COP26

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Despite the General Assembly being preoccupied with the war in Ukraine there was a groundbreaking moment when Vanuatu became the first nation state to sign the Fossil Fuel Non Proliferation Treaty. Press Release from the Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty Organisation. NEW YORK CITY – 23 September 2022 Today, Vanuatu called on other nations to join…

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Worldwide adverse weather events this summer have reinforced the moral imperative of Loss and Damage funding, in particular the damage caused by flooding in Pakistan, a nation which contributes less than 1% of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. Last year there were several papers which argued for the solution of a global Climate Income policy to…

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Another year of dangerous heat waves and related crises across the globe highlights the urgent need to resolve the issue of Loss and Damage financing and implementation. A new study in the journal Climatic Change, according to an AP News press release, states that five of the world’s biggest emitters – the US, China, India,…

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On the 1st June three former UN climate chiefs, Christian Figueres (2010-16), Yvo de Beor (2006-10) and Michael Zammit Cutajar (1991-2002) wrote a joint article in the Guardian. They state that in February the world’s governments endorsed the IPPC report on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability and thus the statement that… “The cumulative scientific evidence is…

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Chris Stark,Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, tweeted this this morning…So, in light of the Glasgow Climate Pact, we recommend that the Treasury reviews the role of the tax system in delivering Net Zero, including how higher and more consistent carbon prices can be achieved across the economy. What more can we say!

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James Collis and Dave Waltham COP26
15th November 2021

Was COP26 a success?

Was COP26 a success? Ask me again in a few years.   As expected, the COP failed to produce adequate finance for developing nations whilst the combined emissions pledges of the world’s governments do not, yet, come near to the cuts required to avoid catastrophic climate change. However, the “Paris Rulebook” was completed which means that…

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The COP26 was tasked, during negotiations for the Paris Agreement itself, with providing a clear moment for upgrading global ambition toward stopping the advance of dangerous climate change. We must all recognize that negotiations themselves do not change the geophysical reality, but they can create conditions where the actions that follow do provide meaningful mitigation…

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Cathy Orlando, Citizens Climate International Project Director and director of CCL Canada took part in the walk out from the People’s Plenary at COP26 today to protest at the draft deal described as  ‘a death sentence for vulnerable countries’. Participants were dismayed by the lack of progress on the $100 bn pledge, the stalemate on…