adopting integrated approaches to better monitor the ...

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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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Paris Agreement: There’s nothing Washington can do to stop us, says Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

While U.S. President Donald Trump was on Thursday, June 1, 2017 announcing the nation’s withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on Climate Change,  American philanthropist and UN envoy, Michael Bloomberg, on the other hand was doing what appears to be the exact opposite – filling a significant funding gap arising from Trump’s action and ensuring that America and other countries fulfill ...

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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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Polish city, Katowice, to host COP24 in 2018


The city of Katowice was on Thursday, June 1, 2017 announced by the Government of Poland as the venue for the 2018 24th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention of Climate Change (UNFCCC), or “COP24”. Poland was chosen as the upcoming President by the Eastern European Group, whose turn it is to host ...

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Concern as climate change, plastics choke the ocean


Ahead of the United Nations Ocean Conference to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14 (Life below water), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has called for urgent action on climate change and marine plastic pollution to conserve the ocean and help ensure global food security, coastal protection and sustainable livelihoods. The ocean is said to ...

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Trump expected to pull U.S. from Paris Agreement

Donald Trump, US president

President Donald Trump is expected to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate agreement, three officials with knowledge of the decision said, making good on a campaign pledge but severely weakening the landmark 2015 climate change accord that committed nearly every nation to take action to curb the warming of the planet. A senior White House official cautioned that the specific ...

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UN chief urges world to rally behind Paris accord

António Guterres

Highlighting the seriousness of the impact of climate change on the planet and its inhabitants, United Nations (UN) Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 called for sustained action to meet the global challenge and to ensure a peaceful and sustainable future for all. “The effects of climate change are dangerous and they are accelerating,” Secretary-General Guterres told a gathering of ...

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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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