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Moldova ratifies Paris Agreement, becomes 149th party to accord

Igor-Dodon

The Republic of Moldova on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Consequent upon this development, Moldova has emerged the 149th country to endorse the global treaty. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Moldova’s ratification of the pact will enter into force in a month’s time on Thursday, ...

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Study clarifies how US cities, states can engage in climate action

Donald Trump

President Donald Trump’s stand notwithstanding, U.S. cities and states are increasingly seeking ways to play an active role in international climate change efforts. In an apparent move to complement this role, the Sabin Centre for Climate Change Law of Columbia Law School has released a new resource to help them engage in climate action. The report, entitled “Act Locally, Reflect ...

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Sweden legislates for carbon neutrality by 2045

Sweden

Sweden last week passed a legislation which legally binds the country to reach net-zero emissions by the year 2045, five years earlier than previously planned. The new Climate Act, passed in parliament with an overwhelming majority vote (254 against 41), is believed to be more ambitious than what Sweden pledged under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The Paris Agreement commits ...

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AMCEN16: African governments urged on Paris Agreement implementation commitment

AMCEN Libreville, Gabon

African governments have been called upon to adopt a declaration to affirm their commitment to the acceleration of implementation of the Paris Agreement, and condemn the decision by the United States to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. The call was made on Thursday, June 15, 2017 in Libreville, Gabon in a statement issued by the African Major Groups and Stakeholders ...

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Withdrawal from Paris Agreement: An overview

Paris Agreement

The announcement by the President of the United States in June 2017 that the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement appears to have sparked a lot of interest in how a Party can withdraw, should they decide to do so. In this piece, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), attempts to clarify the basic process, ...

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Global coal production shows 2016 record low

Coal

Is it the end of an era for coal? Production of the fossil fuel dropped by a record amount in 2016, according to BP Plc’s annual review of global energy trends. China, the world’s biggest energy consumer, burned the least coal in six years and use dropped in the U.S to a level last seen in the 1970s, the company’s data ...

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G7 environment ministers commit to Paris Agreement

G7-environment

The Environment Ministers of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United Kingdom, and European Commissioners responsible for environment and climate, have reaffirmed their strong commitment to the swift and effective implementation of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. In a communique issued at the end of the G7 Environment Ministers Meeting in Bologna, Italy, on Monday, June 12, 2017, they ...

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Paris Agreement: How President Trump got it wrong – Climate Scorecard

Donald Trump, US president

Climate Scorecard, a citizen-based effort to monitor and report on efforts to implement the Paris Agreement, believes that President Donald Trump does not get the Paris Agreement or American resolve to ensure that the Agreement succeeds The rest of the world is aware that US President Trump does not get the Paris Climate Agreement. His decision to withdraw the United ...

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Paris Agreement: Groups ask governments to produce African Rule Book

AMCEN-PACJA

Leading non-state actors and civil society groups from across Africa have called on African governments to kick-start the process of designing an African Rule Book for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. The book, according to them, will help in galvanising a robust presentation of African perspectives in the Paris Rule Book which is being formulated. The call was made ...

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Faith groups ask Trump to reconsider Paris accord pull-out

Mattias Söderberg

Faith-based organisations have called on U.S. President Donald Trump to give a second thought to his decision to pull the country out of the Paris Agreement on climate change. Representatives of the faith groups, who are preparing for an inter-faith gathering, on Thursday, June 8, 2017 expressed deep concern about the US decision. “To care for creation, is a moral ...

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