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Govts’ fossil fuel production plans dangerously out of sync with Paris limits

Inger Andersen

The 2021 Production Gap Report, by leading research institutes and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), finds that despite increased climate ambitions and net-zero commitments, governments still plan to produce more than double the amount of fossil fuels in 2030 than what would be consistent with limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP. Photo credit: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images The report, first launched in 2019, measures the gap between governments’ planned production of coal, ...

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At pre-COP26 in Milan, rich nations urged to tidy up climate finance process

Pre-COP26

The participants of the preparatory conference for COP26 expect that all outstanding points of the Paris Agreement can be resolved, even as the preparations that are now necessary are to be made for this. Pre-COP26 conference in Milan, Italy At the meeting, Germany’s State Secretary for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth, called on the industrialised countries to close the remaining gap in ...

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Africa Climate Week 2021 builds regional momentum ahead of COP26

Sam Cheptoris

The Africa Climate Week 2021 (ACW 2021) Virtual Thematic Sessions are underway with calls to action from leading voices from across the region. ACW 2021 is being held through September 29 and is hosted by the Government of Uganda, with support from UN and other multilateral agencies. Mr. Sam Cheptoris, Minister of Water and Environment of Uganda A wide array ...

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Why indigenous women are vital to climate action

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The International Day of Indigenous Women celebrated annually on September 5 serves as a reminder that indigenous women play a leading role in reducing the harmful emissions that contribute to climate change, and help their communities address adverse, climate-related impacts. Indigenous women in Nigeria As one example, indigenous women from the Kainai First Nation in Canada have helped lead collaborative ...

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COP26: Nations urged to show ‘bold and courageous climate leadership’

Patricia Espinosa

In a message delivered to students at the Harvard Kennedy School on Thursday, August 5, 2021, UN Climate Change Executive Secretary, Patricia Espinosa, reiterated her call for “bold and courageous climate leadership” to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ahead of the crucial UN Climate Change Conference ...

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Africa rises to challenge of climate crisis, accelerates action on Paris Agreement

Achim Steiner

Africa is at a crossroads. The multiplying challenges of the climate crisis, conflict and COVID-19 have put more and more people at risk. UNDP Administrator, Mr. Achim Steiner And while these headwinds are slowing progress to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and targets outlined in the Paris Agreement, nations across the continent are rising to the challenge, and building transformative ...

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Patricia Espinosa urges G20 to provide leadership in path to 1.5°C

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Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Patricia Espinosa, has called on countries to provide the necessary leadership to achieve the central goal of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Patricia Espinosa, executive secretary of the UNFCCC Ms. Espinosa, who made the submission while speaking to the Environment and Energy Ministers of G20 nations in Naples, Italy, on ...

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Ekwueme varsity centre’s reports seek to enhance Nigeria’s NDCs revision

Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke

The Centre for Climate Change and Development Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu Alike Ikwo (CCCD AE-FUNAI), Ebonyi State, has published several reports that are related to the revision of the Nigeria Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Prof. Chukwumerije Okereke, Director of CCCD AE-FUNAI The reports, which are outputs from the ongoing project by the Centre titled “Promoting Public Engagement with Nigerian ...

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Major investors call for global price on carbon

Günther Thallinger

Ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference COP26 in November 2021 in Glasgow, investors managing more than $6 trillion in assets have called for a coordinated global price on carbon to reach the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global average temperature rise to as close as possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Günther Thallinger, Alliance Chair and Member of the ...

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World has enough renewables potential for energy transition, say experts

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The world already has more than enough renewable energy potential to comfortably make the transition away from fossil fuels while also expanding energy access for all, finds new analysis by Dr Sven Teske and Dr Sarah Niklas from the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology, Sydney. Renewable energy: Solar panels Fossil Fuel Exit Strategy shows clearly that, even if ...

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