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Faith-based petitions demand climate action

Mithika Mwenda

A total of 1,780,528 million people worldwide have put their names to a collection of faith-based petitions urging political leaders at the COP21 climate summit to take decisive action to curb global warming and deliver a strong, fair deal that helps poor countries adapt to their changing climate. The petitions were presented to UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres on November ...

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China urged to lead campaign against illegal logging in Congo Basin

Rashid Kang

The transformation of the Congo Basin timber trade into one significantly influenced by 20 key Chinese trading companies offers a golden opportunity to  contribute significantly to tackle illegal logging in the world’s second largest rainforest, according to a new Greenpeace East Asia and Greenpeace Africa report, Opportunity Knocks. “The health of the second ‘lungs of the earth’ is the responsibility of ...

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Paris attacks: ‘Struggle for climate justice will not stop’


The Coalition Climat 21 and all the organisations that are part of it have expressed solidarity with the victims of the 12 November in Beirut and those of 13 November in Paris, as well as their families and loved ones. In a statement, the body declared: “The world we have always defended is not the one we saw on that ...

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Campaigners urge Green Climate Fund to shun HSBC, Credit Agricole


Campaigners have urged the UN’s Green Climate Fund to reject the involvement of HSBC and Credit Agricole, ahead of COP21. A group of 88 NGOs, charities and academic bodies has penned an open letter to the board of the GCF, claiming that the accreditation of the two banks, which is currently being considered, would “pose serious reputational and moral risk ...

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Bonn: Ministers urged to drive ambition, fairness as Paris approaches


At the close of the last negotiating session in Bonn, Germany on Friday, October 23 before ministers, heads of state, and negotiators meet in Paris to finalise what should be a comprehensive, ambitious, and universal climate agreement, parties are leaving with a clearer idea of the outline of the deal. After a week of careful negotiating, there was concordance reached on some ...

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Nigeria puts finishing touches to INDCs as stakeholders validate draft


A gathering of experts on Friday, September 18, 2015 in Abuja endorsed a draft copy of Nigeria’s Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs), which is under preparation. This emerged after a daylong national stakeholders consultative and validation workshop whereby stakeholders were not only updated on the level of progress made so far on the preparation of the INDC, but likewise made ...

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COP21: Incorporating long targets with short term goals

Christiana Figueres

Unlike acclaimed unproductive previous climate talks, negotiators and world leaders are optimistic that the Paris climate conference is bound to be a success. From scientific studies, more intensified now than before, heat waves, drought, desertification, earthquake, sea level rise and landslides are various adverse effects stemming from unabating global warming. A research by American Meteorological Society reveals that there is ...

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Columbia, Algeria submit climate action plans

Christiana Figueres

The Republic of Colombia and People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria have submitted their new climate action plans to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). These Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) come well in advance of a new universal climate change agreement which will be reached at the UN climate conference in Paris, in December this year. The INDC and all others ...

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Arctic peoples overlooked as forum thaws climate discussions


Are climate discussions ignoring the self-determination of Arctic peoples? On August 30-31, President Barak Obama traveled to Alaska to address the U.S. State Department’s conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER), highlighting international and domestic priorities in the region. However, as politicians and activists seek to tackle the climate change challenges of the far North – ...

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Shell, Total, other fossil fuel majors call for global climate deal


Disclosures from thousands of the world’s largest listed companies reveal that many of the most significant producers of fossil fuels support an international deal that will limit warming to 2 degrees as an outcome of the UN climate conference, COP21. The news comes as the United Nations is this week negotiating draft text in preparation for a legally binding plan ...

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