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C40 Cities mayors urge G20 leaders to accelerate climate action

C40 Cities mayors

Mayors of the world’s largest cities, representing hundreds of millions of citizens, have launched a petition urging G20 heads of state and heads of government to deliver on their commitments to tackle climate change under the Paris Climate Change Agreement. The petition highlights the urgent need of taking climate action at all levels, and reaffirms the commitment of cities to implement ...

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Women frontrunners incite support for Paris accord

Women's Forum

Women leaders, under the aegis of the Women’s Forum for the Economy & Society, have declared their backing for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, saying that they are in support of global efforts to realise the landmark accord. At the close of a gathering on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 in Rome, Italy, the women declared: “We want to express ...

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Qatar is 150th Party to Paris Agreement

Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani

The State of Qatar on Friday, June 23, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The peninsular Arab nation has thus become the 150th country to endorse the global treaty, after Moldova, which ratified the climate accord on Tuesday, June 20, 2017. According to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Qatar’s ratification of ...

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Montréal Declaration: 140 mayors express commitment to Paris goals


One hundred and forty mayors of the world’s largest cities have expressed their commitment implement the Paris Climate Change Agreement at a meeting in Montréal, Canada, and pledged city leadership on climate action. Almost 60 percent of the world’s population already lives in urban regions, and this proportion is constantly increasing. The lion’s share of heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions is ...

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Why oil firms should plan for low carbon future – Report

James Leaton

Five out of the world’s six largest listed oil companies risk wasting over 30% of their spending – with a total value of $2.3 trillion – on projects that are not aligned with goals of the Paris Agreement. They therefore need to reconsider investments in order to protect the interests of investors. This is the main conclusion of a new ...

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Moldova ratifies Paris Agreement, becomes 149th party to accord


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 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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