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Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

Move to have airlines postpone their climate obligations deflated the little ambition of the aviation’s sector climate plan, which was already “far below what is needed to avoid climate catastrophe”

A handful of countries on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to change the rules to reduce the sector’s carbon costs. There are serious climate implications. Chloé Farand explains in an article on the Climate Change News website.   Airlines’ climate obligations postponed as UN body endorses industry proposal Airlines have wriggled … Continue reading

A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

A carbon reduction incentive could neutralise the current opposition to carbon taxes while reducing carbon-intensive activities in a much more targeted and fair way

The accomplishments of carbon taxes over the last decade have been underwhelming. What if, instead of making fuel and other commodities and services more expensive, we used a financial incentive to make technologies that help reduce emissions – such as solar, wind and geothermal energy – more affordable? Sumedha Basu, PhD Candidate in Sustainability at … Continue reading

As the world confronts a changing climate, India is a crucial unknown, and its decisions could either doom efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions — or jump-start them

As the world confronts a changing climate, India is a crucial unknown, and its decisions could either doom efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions — or jump-start them

Joanna Slater writes on the Washington Post website about the crucial role India plays in our global low-carbon future. What do you think?   Can India chart a low-carbon future? The world might depend on it. Dusk was falling as Sadanand Jha drove his electric three-wheeler through the streets of this north Indian city, passing … Continue reading

French citizens of the citizens’ convention for the climate propose a new model to “profoundly change society” in order to respond to the climate crisis

French citizens of the citizens’ convention for the climate propose a new model to “profoundly change society” in order to respond to the climate crisis

150 volunteers participated in the Citizens’ Convention on the Climate in France. They must now debate and vote on each of their proposals, which include amending the Constitution and the allowing use of referendums, as well as deciding on how to fund their measures. Audrey Garric and Rémi Barroux explain latest developments in an article … Continue reading

“This crisis offers us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy in order to withstand the next shock coming our way: climate breakdown”

“This crisis offers us a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to rebuild our economy in order to withstand the next shock coming our way: climate breakdown”

As current and former central bankers, Andrew Bailey, Mark Carney, François Villeroy de Galhau, Frank Elderson believe the pandemic offers a unique chance to green the global economy. They provided this opinion piece on The Guardian website.   The world must seize this opportunity to meet the climate challenge We are currently in the midst … Continue reading

Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Japanese government urged to reconsider its ”disappointing” proposals to cut GHG emissions and adopt a more “ambitious” stance

Samuel Lovett writes on The Independent website about the lack of ambition in Japan’s latest targets that remain unchanged from first commitments made five years ago under Paris Agreement.   Japan’s latest climate change plans criticised as ‘feeble’ and ‘shameful’ Japan’s new proposals for fighting climate change have been described as “feeble” and “shameful”, after … Continue reading

New EEA briefing on need for EU member states to accelerate actions to reach GHG effort sharing targets

New EEA briefing on need for EU member states to accelerate actions to reach GHG effort sharing targets

Emission cuts in the European Union’s (EU) Effort Sharing sectors need to accelerate considerably from 2018 onwards to achieve the current EU 2030 targets, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing, published this week. In particular, the large amount of emission reductions from planned measures in the transport sector need to materialise through concrete … Continue reading