UN court: Countries must go beyond Paris Agreement to protect oceans
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by Matteo Civillini
2d ago
Countries need to go beyond their commitments under the Paris Agreement to protect the oceans from the impact of greenhouse gas emissions, a United Nations tribunal on maritime law said on Tuesday. A coalition of small island nations behind the case hailed the long-awaited legal opinion issued by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as a “historic” victory. The court found that greenhouse gas emissions absorbed by oceans can be considered pollutants and states must do whatever they can to reduce them. The opinion is not legally binding but supporters of the case hope it ca ..read more
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Africa must reap the benefits of its energy transition minerals 
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by Adam Anthony 
2d ago
Adam Anthony is executive director of the Tanzanian NGO HakiRasilimali, which works for transparency, accountability and human rights in the extractive sector. He is also chair of the Africa Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay (PWYP), the global movement for transparency in mining, oil and gas.  For too long, Africa has supplied the raw materials which drive development abroad, while Africans remain locked in endless cycles of poverty at home.   This has been happening even before Western European colonial powers carved up the African continent in the 19th century’s “scra ..read more
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Azerbaijan pursues clean energy to export more ‘god-given’ gas to Europe
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by Matteo Civillini
6d ago
An ocean of 570,000 solar panels stretches out as far as the eye can see across an arid landscape an hour’s drive from Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. In the sun-baked hills of Garadagh, a country built on oil and gas is taking its first steps towards what it bills as a “green” future.   This is Azerbaijan’s first large-scale solar power plant. It opened last October and the Emirati company developing it, Masdar, says it can power 110,000 homes. Climate Home visited the solar park as part of a media tour organised and sponsored by the Azerbaijan COP29 Presidency, which is arranging the UN ..read more
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Paris summit unlocks cash for clean cooking in Africa, side-stepping concerns over gas
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by Megan Rowling
1w ago
The challenge of providing around one billion Africans with cleaner and healthier ways of cooking got a major funding boost this week, as governments and companies put $2.2 billion on the table at a summit in Paris to help solve the long-neglected problem. But the money pledged still falls short of the $4 billion a year needed for the rest of this decade to wean poor African households off traditional dirty fuels including charcoal, kerosene and firewood, while climate campaigners criticised efforts to switch them to fossil gas. Countries such as Brazil, Indonesia and India have made progress ..read more
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Days after climate talks, US slaps tariffs on Chinese EVs and solar panels
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by Joe Lo
1w ago
Five days after seemingly cordial US-China climate talks, US President Joe Biden has announced he will increase US tariffs on Chinese solar panels, electric vehicles (EVs) and batteries to run them. Last Wednesday and Thursday, China’s new top climate diplomat Liu Zhenmin travelled to Washington DC for two days of talks with his US counterpart John Podesta, also fresh in the job. They discussed co-operation on climate issues, including plans for both sides to ramp up renewables, and vowed to “intensify technical and policy exchanges”. But the day after, with Liu still in the country, the US St ..read more
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In Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijan’s net zero vision clashes with legacy of war
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by Matteo Civillini
1w ago
Neat rows of new houses with solar panels on their turquoise roofs radiate out from the quiet central square of Aghali, a government-branded “smart village” in south-western Azerbaijan. A path lined with yellow bushes leads to the river, where a state-of-the-art hydropower plant produces clean electricity for residents. Aghali is a pioneering example of Azerbaijan’s plan for “green” reconstruction of the territories it captured after a long, bloody conflict with Armenia, centred on the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh mountainous enclave. Hundreds of Azeris displaced from the region in the early 1990 ..read more
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World Bank tiptoes into fiery debate over meat emissions
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by Joe Lo
1w ago
The World Bank has called for governments in wealthy countries to shift subsidies from high-emitting to low-emitting foods in a landmark new report, but stopped short of criticising meat or telling people what to eat. While scientists have long recognised that vegan and vegetarian diets are far better for the climate than typical Western meat-eating ones, governments and international bodies have often shied away from explicit calls for the public to consume fewer animal products. Experts told Climate Home that diets are an emotive issue. Western politicians and lobbyists opposed to climate ac ..read more
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UN agrees carbon market safeguards to tackle green land grabs
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by Joe Lo
1w ago
The new global carbon market being set up under the Paris Agreement will have a system to prevent carbon credit developers from grabbing land or water from local people, polluting their air and other abuses. At a meeting in the German city of Bonn last week, government negotiators and experts from around the world approved an appeals and grievance procedure for the UN’s proposed Article 6.4 carbon crediting mechanism. Maria AlJishi, chair of the body in charge of establishing the market, said in a statement that by introducing the procedure, “we’re establishing new avenues to empower vulnerabl ..read more
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Road row in protected forest exposes Kenya’s climate conundrum 
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by Joseph Maina
2w ago
Kenyan environmentalists have overtaken the government again in a fifteen-year legal battle to stop the expansion of a road inside the Aberdare Forest, where wider tensions between economic development and protection for nature and the climate are playing out.   Conservationists have challenged the road construction project in the East African nation’s courts since 2009, arguing it threatens the region’s rich ecosystem and wildlife. But in January, President William Ruto declared his government would proceed with the works, a decision critics said undermined his climate-friendly imag ..read more
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Seismic shifts are underway to find finance for loss and damage
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by Avinash Persaud
2w ago
Avinash Persaud is Special Advisor to the President of the Inter-American Development Bank on Climate Change. Previously he was a member of the negotiation committee to establish the Loss and Damage Fund and an architect of the original ‘Bridgetown Initiative’ on reform of the international financial architecture.   After three decades of negotiations to establish the fund for climate loss and damage, its inaugural board meeting just concluded in Abu Dhabi. The establishment of this fund is a monumental milestone. We are still some way off, but equally historic are seismic shifts underway ..read more
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