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Paris Agreement: No new coal plants after 2020 in Europe, say energy producers


Leading energy companies in Europe have announced that they will build no new coal-fired power plants in the European Union after 2020, in support of the goals agreed by international community under the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement. The central goal of the Paris Agreement is to keep the maximum global average temperature rise as close as possible to 1.5 ...

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Scotland, California collaborate to tackle climate change


A joint agreement committing the Scottish Government and the Government of California to work together to tackle climate change has been signed. First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, met with the Governor of California, Edmund G. Brown, in Sacramento (in California State) on Monday, April 3, 2017 to discuss how the two administrations can work together to achieve the ambitions set out ...

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Earth Hour: Iconic structures go dark to support planet’s protection

Earth Hour

The United Nations on Saturday, March 25 2017 dimmed the lights at its iconic Headquarters complex in New York and other facilities around the world in observance of the tenth annual “Earth Hour”, global event to put the spotlight on the issues facing the planet and to inspire millions across the world to live more sustainably. In a video message, ...

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Countries must remain committed to Paris Agreement – UN

UN headquarters complex

Climate change is an unprecedented and growing threat to peace, prosperity and development and addressing it presents an economic opportunity for governments and business, senior United Nations (UN) officials said on Thursday, March 23, 2017. “We are dealing with scientific facts, not politics. And the facts are clear. Climate change is a direct threat in itself, and a multiplier of ...

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Climate, development agendas inherently linked

Patricia Espinosa

Speaking at the opening of the President of the General Assembly High-Level Event Climate Change and the Sustainable Development Agenda in New York on 23 March, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa notes that the sustainable development and climate change agendas are inherently linked. “By looking at climate and sustainability holistically, we maximise the potential for positive outcomes of every action we take. ...

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Paris Agreement, SDGs can generate better jobs – UN


The ILO and UNFCCC team up to boost action on just transition and decent work in the context of climate change. The agreement between the two organisations is expected to bring a substantial contribution to the implementation of the Paris Agreement An agreement to promote decent work and a “just transition” of the workforce towards sustainable economies and societies for ...

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Commonwealth, UN climate body commit to realisation of Paris Agreement


The Commonwealth and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have committed to work closely together to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, met with Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, at Marlborough House in London on Friday, February 24 2017 to discuss how the Commonwealth Secretariat can support global ...

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South Asia nations vow to meet challenges of climate change

Shri Narendra Modi

The joint declaration of the South Asian Speakers’ Summit in India has asserted that the Paris Agreement must continue to be guided by the principles of UN Framework Convention. Climate change news, analysis, commentary, The average surface temperature of earth has increased more than 1 degree Fahrenheit since 1900. It has called for greater cooperation among the member countries to ...

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US an important partner of UNFCCC, says Espinosa

patricia espinosa

Patricia Espinosa, who last year took the helm as executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was in the United Kingdom last week to speak with businesses, NGOs and Nick Hurd, the UK climate change minister, on how to sustain and increase momentum on climate action. Previously a Mexican diplomat and minister, Espinosa is tasked with ...

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OPEC chief, Barkindo, reaffirms commitment to Paris Agreement

Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo

The leadership of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has reaffirmed the group’s commitment to tackling global climate change through the historic Paris Climate Change Agreement. OPEC Secretary General, Mohammad Barkindo, who is a Nigerian, spoke at the International Petroleum Week on Tuesday, February 21 2017 in London, the United Kingdom. He said: “Let me stress that OPEC not only ...

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