Climate politics

Japan’s woeful climate plan amounts to science denial

Japan reiterates past pledges for 2030 rather than mapping out a radical overhaul needed by the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter

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Postponing major environmental summits is the right thing to do

China and the UK must ensure all nations are involved in planning the delayed summits to protect biodiversity and to raise climate action

Governments still due to submit tougher climate plans in 2020, despite Cop26 delay

The postponement of a critical climate summit to 2021 does not lessen pressure on governments around the world to submit tougher climate plans to the UN this year

Cop26 climate talks postponed to 2021 amid coronavirus pandemic

Postponement will help clarify US climate policy – Trump is pulling out of the Paris Agreement but Biden or Sanders would rejoin if elected in November

Coronavirus: investors and policymakers must shift to increase resilience

Incentives for long-term sustainability, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, more telework are all needed to make the global economy resilient to shocks like Covid-19

Zoom climate diplomacy: ‘Technology doesn’t help build trust’

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed climate diplomacy online, greening much of UN Climate Change’s operations but virtual meeting bring their own challenges

Japan sticks to 2030 climate goals, accused of a ‘disappointing’ lack of ambition

Japan has reaffirmed its 2015 goal to cuts emissions by 26% by 2030 despite UN plea for far tougher action this year to tackle the climate crisis

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UK government appoints Alok Sharma as Cop26 president

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed the former secretary of state for international development to lead the critical UN climate talks in November

Don’t shop till you drop: advice to UK citizens on net zero climate goals

UK holds ‘citizens’ assembly’ to seek ideas for cutting emissions to net-0 by 2050. But some participants doubt the government will listen

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UK walks diplomatic tightrope for 2020 climate summit after shaky start

Boris Johnson officially launched Cop26 on Tuesday but gave little indication as to how the government is going to leverage the world into taking bolder climate action

UK leaders debate climate, with Boris Johnson replaced by ice sculpture

Leaders of most major parties presented their ideas for meeting tough climate goals, but the Conservative prime minister declined

Brexit must not distract from UK’s biggest job in 2020: the Glasgow climate summit

Next year’s climate talks are absolutely vital and as hosts the UK could determine whether the talks fail or succeed. The government must start preparing now

London bids to host 2020 UN climate talks to show UK remains ‘open’

Mayor Sadiq Khan writes to UK prime minster urging every effort to win the presidency of Cop26 in the face of a competing bid from Italy

UK and Italy bid for 2020 climate talks, amid political uncertainty for both

Both countries face potential general elections and economic problems before the crucial Cop26 meeting and the UK may still be in a Brexit imbroglio

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Malawi’s farmers grow crops with ‘magic liquid’ fertiliser

‘Bionitrate’ made from urine is starting to help yields for farmers in Malawi who face high costs fertilising maize and other crops amid shifting weather patterns

Coronavirus: in Hawaii’s air, scientists seek signs of economic shock on CO2 levels

Ralph Keeling estimates that global fossil fuel use would have to decline by 10% for a full year to clearly impact CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere

Russia’s plans to tighten 2030 climate goal criticised as ‘baby steps’

Russia’s revised draft plan would allow greenhouse emissions to rise to 2030, defying UN calls for sharp cuts in the coming decade

From summits to stimulus: Nature-based solutions can help

Nature-based solutions deserve much deeper consideration as governments decide how to design their economic responses to the coronavirus

Electric cars help limit climate change despite blackspots in India, Poland

Study shows it makes sense to drive an electric car in most of the world including in China and the US rather than stick to petrol, diesel engines

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Will governments pass the first test of the Paris climate agreement in 2020?

Governments are expected to submit long-term climate plans as well as shorter-term 2030 goals. A guide to the ambiguous legal documents seeking more action in 2020

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Coronavirus slows developing nations’ plans to step up climate action in 2020

‘We are entering into unknown territory’ – coronavirus delays developing nations’ ability to design new climate plans before Cop26 summit in November in Glasgow

Coronavirus delays global efforts for climate and biodiversity action

UN Climate Change said it won’t hold any physical meetings until the end of April amid efforts to contain Covid-19

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Moldova submits tougher plan to UN to cut emissions 70% by 2030

The small eastern European country is the fourth to submit enhanced 2030 plans to UN Climate Change

Legal gaps and US election could delay climate ambition before Glasgow summit

UN says some countries will only submit climate action plans in the last quarter of 2020, giving less time than hoped to take stock before Cop26

Australia’s carbon accounting plan for Paris goals criticised as ‘legally baseless’

Legal experts wrote to Prime Minister Scott Morrison warning the use of old carbon credits to meet the country’s 2030 goals would set a ‘dangerous precedent’

EU plans for 2030 climate target can shape Cop26 momentum, ministers warn

Brussels is due to unveil its EU climate law on Wednesday, amid concerns the timetable for action doesn’t align with this year’s global ambition push

Which countries have not ratified the Paris climate agreement?

More than four years after the Paris Agreement was adopted, eight of 197 signatories have not formally backed the deal. Kyrgyzstan and Lebanon ratified in February 2020

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