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Untapped potential for climate action: Renewable energy in Nationally Determined Contributions

Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are a cornerstone of the Paris Agreement on climate change. They set out the actions that countries plan to undertake to achieve the agreement’s objectives, focused on limiting the rise in average global temperatures to well below 2°C, ideally to 1.5 °C. Renewable energy – increasingly recognised

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China and France Reaffirm Commitment to Joint Climate Action

UN Climate Change News, 11 January 2018 - China and France have reaffirmed their commitment to deepen and broaden their cooperation on environmental protection and climate change. At the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Emmanuel Macron visited China this week and discussed a number of issues with the Chinese

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Paris 1.5C Goal Crucial to Protecting Communities from Rising Seas

A study by scientists from Tufts University, Rutgers University, and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research in Germany projects that aiming for the lower global average temperature increase under the Paris Climate Change Agreement could save coastal communities and ecosystems from the most dire consequences of global sea-level change.

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To finance the energy transition, EU leaders must restore their ambition

The investment case for low-carbon energy is strong: increased economic growth and jobs, reduced transition risks, and the most cost-effective pathway to realising the goals of the Paris Agreement. Why, then, are EU energy ministers so reluctant to provide the legislative framework required to shift the trillions? writes Stephanie Pfeifer. Stephanie

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Damage from Natural Disasters almost Doubled in 2017 Compared to 2016

According to German reinsurer Munich RE, natural disasters caused more damage in 2017 than in any the previous five years, with much of the damage caused by extreme weather events linked to climate change, above all severe hurricanes, flooding and fires. Last year, natural disasters caused USD 330 billion worth of damage,

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G7 Alliance for Resource Efficiency – Call for Advocacies

https://youtu.be/zCRKvDyyHmI   During the past 30 years our planet has been subject to an enormous amount of raw material consumption. In terms of where we stand today, 20 percent of the global population consumes 80 percent of the extracted minerals and metals. Natural resources, especially raw materials, are essential factors of production and

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Laurence Tubiana | A year of renewed climate commitments

For the growing share of the world’s population that understands the existential threat posed by climate change, the beginning of 2017 brought a sense of trepidation. In fact, collective angst was already apparent at the 2016 United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, which had just started when Donald

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Turning to renewables: Climate-safe energy solutions

The Paris Agreement has called for reducing carbon emissions worldwide. But to sufficiently limit the rise in global temperatures, energy use would have to be completely decarbonised in less than 50 years, even amid the expected tripling of the world’s economy by 2060. This means renewable energy – already growing

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Asia-Pacific Climate Week Calls for Scaling-up Climate Action

Bangkok, Thailand - Finance and sector ministers and high-level officials from more than 30 countries in Asia-Pacific joined private sector leaders to identify ways to scale up climate action and find innovative financing solutions for the transition to low-carbon, climate-resilient economies. The Asia-Pacific Climate Week (APCW 2017) culminated in a Regional Climate

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