The melting of the ice caps affects everyone — particularly Southeast Asia — and the world must strive to meet its Paris Agreement targets to avoid dramatic sea level rises from 2050, say polar explorer Robert Swan and scientist Adam Switzer.
Developments in wind and solar power, electric vehicles and energy efficiency in production have been extraordinary but more is needed from corporates and investors in the next decade, says Michael Liebreich, keynote speaker at the recent Macao International Environmental Co-operation Forum & Exhibition.
The country’s major banks have rolled out new policies limiting coal project financing, but a new report shows that Japanese financial institutions are still driving coal development domestically and internationally.
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What does Brazil's new president mean for the Amazon? Paulo Artaxo from the University of Sao Paulo's examines the damage right-wing Jair Bolsonaro could do to one of the world's most important ecosystems, and what that would mean for the rest of us.
and Jørgen Randers, and Per Espen Stoknes –
There is only one way to deliver improvements to human well-being in an environmentally sustainable way and avoid the worst effects of Hothouse Earth: “transformational change".
The IPCC's latest report is a frightening glimpse into a world that's 1.5 degrees Celsius warmer. But it's not time to give up, and Costa Rica is an example of how quickly we can turn the situation around if there is political willpower.
Scientists have calculated the amount of carbon dioxide the world can emit while limiting warming to the internationally agreed upon goals of 1.5°C-2°C. This amount is our “carbon budget.” We're on track to exceed it in little more than a decade.
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Patricia Espinosa is tasked to steer the international climate negotiations through the finer details of the Paris Agreement. What happens if the US renegades on its current commitment? Is Brexit a threat? Her answers on this video.
Together it stands, divided it falls. EU, through its environment ministers, had agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement through a process that would enable individual countries to send their instruments of ratification directly to the UN.
With 31 more countries submitting their instruments of ratification for the Paris climate pact last week, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says he is confident the Paris Agreement will have entered into force before his term concludes.
Dutch manufacturing company AkzoNobel and sustainability media firm Eco-Business held the inaugural Cities:Possibilities forum on 8 November 2016. Read this outcome report for highlights from this insightful dialogue.