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Asia-Pacific nations want concrete action at COP22

Delegates from Asia-Pacific nations attending the just-opened 22nd session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakesh plan to push for concrete action to implement the previous session’s Paris Agreement, which formally went into effect on 4 November. “This Conference of the Parties is going to…

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New approach to climate policy

With the activation of the Paris Agreement, the issue of loss and damage becomes a central tenet of international climate governance. The UN climate body is now committed to address the impacts of climate change that go beyond adaptation. These include everything from islands sinking in the Pacific Ocean to infrastructure damage during cyclones. This…

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As the Philippines pass the CVF baton to Ethiopia, Saleemul Huq explains how the group plans to work together to tackle common climate challenges

(Originally published at CLIMATE HOME) Let me congratulate the Philippines for having led the CVF through a critical period and for helping achieve its signature success, the inclusion of the 1.5C long term goal in the 2015 Paris climate agreement. At the same time, let me also congratulate Ethiopia for being elected the incoming Chair…

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 In the Final Hours of the Climate Talks, a 1.5 Degrees C Target Is Still on the Table—but Is That a Good Thing?

(Originally published here) In exchange for including the ambitious target in the final text, developing nations are being pressured to never again mention “loss and damage.”   Entering the closing 48 hours of the global climate negotiations, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday that “we will not leave the most vulnerable nations…