Climate Change

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On Wednesday UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres made his most hard hitting condemnation of the fossil fuel industry ever. Citing the latest European Commission Copernicus Climate Change Service report showing last month was the hottest May in history, the UN chief said global emissions need to fall nine per cent every year just to keep the…

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A new working paper (i.e. not yet peer reviewed) has been published by The National Bureau of Economic Research (US). Titled “The Macroeconomic Impact of Climate Change: Global vs. Local Temperature”, the paper claims that the macroeconomic damages from climate change have been seriously underestimated and are six times worse than thought. It has been…

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A new Climate Damages Tax report has been published by Stamp out Poverty. The first was published in 2018 before the Loss and Damage Fund was agreed at COP28 which was kick-started by the UAE’s $100 million pledge. By 2 December 2023, a cumulative total of $655.9 million had been pledged to the Loss and…

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Yesterday the Climate Change Committee released its summary of the implications of the Cop28 outcome for the UK. The CCC warns that the government’s “mixed messages” did damage its reputation on the world stage and decarbonisation progress beyond electricity generation is lagging. Non energy generation emissions must quadruple to meet the UK’s target under the…

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Green Party MP Caroline Lucas has written an article in Business Green (paywall), (summary in Carbon Brief) about the pointlessness of the Offshore Petroleum Licensing Bill. She points out that annual licensing rounds can and already do happen, so no new legislation is needed; it is just “a political stunt that will harm the UK’s…

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21st December 2023

What happened at COP28?

This is an extract from the slideshow delivered by Cathy Orlando, CCI program director on the 20th December 2023 giving the CCI analysis of the outcome of COP28. The worst case scenario – that fossil fuels would get a free pass and the pledge to work to keep temperature rises within 1.5 Celsius would be…

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13/12/2023 — The following is a statement from Citizens’ Climate International Executive Director Joe Robertson about the recently-completed COP28 climate conference in Dubai. The agreement reached at COP28, which recommends “transitioning away from fossil fuels,” is an historic breakthrough, acknowledging for the first time that we cannot maintain a liveable world unless we stop burning…