Faster, Greener, Fairer: What needs to happen next to transform our energy system
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4M ago
While governments at COP28 failed to commit to a full phase out of all fossil fuels, the historic commitment they reached to ‘transition away’ from them must signal the beginning of the end of the age of coal, oil, and gas - the main drivers of the climate crisis. The science is clear - to prevent the worst consequences of global warming, we must rapidly replace fossil fuels with cleaner and cheaper renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. It is unfortunate that the COP28 decision left the door open for dangerous distractions such as large-scale carbon capture utilization and storage ..read more
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Make-or-break meeting to decide on critical Loss and Damage Fund issues kicks off this week
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7M ago
The setting up of a Loss and Damage Fund at the UN climate talks in Sharm El-Sheikh last year was the standout success of an otherwise underwhelming CO27. But with just weeks until COP28 in Dubai, the prospect of the fund being operationalized this year is slipping away – preparatory discussions in October collapsed over disagreements on technical issues. The Fund was established to provide financial assistance to nations most negatively impacted by the climate crisis. Rapidly escalating climate-related disasters underscore the need for such a fund. In October alone, Cyclone Lola destroyed 10 ..read more
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WANTED: Climate Action (everywhere, by everyone, all at once)
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8M ago
The past few weeks have offered a window into our future. From record temperatures being broken day-by-day to horrendous floods, storms, heatwaves, and fires violently devastating lives, economies, and ecosystems. No one can avoid the reality now that the climate crisis is here. No region or country is untouched by its impacts. And this is just the start. This should have been the final wake-up call for earth, but our leaders are seemingly barely stirring. This week we saw leaders at the G20 summit in India fail to show the ambition needed to confront this crisis, with a final communiqué that ..read more
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Climate action right now: Everyone, everywhere, all at once
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11M ago
2023 is ringing alarm bells on climate action, as disaster after disaster, crisis after crisis unfolds, devastating people and nature. It is, says UN Secretary General António Guterres, ‘a clarion call to massively fast-track climate efforts by every country and every sector and on every timeframe’. Bringing climate and energy issues to the centre of the multilateral system has never been more challenging nor more urgent than now. This year we will see the political consolidation of the Paris Agreement. The Global Stocktake(GST) - a first assessment of how the world is doing in meeting its com ..read more
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Decision-time for global shipping industry grappling with its decarbonization plans
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11M ago
By Mark Lutes, WWF Senior Advisor on Global Climate Policy Next week, governments will gather at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London to agree on its revised greenhouse gas strategy for the global shipping sector. At the center of this strategy is the medium and long term emissions reduction targets for the shipping sector and measures to achieve them. The global maritime transport sector is responsible for around 3% of global greenhouse gas emissions that are causing climatic disruptions all over the world. Its Marine Environment Protection Committee will updat ..read more
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How a new conversation on finance could bring a sustainability breakthrough
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1y ago
Be in no doubt. A Herculean effort is required to arrest the accelerating crises of climate and nature. As evidence builds of a dangerously destabilised climate, and of our natural world everywhere under pressure, meeting this moment requires us to strain every sinew. Critical to this effort is international cooperation. But, within the international arena, the analogy is not of Hercules but of Sisyphus. At summit after summit, the world’s governments push the boulder up the mountainside, only for the weight of mistrust and mutual suspicion to prevent them from reaching the top. At the heart o ..read more
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Natural gas is a bridge to climate and nature disaster
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1y ago
As the IPCC indicated in its latest synthesis report, "There is a rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a liveable and sustainable future for all. The choices and actions implemented in this decade will have impacts now and for thousands of years." To have any chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of the climate crisis for people and nature, it’s widely accepted that there must be no further oil exploration. So why is gas still being promoted as a so-called ‘transition fuel’? This is likely in no small part due to the fact that fossil f ..read more
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Energy efficiency: The great acceleration is finally underway
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1y ago
We’re living through what the International Energy Agency dubbed “the world’s first global energy crisis”, with gas and coal prices rising to record levels in 2022. Energy efficiency was a clear win-win solution - and one that governments, companies, and NGOs, including WWF, highlighted repeatedly as the headlines raged. It’s clear that, with 75% of global carbon emissions coming from energy, we can only tackle the climate crisis by ending our dependence on fossil fuels, switching to clean energy and simultaneously reducing our overall demand.So a year into the energy crisis, it is pertinent t ..read more
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Fossil fuels and the state of the energy crisis
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1y ago
The energy crisis has spread across the globe, with prices multiplying as quickly as the concerns about having enough energy to keep homes, businesses and entire countries running. The linked cost of living crisis has driven 71 million people in developing countries into poverty, with some 100 million people potentially pushed back into relying on firewood for cooking instead of cleaner, healthier energy solutions. And all along, the climate crisis has raged. The past year has presented catastrophic examples of the worsening global climate and nature crises. Climate change has led to record dr ..read more
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COP27: ‘Notes of concern’ from Sharm El-Sheikh
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1y ago
As a politician, a climate negotiator and an environmentalist, I believe it is important to remain optimistic, to build on the positives and to encourage rather than complain. Coming home from COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, I find myself sorely tested. The talks were a grave disappointment. Despite progress – on loss and damage, and on the role of nature in the climate process – the negotiations were poorly organised, delivered little and even, in the crucial issue of the energy transition, took the process backwards. On behalf of the vulnerable people who will suffer from our collective failure in ..read more
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