Can China deal with climate change without the U.S.?

Last Tuesday U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order which rejects most of the climate initiatives of Obama’s administration. The U.S. President seems to keep his pre-election promises on boosting the coal industry and does not support the fight against global warming. However, China, the second largest economy in the world, has revealed that […]

COP22 addresses a strong global pledge to effectively implement the Paris Agreement

Last Friday, more than 190 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22) and jointly pledged through an Action Proclamation to implement the Paris Agreement showing a sense of global unity on climate change. The Proclamation was a clear call for more political commitment in order to fight climate change and prevent its […]

COP21 Paris agreement: a non legally-binding climate pact won’t stop effectively global warming while EU’s Cañete throws hardest part to next Commission

Last Saturday the COP21 Paris agreement was unanimously signed by 195 countries in Le Bourget, France. Everyone voted in favor of the new attempt to reverse the downhill of our planet regarding temperature rise and agreed to take all the necessary actions to cut all fossil fuels subsidies by the end of this century. This is seen by […]

COP21 Paris: The Final Agreement Adopted-full text

+ United Nations FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1 Distr.: Limited 12 December 2015 Original: English Conference of the Parties Twenty-first session Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015 Agenda item 4(b) Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17) Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties […]

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: 195 countries adopt the First Universal Climate Agreement

“I hear no objection in the room, I declare the Paris climate agreement adopted.” It was with these words, on Saturday, 12 December, that Laurent Fabius closed the fierce negotiations that had been underway for two weeks in Le Bourget. A long standing ovation and shouts of joy followed in the room where the 195 […]

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: The New Draft Agreement!

United Nations FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1 Distr.: Limited 12 December 2015 Original: English Conference of the Parties Twenty-first session Paris, 30 November to 11 December 2015 Agenda item 4(b) Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17) Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties ADOPTION […]

COP21 Breaking News_12 December: Another sleepless night for the negotiators before Indaba meeting

The Paris Committee met on Thursday, 10 December at 9 p.m. to receive the new version of the text, which was the result of a sleepless night and a day of intense negotiations. This new text (read the draft agreement) was slightly shorter than the previous version, reduced from 29 pages to 27, with some complex points still […]

A Sting Exclusive: “Climate change-the biggest global health threat of the 21st century, yet overlooked in climate negotiations?” IFMSA wonders from COP21 in Paris

This article was exclusively co-authored for the Sting by Line Damsgaard, Denmark and Benedetta Rossi, Italy, medical students present at the olympics of climate justice – the 21st Conference of the Parties, COP21. Leading medical journal, The Lancet, has named climate change the “biggest global health threat of the 21st century”. All the while this cross cutting […]

COP21 Breaking News_10 December: the final sprint of the Final Agreement Negotiations

The latest meeting of the Paris Committee at 8 p.m. on Wednesday 9 December was eagerly awaited, with the “La Seine” plenary room filling up quickly. The 196 Parties had to say if they would agree to work on the new text set out a few hours earlier by COP21 President Laurent Fabius. This was […]

COP21 Breaking News_10 December:#ParisAgreement: Points that remain in suspense

Objectives and level of ambition of the agreement, financial support for countries of the South, and burden sharing between developed and developing countries are all difficult issues that remain to be decided on by Friday, the end of the Climate Conference, which should produce a universal pact to combat climate change. – An “ambitious” agreement? […]

COP21 Breaking News_10 December: UN Climate Chief Calls for Final Push to Meet Adaptation Fund Goal Very Close to Target

Paris, 10 December 2015 – UN climate chief Christiana Figueres today called for a final push to meet the funding goals for the Adaptation Fund, which assists vulnerable communities in developing countries adapt to climate change. The Adaptation Fund has received new pledges for 2015 amounting to almost $75 million, including from Germany, Sweden, Italy, […]

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: The Draft Agreement Updated

DRAFT PARIS OUTCOME A. DRAFT AGREEMENT DRAFT TEXT on COP 21 agenda item 4 (b) Durban Platform for Enhanced Action (decision 1/CP.17) Adoption of a protocol, another legal instrument, or an agreed outcome with legal force under the Convention applicable to all Parties Version 1 of 9 December 2015 at 15:00 [The Parties to this […]

COP21 Breaking News_09 December: List of Recent Climate Funding Announcements

A number of climate funding announcements by developed country governments, multilateral development banks and multilateral climate funds have been made in the run-up to and at the COP 21 UN climate change conference. The secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has compiled the list below from public sources and produced an interactive […]

COP21 Business update: Companies urge now for carbon pricing as coal is still a big issue

As the Paris COP21 is rapidly getting close to its conclusion, one thing is becoming clearer than ever: the role that businesses will play. The role of  the global finance world has in order to get to a substantial change, is crucial. Basically, it is unlikely that an effective agreement will be possible without a meaningful […]

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Global Business Community Comes to Paris with Solutions for Taking On the Climate Challenge Across the Board

Paris, 8 December 2015. Nearly 400 business leaders gathered at the Lima-Paris Action Agenda Focus on Business in Paris today, calling for a strong Paris climate change agreement to help them implement the unprecedented set of cross-cutting corporate actions on climate which they are taking in key areas such as carbon pricing, finance, responsible policy engagement […]

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

Cities, regions, national states, public and private investors and international organizations are together accelerating the transformation at local and regional scale Subnational authorities are largest group on NAZCA climate commitments platform with over 2200 entries Paris, 8 December 2015. Cities and regions from five continents representing almost one-fifth of the world’s population came together today […]

COP21 Breaking News_08 December: Cities & Regions Launch Major Five-Year Vision to Take Action on Climate Change

Cities, regions, national states, public and private investors and international organizations are together accelerating the transformation at local and regional scale Subnational authorities are largest group on NAZCA climate commitments platform with over 2200 entries Paris, 8 December 2015. Cities and regions from five continents representing almost one-fifth of the world’s population came together today […]

COP21 Breaking News_07 December: “The world is expecting more from you than half-measures”, UN Secretary General Bank Ki-moon cries out from Paris

“The clock is ticking towards climate catastrophe,” warned the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, at the opening of the High-Level Segment on Monday, 7 December. “The world is expecting more from you than half-measures,” he told the delegates in the plenary room “La Seine”, calling on the countries to agree to their commitments being reviewed every […]

COP21 Breaking News_07 December: “Remove Roadblocks to Climate Action”

Paris, 7 December 2015- The High-Level, ministerial segment of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris kicked off today with calls to action to conclude an effective climate change agreement at the end of the week and a sense of confidence that this can be done. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded Ministers of the direction […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: UN Secretary-General Announces “Climate Action 2016” Partnership

On Action Day at the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Paris, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced that a broad group of organizations would partner in 2016 to maintain momentum for multi-stakeholder climate implementation. The Secretary-General said: “I am heartened by the significant and growing coalitions […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Ban Ki-Moon Closing Address at COP21 Action Day Innovation, Imagination, Faster Climate Action

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave the following address at the close of COP21 Action Day in Paris: “I thank President Hollande for convening this gathering, and for France’s engagement as one of the co-leaders of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, along with Peru, the United Nations and the UNFCCC. I have been looking forward to Action […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Carbon Price Needed for Climate Change Success

Putting a price on carbon is essential for success in the international response to climate change, said participants in a COP21 side event. Without a price, recognizing and charging for the damaging effects of emitting greenhouse gases, efforts to address climate change will be inefficient and likely too slow to avoid its worst effects. Pricing […]

COP21 Breaking News_05 December: Children Will Bear the Brunt of Climate Change: UNICEF

More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence, 160 million live in high drought severity areas. New York/Geneva, 24 November 2015 – More than half a billion children live in areas with extremely high flood occurrence and 160 million in high drought severity zones, leaving them highly exposed to the […]

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Commitments Made to Reduce Black Carbon, Methane and HFCs

Cutting Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Critical to Success of Global Climate Response Paris, 4 December 2015 – Governments and industry leaders in the Climate and Clean Air Coalition today committed to further essential advances in reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) that have a global warming potential many times that of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide. At the […]

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Building a Sustainable Future – speech by UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ibrahim Thiaw at the LPAA Thematic Event on Buildings

“Today is about coming together to agree a better future for the building sector and credible action for climate change. But tomorrow and the years ahead must be about coming together to deliver them in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, the Minister has well established the building […]

COP21 Breaking News_04 December: Launch of CREWS, climate risk & early warning systems

In poor and vulnerable countries, weather data is often unreliable or totally lacking. CREWS is an initiative which aims to significantly increase the capacity for seamless Multi-Hazard Early Warning System (MHEWS), to generate and communicate effective impact-based early warnings, and risk information for hazardous hydro-meteorological and climate events. Its purpose is to protect lives, livelihoods, […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Europe’s children urge leaders to commit to climate action at UN Climate Summit in Paris

Efforts of 186,830 children presented to UN Climate Secretariat head Christiana Figueres on Young and Future Generations Day  Frankfurt/Paris, 3 December 2015. This morning, Climate Alliance presented the climate protection efforts of almost 200,000 children spread over 13 countries to UN Climate Secretariat Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres and Ahmad Alhendawi, UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth. […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Transport Industry Drive for Improved Energy Efficiency and Electro-Mobility to Stem High Growth of Emissions

10 major transport climate action initiatives and a collective call to action on electro-mobility presented at Paris Climate Conference Paris, 3 December 2015 – Recognizing that transportation has the highest growth of CO2 emissions of any industrial sector, transport representatives present 10 initiatives at COP21 in Paris today that will reduce emissions and build more […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Unprecedented Global Alliance for Buildings and Construction to Combat Climate Change

Ministers from Cameroon, Finland, France, Morocco, Senegal and Sweden, international organizations, multinational CEOs and civil society leaders launch the alliance to speed up and scale-up the potential of the sector for climate action. Paris, 3 December 2015 – 18 countries (Austria, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Senegal, Singapore, Sweden, Tunisia, […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: UNFCCC Secretariat Launches Forest Information Hub

A new forest information hub is being launched by the UNFCCC secretariat today. Called the Lima REDD+ Information Hub, the platform contains a clear overview of verified actions that have been implemented voluntarily by developing countries to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation. Brazil is the first country to have an entry in the hub. […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: Argentina Accepts KP Amendment

The Argentine Republic submitted its instrument of acceptance of the Doha amendment to the Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change on 1 December 2015. The amendment is expected to enter into force after three quarters of the Parties to the Protocol submit their instruments of acceptance to the Depositary. The United Nations […]

COP21 Breaking News_03 December: There is a new draft agreement on the negotiating table

The delegates of 195 countries responsible for negotiating a climate agreement in Paris now have, since Thursday morning, a new draft text that is a few pages shorter but still contains some 250 options. The text, which is now 50 pages long instead of 55, was posted on Thursday morning on the website of the […]

COP21 Breaking News: China has promised to cut emissions from its coal power plants by 60% by 2020

China will modernize its coal power plants by 2020 so as to cut their pollutant emissions by 60%, the Chinese government announced on Wednesday during the world Paris Climate Conference (COP21). This initiative would help save some 100 million tonnes of raw coal and prevent the discharge of about 180 million tonnes of CO2each year, […]