COP26

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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…

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Citizens’ Climate International works to empower citizen volunteers to build political will for a livable world. We want to see the everyday economy tell the truth about pollution costs, and for mainstream finance to value the health and resilience of people and nature. We welcome the historic breakthroughs of Week 1 of the COP26, noting…

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I’m much less grumpy today. I can at least now get into the plenary sessions which means that I get to hear new announcements first hand. I’m still not able to listen in on the really detailed negotiation sessions but, perhaps, that’s not surprising. I may have been given the wrong impression by the subsidiary-body…

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COP26: Acting together to secure a livable future The COP26—the 26th Conference of the Parties to the Convention—brings together leaders from 196 nations and thousands of observer organizations, to detail national climate action commitments, settle on operational rules for cooperative emissions reduction, and mobilize unprecedented levels of climate-related finance. The result must be a mainstreaming…