SNAPSHOT: A Bumpy Road to Paris Implementation as Countries Prepared for COP 24

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In the months leading up to this year’s United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, negotiators worked toward completion of the all-important rulebook for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement, and several individual countries announced faster, deeper targets for reducing their greenhouse gas emissions. But while the year saw progress, it still wasn’t nearly fast enough or ambitious enough to bring the worst effects of global climate change under control.

Stumbling Toward a Decision

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s landmark report on pathways to climate stabilization was one of the top climate stories of the year, with its dual emphasis on the cataclysmic hazards of exceeding the 1.5°C “guardrail” for average global warming and the pathways for avoiding those outcomes. Early leaks of the report indicated the atmosphere was on track to exceed the 1.5°C threshold by 2040.

Ahead of the report’s release in early October, there were fears the IPCC would pull its punches in laying out the 1.5°C challenge, and epic climate laggards like Saudi Arabia did their best to make that fear a reality during final negotiations in Incheon, South Korea. In the end, science prevailed, said Climate Action Network-Canada Executive Director Catherine Abreu, who anchored the 40-member civil society delegation that helped wrangle a positive outcome from the negotiations. The final document combined urgency with hope and stressed that every additional 0.1°C of global warming is a choice between life and death, as IPCC delegates called for drastic cuts in coal production to protect the 1.5°C target. Climate Home News was out quickly with the 37 things you need to know about the IPCC report.

Before and after the IPCC meeting, there was no shortage of urgent calls for action, with UN Secretary General António Guterres pleading for a faster response to avert runaway climate change, ex-U.S. climate envoy Todd Stern urging countries not to backslide on Paris implementation, and UN climate secretary Patricia Espinosa declaring that countries will finish the Paris rulebook this year, with or without the participation of a climate-denying Trump administration in Washington.

But getting there was easier said than done. Mid-year negotiations in Bonn, Germany opened with calls for faster action and tougher carbon reduction targets, but ultimately bogged down so badly that countries agreed to a supplementary negotiating session in Bangkok in September. While they were in Bonn, most rich countries didn’t even bother showing up for a crucial dialogue session on how to compensate the world’s most vulnerable nations and regions for the impacts of a global crisis they had virtually no role in bringing about.

The Bangkok talks opened with Espinosa, Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, former UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon, and key climate campaigners once again urging faster action on Paris implementation and climate finance, as the World Resources Institute (WRI) laid out three must-do challenges for climate negotiators to address. The meetings ended up stalemated on key issues, leaving WRI to issue yet another call for progress as delegates gathered for yet another pre-meeting in Krakow, Poland in late October.

Poland itself became a focal point for concern in the weeks and months leading up to COP 24, with the coal state’s far right government announcing ominous plans in late April to limit protests during the international conference and collect personal data on civil society delegates. The new security law received a harsh response from international human rights experts, but was still in effect as the conference dates approached.

Fossil Fuels or a Stable Climate: Pick One

Throughout the year, a steady stream of studies and reports pointed to the wide gap between countries’ response to the climate crisis and the greenhouse gas reductions required to hit the 2.0°C goal in the Paris Agreement, much less the 1.5°C threshold that gained clear recognition in 2018 as an essential target for climate stabilization.

In March, the International Energy Agency reported that global greenhouse gas emissions had increased 1.4% in 2017, after three years of stability. “The failure of emissions to rise between 2014 and 2016 had suggested to analysts that something may have finally changed in the global energy economy—a possible ‘decoupling’ of emissions growth from steady economic growth, thanks to the proliferation of renewables and increasing energy efficiency,” the Washington Post reported in late March. “Now, that hopeful assumption is being called into question,” and “the IEA’s findings will undoubtedly feed into an increasingly urgent international climate dialogue about how to strengthen countries’ promises under the Paris climate agreement.”

Subsequent IEA reports showed 34 out of 38 energy technologies and energy-intensive sectors falling short of the Paris targets, Oil Change International said the IEA’s own modelling projections were leading countries over a cliff, the UK’s Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research urged tougher national targets, Carbon Tracker said coal plant retirements must triple, Stockholm Environment Institute Senior Scientist Pete Erickson told The Narwhal that any new fossil infrastructure would imperil domestic and international climate goals, and Oil Change said the G20’s plans for new natural gas plants would undercut Paris. Multilateral banks were falling short of the Paris goals as fossil subsidy dollars continued to flow, and some big insurers continued to invest in coal and tar sands/oil sands projects, although others adopted tougher policies.

Countries and Investors Step Up

Amid the mounting urgency, there were signs of progress, both in theory and in practice. An in-depth analysis by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate pointed to a US$26-trillion opportunity in the post-carbon transition, in a use-it-or-lose-it moment that could deliver 65 million low-carbon jobs, prevent 700,000 premature deaths, and generate $2.8 trillion in government revenues by 2030.

Big institutional investors pushed for more decisive action on climate during the annual G7 meeting in Malbaie, Quebec, just a week after the meeting’s host, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, made the stunning decision to buy a tar sands/oil sands pipeline from Houston-based Kinder Morgan Inc. Renewable power generation posted record growth, and the International Renewable Energy Agency said renewables could hit the Paris targets with a six-fold increase that would also deliver massive cost savings. The world’s biggest petro-states faced pressure to diversify their economies and cut fossil subsidies, and one analyst proposed assigning each citizen of the world a 100-tonne lifetime limit on carbon emissions as a basis for a sustainable carbon budget.

Fifteen countries promised to strengthen their Paris commitments ahead of the 2020 target date for a new round of carbon reduction pledges. India looked likely to miss its 2025 target for installing a massive 175 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity, but was still achieving fast renewables growth and major cost reductions. China led the world in clean energy investment in 2017 and laid plans to boost its renewable energy target from 20 to 35% by 2030. Brazil’s new president had alarming plans to target the Amazon and the Indigenous communities that depend on it, eliminate his country’s environment ministry, and possibly withdraw from the Paris Agreement, after appointing a climate-denying anti-globalist with minimal diplomatic experience as foreign minister. Climate Home News reported that Amazon deforestation was already rising during the election campaign, in anticipation of Jair Bolsonaro’s win.

China Paints Complex Picture of Climate Leadership, Second Thoughts

The news from China in 2018 pointed to continuing contradictions in the policies of a newly emergent superpower that had committed to lead on global climate strategy, faces its own domestic imperatives to do so, but is also caught in the throes of a complicated transition off fossil fuels.

With Donald Trump’s arrival in the White House, China had said it was ready to assume the sole mantle of global climate leadership in response to the United States’ “political selfishness” and capture the massive economic and geopolitical benefits of doing so. But the limits on that position soon came into focus, and they persisted into 2018.

Early in the year, observers were still discussing and dissecting President Xi Jinping’s stirring call in October 2017 for an “ecological civilization” that ensures “harmony between human and nature.” Xi’s speech to the Communist Party congress in Beijing envisioned a “legal and policy framework” that “facilitates green, low-carbon, and circular development,” promotes afforestation and wetland conservation and restoration, and takes “tough steps to stop and punish all activities” that damage the environment. “What we are doing today,” Xi concluded, is “to build an ecological civilization that will benefit generations to come.”

But by November 2018, with the effects of Trump’s trade war setting in, Greenpeace East Asia climate advisor Li Shuo saw China’s interest in climate leadership taking a back seat to more traditional strategic concerns. In a post for The Diplomat, he said the country’s wider concerns about the U.S. agenda were “shifting Beijing’s perception of the West as well as its own position in the world. Barely a year has passed since President Xi Jinping proudly declared his vision for China to be a ‘participant, contributor, and leader’ in global environmental affairs. Now, confidence is waning. With its rapid rise directly confronted by the most powerful nation in the world, the mood in Beijing is bleak.”

At least three news reports in four months had China leading the world in clean energy investment, and the country announced in late March that it had hit its 2020 emissions reduction target two years early. Later in the year, China laid out plans to increase its 2030 renewable energy target from 20% to at least 35% of electricity production, after scaling back renewables subsidies and introducing policies to enable solar and wind to compete at “grid price parity.”

But an investigative report also revealed that China was quietly restarting construction on 46.7 gigawatts of new coal capacity it had mothballed two years before—even though a glut of electricity was turning some of its existing plants into money-losing ventures—as bluer skies over Beijing translated into hardship for industrial workers. An emerging deal to fund a coal plant in Kenya became an embodiment of the contradiction in China’s climate leadership. There was speculation that Canada’s trading relationship with China might have been one factor in the Trudeau government’s decision to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the prospect of an ice-free Arctic had China laying plans for a new polar silk road.

A mid-January report had the European Parliament falling short of its 2030 energy targets. But by May, the European Union was considering a net-zero emissions target for 2050, and in November the EU adopted an energy efficiency and renewable energy plan that was sufficient to overshoot its 2030 carbon goals. Ireland voted to divest from fossil fuels, and the UK’s renewable energy capacity exceeded that of its fossil fuel installations for the first time. Germany faced mounting pressure to phase out coal as a 2019 planning deadline approached, even as the country admitted it would miss its emissions reduction target for 2020. France announced a fossil production ban designed to keep five billion barrels of oil in the ground, and set a 2021 deadline for phasing out coal, while Finland unveiled a 2029 coal phaseout plan, with incentives for faster action. Iceland aimed for full carbon neutrality by 2040.

New Zealand’s new government banned all new oil and gas exploration, as backbenchers worked across party lines to craft a credible national climate policy. Australia’s continuing political strife over climate, fossil energy, and climate denial showed parallels with the United States and held possible portents for Canada. Massive job counts showed renewable energy and energy efficiency taking hold in every U.S. zip code, and California Governor Jerry Brown renewed his pledge to “launch our own damn satellite” if the U.S. government didn’t step up and show climate leadership. California, Colorado, and Mexico won leadership awards for reductions in climate-busting methane emissions. Nineteen cities with a combined population of 130 million committed to net-zero-carbon buildings by 2030.

Massive loopholes in international trade regimes were keeping 25% of global greenhouse gas emissions outside national climate plans. France’s foreign minister told the U.S. there would be no trade deal between the two countries if the Trump administration withdrew from the Paris Agreement, President Emmanuel Macron urged the EU to take the same position, Sierra Club senior attorney Steve Herz agreed, and Trump’s withdrawal threat put a possible border adjustment tax back on the table. Canada and the EU added climate provisions to their Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in what was interpreted as a visible snub of Trump.


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With a key International Maritime Organization (IMO) committee meeting in London this week to address pollution and greenhouse gas emissions on the high seas, environmental groups are warning that the UN agency is off-course in the effort to align the industry with a 1.5°C world.

Singh Discovers New Interest in Climate, Declares Against Oil and Gas Fracking in Wake of B.C. Byelection Loss

A week after the Green Party of Canada won a British Columbia byelection in a seat formerly held by the New Democrats, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is discovering new interest in the climate crisis, declaring himself against oil and gas fracking, and expressing concern about liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from B.C.

Alberta Carbon Tax Repeal Will Have ‘No Bearing’ on Trans Mountain Decision, Trudeau Says

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is on the verge of tabling a bill that will cancel his province’s carbon tax by the end of the month, a move that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says will have “no bearing” on whether the federal government re-approves the controversial Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

Atmospheric CO2 Hits 415.26 PPM, Highest Level Since Humans Evolved

Atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide were measured at 415.26 parts per million (ppm) on Saturday, believed to be the highest level since humans first evolved.

Hero or Villain? International Policy-Watchers Weigh Trudeau’s Climate Record

With many Canadians engaged in a pitched pre-election debate about whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a climate hero or villain (average of all answers: yes), The Tyee’s Geoff Dembicki says he got some surprising answers when he put the question to a collection of global climate experts.

‘Construction Behemoth’ Heidelberg Cement Matches Emission Targets with Paris Agreement

The world’s fourth-largest cement company pledged on Monday to bring its emission reduction targets in line with the goals of the Paris Agreement, in a first for the industry.

Bolsonaro Axes Head of Brazil Forum for Climate Change

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has fired the self-described “militant environmentalist” at the helm of his country’s Forum for Climate Change, after the group began organizing a dozen state governments to set up their own climate policy council, independent of the federal government.

UN Updates Key GHG Reporting Method

Biden Faces Criticism for Planning a ‘Middle Ground’ Climate Platform [Petition]

Former U.S. vice president Joe Biden, fresh from announcing his run for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, is taking criticism for reported plans to carve out a “middle ground” on climate change in his campaign platform designed to satisfy environmentalists and blue collar voters alike.

Ireland Declares Climate Emergency

Ireland has become the second country, after the United Kingdom, to declare a climate emergency, with Climate Action Minister Richard Bruton warning that “things will deteriorate very rapidly unless we move very swiftly, and the window of opportunity to do that is fast closing.”

Trove of Documents Shows Fossil Manipulation of UN Climate Process from 1989 to 2002

The fossil-backed Global Climate Coalition (GCC) obstructed the United Nations climate assessment process for decades, using “lobbyists and industry-funded scientists to manipulate international negotiations,” Climate Liability News and DeSmog UK revealed last month, based on a trove of hundreds of documents produced between 1989 and 2002.

September Climate Summit Prompts Goal-Setting on Climate Mitigation, Adaptation, Finance

United Nations agencies and various international coalitions are beginning to gear up for the Climate Action Summit that UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres is set to convene in New York City September 23, with the heads of 37 UN agencies issuing a joint appeal for an “ambitious” climate response and nine track coalitions unveiling their work plans to deliver on that call.

Forget Kenney: Climate Change is Already Canada’s National Unity Crisis, Columnist Concludes

With Alberta Premier Jason Kenney fulminating about western alienation as a national unity crisis—after working so hard to stoke that alienation on the campaign trail—Globe and Mail columnist Gary Mason says Kenney is too late. The unity crisis is already here, and its name is climate change, amped up by the extreme communications of the social media era.

Extinction Threat Calls for ‘Paris Moment for Nature’: McKenna

Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna is calling for a “Paris Agreement moment for nature” after an alarming UN commission report found nature declining “at rates unprecedented in human history”, with up to a million species at risk of extinction within decades.

Canadian Coalitions’ Election Platforms Call for Faster Action on Climate

With national elections in Canada just 5½ months away, three different coalitions are out with non-partisan campaign platforms aimed at propelling all the federal parties toward faster, more ambitious action on climate change.

Chile Declares ‘Time for Action’, Unveils Single Venue for COP 25

The next UN climate negotiations will be held at Cerrillos Bicentennial Park, Santiago, the Chilean presidency revealed last month.
In a launch event at La Moneda Palace, President Sebastián Piñera and Environment Minister Carolina Schmidt declared it “time for action” on climate change.

Permafrost Loss Could Produce $70 Trillion in Long-Term Costs, and Abrupt Thawing May Make It Worse

Just a week after researchers placed the cost of Arctic ice and permafrost melt as high as US$70 trillion, albeit over a span of nearly three centuries, a commentary in the journal Nature concludes that sudden permafrost collapse could double the warming from greenhouse gases released from northern tundra.

Spanish Socialists Coast to Election Win with ‘Sweeping’ Ecological Transition Program

Spaniards threw their weight behind a Green New Deal program Sunday, after re-electing the pro-climate Spanish Socialist Party (PSOE).

Cenovus Shareholders Reject Move to Align Emissions with Paris Targets

Shareholders at Cenovus Energy’s annual meeting in Calgary last week roundly defeated a shareholder resolution that would have required the Alberta tar sands/oil sands producer to align its greenhouse gas emission targets with the Paris Agreement.

Independent Data Confirms Warming Trend, as Models Suggest Worse May Be Ahead

A recent review of satellite data is confirming that the Earth is already warming, possibly somewhat faster in the highest latitudes than previously believed, while new modelling suggests a warming surge may be on the horizon.

McKibben Compares Climate Fight to Second World War, Sees Solutions ‘Well Within the Realm of the Possible’

Today’s climate crisis is akin to the challenges an earlier generation faced in the Second World War, and it’s “an honour and a privilege to be part of the battle,” co-founder Bill McKibben told an audience in Vancouver earlier this month.

Denmark to Introduce Climate Labels for Food

BREAKING: Emissions at Four Alberta Tar Sands/Oil Sands Mines 64% Higher Than Fossils Reported

Carbon pollution from four major tar sands/oil sands mines in northern Alberta is 64% higher than their owners reported using the United Nations’ standard emissions measurement framework, according to a study released this morning in the journal Nature Communications.

Veteran Climate Negotiator Arrested in London, Says Paris Implementation ‘Not Delivering’

After decades working inside the law, international climate lawyer and diplomat Farhana Yamin charged through a police line, dived under the arms of an officer and superglued her hands to the pavement outside the London headquarters of oil company Shell.

Declare Climate Change a ‘Festering Injustice’, IPCC Author Urges Teen Protesters

I was invited to speak to a group of teenagers on climate strike in Oxford recently. Like many scientists, I support the strikes, but also find them disturbing. Which I’m sure is the idea.

Canada Reports Greenhouse Gas Emissions Increase for 2017

Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions increased marginally in 2017, from 708 to 716 million tonnes, driven mostly by increased oil and gas production, according to the national inventory the country filed this week with the United Nations climate secretariat.

Climate-Vulnerable Countries Plan New Tools to Fund Green Development

With at least a billion people in developing countries facing serious risk as the climate warms, the 48 members of the Vulnerable Twenty Group of Ministers of Finance (V20) is introducing a new set of tools to free up more funds at less cost for green development.

Investment Houses See Climate Targets Undercutting Fossils, Warming Above 2.0°C Boosting Financial Risk

Continued fossil industry development came under increased pressure from investors over the last week, with a major fund manager concluding that climate targets could undercut global oil demand by the mid-2020s and one of the world’s biggest investment advisors warning of trouble ahead if global climate goals are missed.

Analysis: Alberta Misses Out on Grown-Up Conversation About Fossil Transition

With Albertans voting tomorrow in the province’s 30th general election, most of the punditry and virtually every opinion poll reinforce the popular wisdom that rage at a failing fossil economy has made Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party pretty much bulletproof and headed for a massive electoral win.

Bloomberg Columnist Echoes Calls for 1.5°C Scenarios from IEA

A Bloomberg News opinion columnist is turning to Google Maps as an analogy for an annual energy futures roadmap from the International Energy Agency (IEA) that has policy-makers presuming continuing high demand for fossil fuels, rather than giving serious consideration to off-fossil strategies that will help get climate change under control.

Today’s Children Will Have One-Eighth the Lifetime Carbon Budgets of Their Grandparents

Children born today will have to live their lives with carbon footprints one-eighth the size of their grandparents’, according to a new interactive tool published last week by Carbon Brief.

Chile to Push for Faster Carbon Cuts at 2019 UN Climate Conference

Trump-Appointed World Bank Chief Promises Continuity on Climate Goals

Analysis: If Kenney Takes Alberta, Trudeau Finally Gets to Make a Decision

With Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party (UCP) looking virtually certain to win the Alberta provincial election next week, news analysts are beginning to weigh in on the implications for Canadian pipeline politics and climate strategy.

$21 Billion in Fossil Investment ‘Completely Undermines’ World Bank Support for Paris Goals

The World Bank is contributing US$21 billion to finance fossil fuel projects, compared to only $7 billion for renewable energy, notwithstanding then-president Jim Yong Kim 2015 promise that the institution would “do its utmost” to support the goals of the Paris Agreement, German NGO Urgewald reports in a scathing study released yesterday in Washington.

Several U.S. Agencies Snub Trump Climate Panel

Renewables Make Decarbonization $15 Trillion Cheaper, Promise $160 Trillion in Savings by 2050

The plummeting cost of solar and wind farms, coupled with government policies driving faster electrification, has cut the cost of reaching global climate goals by US$15 trillion in the last year, concludes a report issued this week by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

Bank of America Announces $300 Billion for Low-Carbon Business, But Still Hasn’t Dropped Fossil Investments

Bank of America has announced plans to invest an additional US$300 billion in low-carbon and sustainable business activities by 2030, increasing its total funding to $445 billion since 2007.

Cooling to Avert Heat Stress Could Cost African Regions $487 Billion by 2076

It will cost three key regions of Africa as much as US$487 billion in energy use by 2076 to deal with increased heat stress if the world’s governments fail to live up to their commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to a new modelling study reported in the journal Climatic Change.

Indonesia Sees Path to Prosperity in ‘Mainstreaming’ Low-Carbon Development

Indonesia’s planning minister has said the country will choose a low-carbon development pathway after a government report found it could significantly boost the economy.
By 2045, the centenary of Indonesia’s independence, citizens could be as wealthy as those of the Netherlands or Germany today, the report found. But it will need to make careful choices across all sectors of the economy.

Chinese Cities Step Up to Do Their Part for Paris Goals

Canada Falls Short on Efforts to Cut Emissions, Phase Out Fossil Subsidies, Environment Commissioner Reports

Canada still isn’t on track to meet its greenhouse gas reduction targets or phase out fossil fuel subsidies, federal Environment Commissioner Julie Gelfand warned last week, in the last report she will issue before her five-year term expires.

Ryanair Nominated for ‘Mile High Emissions Club’ After Making EU’s Top-10 List of Climate Polluters

While touting itself as “Europe’s Greenest Airline”, budget carrier Ryanair has become the first company that doesn’t run a coal-fired power plant to break into the top-10 list of European climate polluters, prompting a headline writer at Grist to nominate the company for membership in the “mile high emissions club”.

Business, Investment Leaders Demand IEA Scenarios that Drive Toward 1.5°C

It’s high time for the International Energy Agency to develop future scenarios that show a reasonable prospect of keeping average global warming to 1.5°C, while taking a precautionary approach to so-called negative emission technologies, a group of more than 40 business leaders, investors, and energy specialists asserts in a letter released this week by Oil Change International.

Canada Warming at Twice the Global Average, Deep Emission Cuts and Adaptation ‘Imperative’, Ottawa Concludes

Climate change is warming Canada twice as fast as the global average, Northern Canada is heating up nearly three times as fast, and three of the last five years were the country’s warmest on record, Environment and Climate Change Canada revealed this week, in the first of a series of Canada’s Changing Climate Reports (CCCR) the department plans to roll out between 2019 and 2021.

Australia Yanks Support from UN’s Green Climate Fund as National Elections Loom

Australia will stop contributions to the United Nations’ major fund for battling climate change this year, according to government budget papers released on Tuesday.
With a federal election looming, the government followed up on Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s threat not to “tip money into that big climate fund”.

Extreme Weather Displaced Two Million, Affected 62 Million in 2018, WMO Reports

Extreme weather affected 62 million people in 2018 and displaced two million as of September that year, according to the latest in an annual series of State of the Climate reports released Thursday by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).

UBS Bans Project-Level Finance for New Coal Plants

Swiss banking giant UBS has adopted new lending guidelines that ban project-level finance for new coal-fired generating stations around the world.

‘Incremental’ Gains in Budget 2019 Fall Short of a Path to Climate Stabilization

Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s pre-election budget March 19 would have been “an historic milestone of massive proportions” had a government of any political stripe introduced it five, 10, or 20 years ago, but falls short of the climate challenges that every government today must confront, The Energy Mix publisher Mitchell Beer writes in a guest post for the Canadian Science Policy Centre.

Indonesia Could Quit Paris Agreement Over EU Palm Oil Ban

Indonesia is threatening to withdraw from the Paris Agreement if the European Union pursues plans to ban palm oil as a component of renewable fuels.

Environment Commissioner Sees Ontario Climate Policy in ‘Frightening’ State as Ford Closes Her Office

Climate policy in Ontario is in a “frightening” state, Environment Commissioner Dianne Saxe warned Wednesday, in the final report her office will issue before it is closed down by the provincial government of Doug Ford.

Russian Climate Legislation Has ’80-90% Chance’ of Passing Despite Pushback from Fossils, Oligarchs

Russia is considering climate legislation that could give the world’s fifth-largest emitter a framework for regulating carbon emissions for the first time.

CO2 Emissions Rise 1.7% in 2018 as Energy Demand Sets Record, Coal Consumption Grows

Global carbon dioxide emissions increased 1.7% in 2018, driven by record-high energy demand and still-increasing use of coal-fired power plants, the International Energy Agency reported yesterday.

BP Says It Has ‘Dramatically’ Cut Exploration, Will Leave Some Oil and Gas in the Ground

A senior official at colossal fossil BP says his company has “dramatically” reduced oil and gas exploration and might ultimately leave a sizeable share of its fossil resources in the ground, in a post originally published on Business Green.

Top Global Fossils Spent $1 Billion Since Paris to Lobby Against Climate Action: Report

The world’s five biggest publicly-traded fossil companies have spent more than US$1 billion in shareholders’ money to lobby against climate action in the years since the Paris Agreement was signed, even as they continue to tout their environmental credentials, according to a report released this week by UK-based InfluenceMap.

UK Needs a Greener New Deal

‘Alarming’ Report Shows $1.9 Trillion in New Fossil Investment Since Paris Accord

Leading global banks have invested nearly US$2 trillion in fossil projects since the Paris Agreement was signed, according to an annual report card released today by the Rainforest Action Network, BankTrack, Sierra Club, Oil Change International, the Indigenous Environmental Network, and Honor the Earth.

Observer Editorial: It’s Shameful of Adults to Force Children to Lead on Climate

It’s shameful that children should have to be the grown-ups in the room and lecture their parents and grandparents on the need to take the climate crisis seriously, The Observer acknowledges in a blistering editorial responding to last week’s #FridaysForFuture school strikes, published Sunday by The Guardian.

Veteran Climate Hawk Finds ‘Inspiration, Humility, Hope, Sadness’ in #FridaysForFuture

Last Friday, hundreds of thousands of students in the United States and around the world were out in the streets rather than in their classrooms, demanding that our political leaders address the climate crisis with the urgency and focused action that the science so clearly demands.

1.4 Million Students in 128 Countries Make March 15 #schoolstrike a Global Phenomenon

More than 1.4 million students in more than 300 cities across 128 countries and all seven continents skipped classes to demand climate action at an estimated 2,229 events in more than 40 languages on Friday, March 15, as The Guardian reported that 16-year-old Youth Strike for Climate founder Greta Thunberg had been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Doig: International Equity is the Key to Faster, Deeper Carbon Cuts

Hitting the Paris Agreement goal of keeping average global warming well below 1.5°C will depend on a “frank and open discussion on equity” that drives negotiators toward faster, deeper emission cuts and away from “conventional development paths,” argues Dr. Alison Doig, Head of Policy at Christian Aid, in a blog post published late last week.

Climate Hero Darcy Belanger, Canadian Youth Delegates Killed in Ethiopian Airlines Crash

It isn’t every day that someone sets out to build an international environmental treaty with their bare hands. That’s what Darcy Belanger, Director of Strategic Initiatives for, was trying to achieve when he boarded Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 to attend this week’s United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) in Nairobi, Kenya.

Forest Protection Would Save 6.2 Gigatons of Carbon by 2050

Forest protection places #38 on Drawdown’s list of climate solutions, with the potential to avoid 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and sequester an astonishing 896.29 gigatons.

UK Climate Goals Depend on ‘Completely Decarbonizing’ Gas Supply

UK Official Calls for ‘Grown-Up Conversation’ on Keeping Fossil Fuels in the Ground

A senior government official from the United Kingdom, one of Canada’s staunchest allies on international climate action, is calling for a grown-up conversation on the need to keep fossil fuel reserves in the ground.

Reforestation Could Offset 10 Years of Emissions, But Countries Are Behind on Forest, Land Use Promises

After years of severely underestimating the number of trees on Earth, scientists are now calculating that a massive, global reforestation effort could offset at least 10 years of greenhouse gas emissions produced by human activity.

Ban Ki-moon Urges UK to ‘Recalibrate’ Export Financing to Exclude Fossils

The United Kingdom must prove that it’s serious about phasing out fossil fuel use world-wide, not just on its own territory, by cutting off financing for fossil imports by developing countries, former United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon asserts in an opinion piece for The Guardian.

EU Chair Commits Billions to Climate Mitigation, Endorses Thunberg’s #SchoolStrike

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker promised an EU budget with billions of euros per year for climate change mitigation, in a speech he delivered in Brussels last week alongside Swedish school strike leader Greta Thunberg.

Canada’s Forests Emit More Carbon Than They Absorb, But Ottawa Spins a Different Story

A mid-February analysis on CBC gets at one of the most persistent myths in Canadian carbon accounting—that the country’s forests absorb more carbon than they emit, or in some erroneous versions of the story, soak up so much carbon dioxide that there’s no need to worry about the rest of the country’s emissions.

Mining Giant Glencore Announces Coal Extraction Cap…at 145 Million Tonnes Per Year

Multinational mining giant Glencore is bowing to investor pressure and putting a cap on the amount of coal it extracts—but will still produce about 145 million tonnes of the climate-busting fuel per year.

Climate Matters More than ‘Energy Dominance’ to Western U.S. Voters

B.C. Budgets $902 Million to Fully Fund CleanBC Climate Plan

The British Columbia government is getting strong positive reviews for a provincial budget that allocates $902 million over three years to fully fund its CleanBC climate program.

Shell Buys Energy Storage Start-Up But Faces Legal Jeopardy for Past Fossil Activities

Royal Dutch Shell moved last week to shore up its position in the transition off carbon by buying German energy storage start-up Sonnen GmbH, while simultaneously facing legal jeopardy for its past and present behaviour as one of the world’s biggest fossils.

18-Month Reprieve for Hambach Forest Won’t End Germany’s ‘Climate Policy Paralysis’

Exotic Carbon Capture Techniques Prop Up Fossil Interests, Aren’t Needed to Hit 1.5°C, New Study Asserts

The urgency and scope of the climate crisis are being needlessly exploited to drive fringe ideas like carbon dioxide removal (CDR) and solar radiation management (SRM) from the margins to the mainstream, according to a hard-hitting report issued last week by the Washington-based Center for International Environmental Law and Berlin’s Heinrich Böell Foundation.

Ontario Introduces Carbon Tax After Railing Against Carbon Taxes

The Doug Ford government in Ontario is introducing a carbon tax on large emitters that exceed a yet-to-be-established provincial standard, after launching a lawsuit against the federal floor price on carbon and deliberately gutting the province’s most affordable pathways to a sustainable economy.

11 EU States Have Hit Their 2020 Carbon Target

Chevron Tries to Avert Shareholder Showdown with Half-Hearted Paris Pledge

Colossal fossil Chevron Corporation may have headed off a shareholder showdown by committing to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to match up with the Paris Agreement. But that doesn’t mean it plans to cap its oil output or take responsibility for the emissions that result when customers use its products as directed.

Dozens of Democrats, One Republican Table Pro-Paris House Resolution

Atmospheric Methane Increases Could ‘Negate or Reverse Progress’ on CO2 Cuts

Increases in atmospheric methane between 2014 and 2017 could put the targets in the Paris Agreement out of reach, and point to the “urgent need to reduce methane emissions, especially from the fossil fuel industry,” according to a new research article published last week by the American Geophysical Union.

Equipment Manufacturer Urges Bold Energy Efficiency Action to Meet Paris Climate Goals

Energy efficiency is poised to meet the carbon reduction targets in the Paris Agreement, depends on readily-available technology, and constitutes a trillion-dollar opportunity, writes Kim Fausing, President and CEO of Danish energy systems manufacturer Danfoss, in a recent post for the World Economic Forum. All that’s needed is a change of mindset on the part of energy consumers—especially the big industrial ones—and smart governance.

Critics Scorch Ottawa City Budget for Climate Inaction

Green New Deal Envisions Net-Zero Emissions in 10 Years Through WWII-Scale Effort

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) released an outline of the Democrats’ Green New Deal yesterday, in the form of a 14-page Congressional resolution that would bring U.S. greenhouse gas emissions to net zero in 10 years by “dramatically expanding and upgrading renewable power sources”.

Average Warming Could Temporarily Exceed 1.5°C in Next Five Years

Four major meteorological agencies have now confirmed that 2018 was the fourth-warmest year on record, with the UK Met Office calculating a 10% chance that average global warming will temporarily exceed the critical 1.5°C threshold in at least one of the next five years.

Canada Falls Farther Behind Its Paris Emissions Target, with Fossils the Primary Driver

Carbon pollution from Canada’s fossil industry and some questionable assumptions about carbon credits are driving projected greenhouse gas emissions more than 100 million tonnes beyond the country’s 2030 target under the Paris Agreement, according to an analysis of the federal government’s latest emission calculations.

California Could Become a ‘Timely Laboratory’ for Cutting Fossil Fuel Production

California may be setting itself up as a “timely laboratory” to test supply-side reductions in fossil fuel production as a key tool for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions, three authors with the Stockholm Environment Institute suggest in a recent paper in the journal Nature Climate Change.

New Great Lakes Governors Make Climate a Priority

Irish High Court to Rule on Challenge to National Climate Plan

New Climate Policy Puts Barclays Bank on ‘Wrong Side of History’

Thunberg Addresses World Economic Forum: ‘Our House is On Fire’

16-year-old climate strike leader Greta Thunberg of Stockholm brought her message to 3,000 CEOs attending the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, after travelling 32 hours by train to get to the Swiss mountain resort.

100% Renewables, Land Restoration Can Meet 1.5°C Target Without ‘Unproven’ Geoengineering Techniques

A rapid shift to 100% renewable energy by 2050, combined with land restoration efforts to boost the resilience of natural ecosystems on every continent, would be enough to hold average global warming below 1.5°C without resorting to unproven and potentially dangerous “negative emissions” techniques, according to a two-year modelling effort conducted by 17 leading scientists and funded by the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation.

Include Climate Impacts in Trans Mountain Review, IPCC Authors Urge NEB

New fossil projects like the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will make it far tougher to meet the 1.5°C global warming target that is essential for averting the worst effects of climate change, a Canadian climate scientist told the National Energy Board this week.

Ghana Kicks Off Year of Climate Ambition

Massive U.S. Oil and Gas Expansion Imperils Global Climate Goals, Oil Change Warns

The United States is “gearing up to unleash the largest burst of new carbon emissions in the world between now and 2050,” with an oil and gas expansion equivalent to nearly 1,000 coal-fired power plants, according to an explosive new analysis released last week by Oil Change International and 17 other organizations.

Hmaidan Out, CAN International Apologizes as Harassment Investigation Concludes

Wael Hmaidan has been sacked as leader of an influential climate campaign network, after an investigation found he had bullied and harassed staff, particularly women.

64% Chance that Full Fossil Phaseout Would Keep Average Warming Below 1.5°C

Humanity would have a 64% chance of keeping average global warming under the crucial 1.5°C threshold if all fossil infrastructure were replaced with zero-carbon alternatives at the end of its operating life, according to a new study in the journal Nature Communications.

Veteran Negotiator Declares UN Climate Process a ‘Co-opted Charade’, Paralysed by ‘Groupthink’

United Nations climate negotiations are paralysed by “groupthink” and won’t deliver the speed and depth of carbon reductions that will hold off the worst effects of climate change, writes veteran COP participant Kit Vaughan, in a recent post on the Lush Cosmetics website that calls for stepped-up citizen action in lieu of an incremental, fossil-dominated UN process.

Chile Foresees More Wildfires Due to High Winds, Low Humidity, Plantation Forests

Chile’s government expects the area burned by wildfires to double this year, the country’s agriculture minister said last Tuesday morning, as flames continued to rage through the heart of the country amid a heat wave.

Scheer Walks Back Commitment to Canada’s Paris Agreement Target

Federal Opposition leader Andrew Scheer has shifted his position on implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, backing away from an earlier commitment to unveil an environment plan that includes steps to meet Canada’s targets under the global deal.

Ontario Climate Plan Undercuts Cities’ GHG Reduction Efforts, Fails on Green Jobs

The Ontario government’s new climate change plan undercuts cities’ ability to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions while failing to set the stage for a green jobs strategy for Canada’s biggest province and industrial heartland, according to separate posts last month by Julia Langer of The Atmospheric Fund and Liliana Camacho of Toronto-based Horizon Advisors.

Cameron: When Climate Leaders Are Childish, Children Must Be Leaders

In a world where climate leaders are childish, children like Sweden’s Greta Thunberg show up as leaders, acclaimed Canadian journalist and author Silver Donald Cameron argues in a post for The Green Interview.

Climate Change Threatens ‘Catastrophic’ Impacts for Scotland Wildlife

Policy Moves, Front-Line Action Could Make 2019 a ‘Breakthrough Year’ for Climate Solutions

After a bruising year of climate change news, including alarming reports of far worse in the future and an incomplete result at the United Nations climate conference in Katowice, Poland, 2019 is dawning as something improbable: A year of hope for effective climate action.

U.S. House Energy Committee Plans First Hearing on Climate Change

UK Credit Agency Faces Scrutiny Over Fossil Investments

French Climate Petition Approaches Two Million Signatures in One Week as Groups Plot Legal Action

A petition protesting France’s failure to honour its commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement has collected nearly two million signatures in one week, making it the country’s most popular sign-on ever—far exceeding the tally for the country’s well-publicized gilets jaunes (Yellow Vests) movement, at just over a million.

Investors Foresee Massive Financial Crash Without Rapid Response to Climate Change

The global economy is on track for a financial crash several times the scale of the 2008 financial crisis if governments don’t drastically scale back greenhouse gas emissions and phase out all coal burning, a group of 415 institutional investors with a collective US$32 trillion in assets warned last week, during the United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

Recognition of Loss and Damage Emerges as COP 24 Success Story

Recognition of the loss and damage vulnerable countries face due to the inevitable impacts of climate change is emerging as a major success story in the aftermath of this year’s United Nations climate change conference in Katowice, Poland.

Saudi Negotiator Lays Out Objections to IPCC’s 1.5°C Report

In the first week of this year’s United Nations climate change conference, Saudi Arabia was one of four petro-states that blocked delegates’ full acceptance of the IPCC report on 1.5°C pathways, chewing up scarce and valuable negotiating time along the way. In a subsequent interview with Carbon Brief Editor Leo Hickman, senior Saudi negotiator Ayman Shasly claimed that “we adore and we really like the Paris Agreement” and laid out his country’s reasoning for standing firm against full adoption of the report.

WoodMac Scenario Has Fossils at 77%, 2°C Out of Reach in 2040

The Hard Work Starts Now as COP Delivers Incomplete Rule Book, Low Ambition

After two weeks of marathon negotiations ended with a deeply equivocal, incremental response to the global climate crisis, COP 24 in Katowice, Poland ended where it began: with a wide spectrum of delegates and other climate specialists declaring that the hard work begins now.

High Ambition Coalition Drives Up Paris Commitments While Poland Earns Public Rebuke

The High Ambition Coalition that drove the Paris Agreement to a better conclusion put in a repeat performance, and the Polish Presidency responsible for driving the success of this year’s negotiations earned a strong public rebuke, as this year’s United Nations climate conference moved into its final hours in Katowice.

AS IT HAPPENED: Poland Wins COP 24 Colossal Fossil, Pacific Islands Named Biggest Ray of Hope

The Colossal Fossil at COP 24 was the conference host, Poland, with a brief swipe at the European Union for allowing one of the world’s most committed coal states to host a crucial, high-stakes negotiation. CAN-International also acknowledged Pacific Island states for their determined effort to push for faster action and higher ambition.

Gender Equality Puts Climate Objectives Alongside Development Goals

Tuesday, December 11 was Gender Day at COP 24, a chance to underscore what gender equality means for effective climate action, and to identify what more can be done to unleash the power of half the world’s population.

Falling Cost of Renewables, Batteries Allows Countries to Boost Their Paris Commitments

The falling cost of renewable electricity and lithium-ion batteries will make it “substantially cheaper” for countries to fulfill their carbon reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement, according to a discussion paper released last month by Umwelt Bundesamt, the German environment agency.

Rising Fossil Emissions, Continuing Subsidies Undercut Canada’s Climate Performance

Canada’s lavish support for the oil and gas industry is the “elephant in the room” that prevents it from being a true climate leader, Environmental Defence National Program Manager Dale Marshall said this week in Katowice, during the release of a report on Canadian fossil subsidies produced by Environmental Defence and

Health Benefits of Climate Action Make Mitigation ‘An Opportunity, Not a Cost’

Even though the targets in the Paris Agreement fall far short of what’s needed to limit average global warming to 1.5°C, they would still reduce air pollution enough to save about a million lives per year by 2050, according to new analysis by the World Health Organization (WHO) that positions climate change mitigation as an opportunity, not a cost.

Maersk Sets 2050 Deadline for Carbon-Neutral Operations

Denmark’s AP Moller Maersk, the world’s biggest marine shipping company, has set a 2050 deadline to make all its operations carbon-neutral.

COP Refuses to ‘Welcome’ 1.5°C Report as Major Negotiation Points Bog Down

As the first week of this year’s United Nations climate change conference (COP 24) drew to a close, debate ground down Saturday night on a decision that should have been easy—whether the world’s governments should actually “welcome” the landmark 1.5°C pathways report they commissioned from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2015. With petro-states Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Russia, and the United States obstructing the decision, delegates were left to simply “note” the report’s arrival after chewing up valuable negotiating time on a matter of semantics.

Finance Emerges (Again) as Sticking Point in COP 24 Negotiations

Financial aid for poor countries—and how it is counted, publicly reported, and locked in for the future—is one of the biggest sticking points in global climate change negotiations. Again.

Greta Thunberg Brings School Strike to COP 24, Inspires Action from Canada to Australia

The founder of Sweden’s Skolstrejk för klimatet (School Strike for the Climate), 15-year-old Greta Thunberg, is rapidly emerging as one of the most memorable faces and voices of this year’s United Nations climate conference, just months after launching a protest against her government’s lax response to the climate crisis.

Rising Oil Use, GHG Emissions Will Mean ‘Faster, More Furious’ Climate Change

A pair of new studies coinciding with the opening of this year’s UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland shows oil consumption increasing, greenhouse gas emission accelerating like a “speeding freight train”, and average global warming on track to exceed 1.5°C as early as 2030—10 years ahead of the 2040 turnover year recently projected by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Ontario Receives Failing Grades for Climate Plan, Misses Business Case for Environmental Commissioner’s Office

The Doug Ford government is receiving failing grades for the scantly-detailed climate plan released late last month by Environment Minister Rod Phillips, while a former senior official argues a strong business case for the Office of the Environmental Commissioner (OCE) after Team Ford decided to shut the office down.

BREAKING: Canada Commits to Faster, Deeper Carbon Cuts in 2020

Canada will adopt tougher greenhouse gas reduction targets when the Paris Agreement takes effect in 2020, Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna said yesterday, just days before her departure for this year’s United Nations climate change conference in Katowice.

Political Shifts in Katowice Could Prevent U.S. from Rejoining Paris Accord

UN climate talks this fortnight could determine whether a post-Trump U.S. president would rejoin the Paris Agreement, according to two former top Obama officials.

EU Sets 2050 Carbon Neutral Target, 10 Years Too Late for CAN-Europe

The European Union has set a 2050 deadline for carbon neutrality, 10 years later than the target adopted in early October by Climate Action Network-Europe in line with a 1.5°C limit on average global warming.

Reguly: Trudeau Wins ‘Hypocrisy Sweepstakes’ for Supporting Fossils After Signing Paris

Globe and Mail European Bureau Chief Eric Reguly is branding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a winner in the climate hypocrisy sweepstakes, in a blistering opinion piece that puts the PM’s climate advocacy side by side with his government’s full-scale support for bitumen pipelines and liquefied natural gas megaprojects.

Climate Emergency, Community Devastation ‘Redefine the Politics’ as COP 24 Begins

The annual United Nations climate change conference (COP 24) got under way yesterday in Katowice, Poland, amid urgent calls for action in response to a year of back-to-back climate emergencies and repeat warnings that the window of opportunity for pathways to 1.5°C average global warming is just a dozen years from closing.

G20 Affirms ‘Irreversible’ Paris Agreement, Isolates Trump on Paris Withdrawal

G20 leaders concluded their meeting in Buenos Aires, Argentina over the weekend with a decision on climate change that acknowledged the recent IPCC report on 1.5°C pathways, recognized the Paris Agreement as “irreversible”, and committed to its full implementation, effectively isolating Donald Trump in his determination to withdraw his country from the global deal.

Latest Urgent Climate Assessments ‘Largely Ignore’ Risk of Warming-Induced Feedbacks

Three recent studies pointing to the urgent need for climate action still underestimate the risk of “self-reinforcing feedbacks” that will begin rapidly warming the atmosphere before human efforts at decarbonization can have an impact, two senior Washington, DC policy advocates argue in a post for The Hill.

National Fossil Phaseouts Gain Traction While California ‘Evaluates and Explores’

A growing group of countries moving to phase out oil and gas production may be about to deliver the “next big step in climate policy,” Climate News Network reports, citing a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change that will be presented to delegates during this year’s United Nations climate change conference (COP 24) in Katowice, Poland.

Ontario Opts for Higher Carbon Emissions, Offers ‘Scant Details’ on New Climate Plan

The Doug Ford government set out a new carbon reduction target for Ontario that is 30 million tonnes less stringent than the one it replaces, with yesterday’s release of a climate plan that critics say is short on detail and only commits to an 8% emissions cut over the next 12 years—the time span still available for humanity to set plans in motion to limit average global warming to 1.5°C.

G20 Communiqué Ignores IPCC Report, Tones Down Support for Paris Implementation

A draft communiqué from the leaders of the G20 shows that resolve to stand up for the Paris climate agreement against critical voices, such as the United States, may be weakening.

Quebec May Miss GHG Reduction Target, Legault Warns

Wider Emissions Gap Shows ‘Countries Are Not Doing Enough’, UN Agency Reports

The gap between countries’ greenhouse gas reduction plans and their promises under the Paris Agreement is even wider than previously believed, according to a major report released by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) ahead of the annual UN climate conference opening next week in Katowice, Poland.

State Voters in Australia Deliver Landslide Victory for Renewables, Storage, Climate Action

In what’s being seen as a possible portent for national elections in February, the incumbent Labor government has swept to victory in the Australian state of Victoria, after campaigning on its support for renewable energy, battery storage, and climate action.

EXCLUSIVE: Federal Climate Panel to Seek Practical Steps to Meet, Possibly Exceed Canada’s 2030 Target

Proven, practical measures to reach or even push beyond Canada’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets will be the focus for the federal government’s new climate change advisory panel, co-chair Steven Guilbeault told The Energy Mix in an exclusive interview Sunday.

‘Carbon-Free’ Virtual Forum Demands 1.5°C Action for World’s Most Vulnerable Nations

The Climate Vulnerable Forum completed the world’s first-ever zero-emissions climate summit this week, a day-long virtual meeting that challenged the inevitably more carbon-intensive COP 24 in Katowice, Poland to usher in tougher national climate targets and make climate financing more available to vulnerable countries.

UK Would Depart EU Emissions Trading Scheme After Brexit

Climate Policies in Canada, Russia, China Would Drive Warming Above 5.0°C by 2100

Canada, Russia, and China are pursuing policies that would push average global warming about 5.0°C by 2100 if every country followed their lead, according to a new ranking of countries’ climate action programs, published Friday in the journal Nature Communications.

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Appoints Anti-Globalist Climate Denier as Foreign Minister

Brazil’s president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has named an anti-globalist diplomat to lead on foreign affairs and his country’s relationship to the Paris Agreement.

Climate Emerges as Sticking Point for Upcoming G20 Meeting

EU’s New Efficiency, Renewable Energy Targets Will Overshoot Its 2030 Climate Goals

The European Union has adopted new energy efficiency and renewable energy targets that could actually overshoot the continent’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, after accounting for slower economic growth due to Brexit.

Scaling Up Bio Conference Envisions an ‘Economy Without a Tailpipe’

The formula for future success at scaling up the bioeconomy seems to be to add up environmental necessity and economic opportunity to result in clean innovation. A decade from now, I hope we’ll look back and say this was the economy that harnessed the power of life to sustain life. By Karine Péloffy.

Researchers Acknowledge Errors in Study Methods, But Oceans Are Still Warming

The authors of a startling new study on ocean warming have filed a correction with the journal that originally published it and acknowledged “inadvertent errors that made their conclusions seem more certain than they actually are,” the Washington Post reports.

‘180-Degree Turn’ in Policy Triggers Rapid Climate Action by New Spanish Government

In recent years, Spain has been a graveyard for climate-friendly policies. But there are signs the dead may be twitching back to life.

U.S. Plans Pro-Fossil Side Event at UN Climate Conference

For a second year in a row, the Trump administration is planning a side event to tout fossil fuels during the annual United Nations climate change conference, coming up in Katowice, Poland December 3-14.

IEA Sees Signs of Energy Transition, But Backtracks on Paris-Compliant Modelling

An end to new fossil plant construction, a coal industry already past its production peak, a surge in natural gas use, and up to a billion electric vehicles on the road by 2040, with gasoline demand peaking in 2025, are among the key findings and projections in the annual World Energy Outlook (WEO) released this week by the International Energy Agency.

Clean Energy Receives Just 1.3% of Fossil Majors’ Budgets in 2018

For all their rhetoric about supporting a low-carbon transition, the world’s 24 biggest publicly-traded fossils devoted just 1.3% of their budgets to clean energy in 2018, with European producers vastly outpacing their counterparts in the United States and Asia, according to a new report this week by the UK non-profit CDP Worldwide.

Carbon Pricing Won’t Meet Canada’s Paris Commitments on Its Own, Conference Board Warns

While it makes good economic sense to tax pollution, and the federal government’s backstop price on carbon “will push consumers to reduce their purchases” of carbon-intensive goods, pricing alone won’t be enough to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the Paris Agreement, a senior Conference Board of Canada executive writes in the Globe and Mail.

Energy Efficiency Could Boost the Benefit of HFC Phasedown from 0.5 to 1.0°C

The governments behind the landmark Kigali Amendment on climate-busting hydro-fluorocarbon refrigerants are taking aim at energy efficiency improvements that could double the benefit of the HFC phasedown from 0.5 to 1.0°C.

Prop Up Nuclear to Drive Faster Carbon Cuts, Union of Concerned Scientists Urges U.S.

A new report by the Union of Concerned Scientists is calling for the United States to prop up its failing nuclear power plants in spite of their poor economics, as part of the effort to drive deep greenhouse gas emission cuts and stabilize the global climate.

50,000 March in Montreal to Demand Provincial Action on Climate

An estimated 50,000 people braved cold weather in Montreal Saturday to demand climate action by the new Quebec government of Premier François Legault, in what CBC describes as “part of a wider campaign with sister marches happening in cities throughout Quebec.”

Ontario Institutions, Businesses to Receive $420 Million in Federal Funding as Ottawa Bypasses Queen’s Park

Public institutions and businesses in Ontario are in line to receive C$420 million in direct financial support from the federal Low-Carbon Economy Fund, after the Ford government cancelled the province’s carbon cap-and-trade program and failed to come up with another mechanism to meet the federal floor price on carbon.

Top Alberta Fossils Stayed ‘Incredibly Profitable’ Despite Oil Price Crash

Three of Canada’s top five tar sands/oil sands producers were “incredibly profitable” during the oil price crash and the continuing controversy over new export pipelines, according to a new report issued last week by the Alberta-based Parkland Institute and the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

Democrats on Offence, Climate Hawk Urges ‘Green New Deal’ After Midterm Election Result

The split result in U.S. midterm elections Tuesday evening is receiving extensive coverage in the country’s climate and energy media, with the new Democratic House majority expected to promote climate action and push back on the Trump administration’s environmental rollbacks in spite of an expanded Republican majority in the Senate.

Petrochemical Boom Could Undercut GHG Reductions, Turn U.S. Rust Belt into ‘Plastics Belt’

The United States is on the verge of a US$202.4-billion boom in plastics and petrochemical production that could put the country at odds with global efforts to control climate change, while extending a lifeline to an oil and gas industry looking ahead to a competitive threat from decarbonized electricity.

China Splits on Climate Leadership as Trump Trade War Deepens

Nearly two years into the Trump administration, and with a U.S.-China trade war accelerating, Greenpeace East Asia climate advisor Li Shuo is cautioning that China’s interest in stepping up as a global environment and climate leader is taking a back seat to more traditional strategic concerns.

New Green Economy Models Take Shape in Africa

‘Startling’ Warming Study Shows Oceans Absorbing 60% More Heat Than Scientists Thought

Global warming is farther advanced than scientists believed, with the world’s oceans absorbing 60% more heat per year over the last quarter-century than previously research had shown, according to a startling new study published Wednesday in the journal Nature.

Abreu and Marshall: Canada Needs Better Accountability to Make Good on Paris Pledges

Canada must seize a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to show it can make good on its international climate commitments by forming an independent expert body to monitor its progress on climate change and clean growth, two of the country’s leading climate policy advocates argue this week in a post for The Hill Times.

Australia Coalition Votes to Keep Climate Out of National Energy Policy

‘We Shall Be the Resistance’, Brazil Climate Hawks Declare, as Bolsonaro Sweeps to Power

In an extraordinary statement on Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential election win yesterday, the Brazil Climate Observatory is vowing to help pull the far-right, seven-term member of congress away from the extreme positions he espoused during the campaign.

Solnit Casts Surging Climate Movement, Wind and Solar ‘Revolution’ as Antidotes to Climate Despair

The fight against climate change is only lost if people think it is, renowned writer Rebecca Solnit insists, in a recent opinion piece aimed at quelling the despair that too many people took away from the recent IPCC report on 1.5°C pathways.

Asian Development Bank Dumps Coal, Embraces Clean Energy

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is making a decisive shift to clean energy, according to its energy chief.

Bolsonaro Says Brazil Won’t Quit Paris Agreement

Fossil Non-Proliferation Treaty Would Address ‘Imminent Threat’ of Climate Breakdown

With climate breakdown an “imminent threat” to humanity, an opinion piece this week in The Guardian is calling for an international fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty to avert calamity.

Green Climate Fund Approves 19 Projects, Begins Hunt for New Money

The UN’s severely underfunded Green Climate Fund will be launching a hunt for new cash after approving 19 projects worth US$1 billion at its four-day meeting in Bahrain last week.

Pre-Meeting in Krakow Must Deliver Results Ahead of COP 24: WRI

With national delegates gathered in Krakow, Poland for negotiations ahead of this year’s United Nations climate conference (COP 24) in December, the World Resources Institute is calling for discussions that are substantive enough to keep the spirit of the Paris Agreement alive.

Energy Efficiency is Waning, But Could Quickly Drive Down Emissions, IEA Analysis Shows

Countries are falling behind on energy efficiency policies that would be enough to peak greenhouse gas emissions quickly and then drive them down, even if the global economy doubles through 2040, according to a new analysis released last week by the International Energy Agency.

Guilbeault Steps Down from Équiterre, Plans Book on AI and Climate Change

Veteran environmentalist Steven Guilbeault announced earlier this month that he is stepping down as senior director of Montreal-based Équiterre, the organization he co-founded with Sidney Ribaux in 1993 and helped build into one of Quebec’s most prominent conservation and climate advocacy organizations.

New Brazil President Would Target Forests and First Peoples, Eliminate Environment Ministry, Quit Paris

No more Paris Agreement. No more ministry of environment. A paved highway cutting through the Amazon.

Troubled Green Climate Fund Weighs Troubling Funding Request from Oil-Rich Bahrain

With the United Nations’ troubled Green Climate Fund holding a board meeting in Bahrain last week, the oil-rich desert kingdom stirred serious concerns with a request for US$9.8 million for water conservation work to be carried out by its National Oil and Gas Authority.

Seize the Moment for Climate Action, MPs Urge During Emergency Commons Debate

Canadians are feeling the effects of climate change today, and the next 10 to 12 years will give the country one chance to turn the corner on a mounting global crisis, key MPs told the House of Commons Monday evening, during an emergency debate on the implications of last week’s IPCC report on pathways to 1.5°C average global warming.

‘We Are Better Than This’: Berman Explores Alberta’s Energy Future. Notley Comes Back with Unicorns.

Activist, analyst, and policy advisor Tzeporah Berman called for civil discussion and a managed transition off fossil fuels, and Premier Rachel Notley tried to refute her with unicorns (seriously, literally), after a speaking invitation from the Alberta Teachers’ Association became one of the year’s most contentious moments in the debate over the province’s energy future.

Fossil CEO Dudley Urges ‘Many Trillions’ in New Spending, Calls Climate Risk Disclosure a Danger

The oil industry will have to invest trillions of dollars in what industry newsletter Upstream calls an “aggressive Paris Climate Accord compliance scenario”, and fossil divesters and protesters represent a threat to energy security and the global economy, BP CEO Bob Dudley told last week’s Oil and Money conference in London.

Newfoundland and Labrador Plans 650,000 Barrels Per Day by 2030

With Canada’s Harper-era emissions reduction target under the Paris Agreement barely on life support, the province of Newfoundland and Labrador has introduced a new growth strategy for its oil and gas sector that envisions more than 100 new exploration wells and output of 650,000 barrels of oil or equivalent per day by 2030.

Glynn: 100-Tonne Lifetime Emissions Limit Per Person Helps Define Nations’ Carbon Budgets

Last week’s debate on Ireland’s annual financial budget would have been a great opportunity for legislators to take a serious look at their “other” budget—their carbon budget—University College Cork post-doctoral energy modeler James Glynn argues in a recent post.

U.S. Senate Confirms Climate-Denying Ex-Deepwater Horizon Attorney as Top EPA Lawyer

Ex-U.S. Climate Envoy Warns Against ‘Backsliding’ on Paris Implementation

When the nations of the world adopted the Paris Agreement in December 2015, they took a giant step toward establishing an operational regime to spur climate action after some 20 years of failed attempts to do just that.

350 Canada Urges Emergency Parliamentary Debate on 1.5°C Pathways [Sign-On]

Within hours of the IPCC’s release of landmark report on pathways to 1.5°C average global warming, 350 Canada was out with a petition calling on party leaders in the House of Commons to hold an emergency debate on the topic.

Climate Home News Compiles ‘37 Things to Know’ About IPCC’s 1.5°C Report

The UN published a summary on the science of 1.5°C global warming on Monday. It’s a big deal.

Rapid Emission Cuts Would Reduce the Need for Carbon Removal Technologies: IPCC

While “carbon dioxide removal is necessary to meet the 1.5°C target,” the technique can’t substitute for deep emission cuts, and fast action on climate change will be needed to avoid the most harmful negative emissions technologies, The Sink and Mirror reports, in its summary of this week’s IPCC report on options for limiting average global warming to 1.5°C.

UK’s Renowned Climate Change Committee Undercut by Delays, Budget Woes

1.5°C Is Doable, but Just a Dozen Years Left to Get on a Low-Carbon Pathway

Humanity has a dozen years to hold off the accelerated risks of extreme heat waves, wildfires, flooding, drought, sea level rise, and extensive poverty that would result from 2.0°C average global warming by pursuing a tough but doable pathway to 1.5°C, according to a long-awaited science report released in Incheon, South Korea this morning by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

Reaction: IPCC Report Combines Urgency and Hope, but ‘Every 0.1° is a Choice Between Life or Death’

About 40 representatives of climate, energy, international development, and other groups affiliated with Climate Action Network-International were monitoring the negotiations in Incheon, South Korea. Here are some of their reactions to the IPCC’s 1.5°C report.

Abreu: ‘The Science Prevailed’ as IPCC Hands Governments a 2050 Deadline for Net Zero Emissions

Catherine Abreu is executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, and was Climate Action Network-International’s Head of Delegation for last week’s high-stakes meeting of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in Incheon, South Korea. In this in-depth interview with The Energy Mix, she talks about the alarming but extraordinary result that scientists, civil society advocates, and government negotiators are bringing home from IPCC 48, and how it came about.

Saudi Arabia Made Best Efforts to Stall IPCC Science Report

It wouldn’t have been a United Nations climate negotiation without one of the world’s most profligate fossil fuel producers (and human rights abusers) trying to bog down the proceedings and water down a final report. And several news reports had Saudi Arabia doing exactly that as the IPCC meeting in Incheon, South Korea went into overtime Saturday.

Alarming Findings in IPCC Report Become ‘Thunderous Call to Action’

With representatives of more than 130 countries and about 50 scientists gathered in Incheon, South Korea to negotiate final details of the IPCC’s 1.5°C science report, the Washington Post headlined that they were “struggling to find the right words for very bad news.”

EU Sought Stricter Adherence to 1.5°C Limit

As negotiations in Incheon, South Korea were reaching a pivot point late last week, the European Union called for a strict interpretation of the 1.5°C global warming threshold in the landmark UN climate science report due out today.

Confidential Comments Showed Trump Administration Pushback on IPCC’s 1.5°C Report

As IPCC negotiations in Incheon, South Korea got under way last week, confidential U.S. comments on a landmark global warming report raised doubts about the science behind it, warned that it risked crimping economic development, and advocated for carbon-catching technologies.

IPCC Special Report Could Drive Faster, Deeper Carbon Cuts Through Talanoa Dialogue

With pressure and momentum building for countries to speed up their action on climate change in the crucial decade between 2020 and 2030, veteran climate negotiator Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) sees today’s IPCC report on 1.5°C as one of the building blocks for a significant “2020 moment” during COP 24 in December.

IPCC Delegates Consider Drastic Coal Cuts to Protect 1.5°C Target

Climate scientists gathered in Incheon, South Korea to review scenarios for 1.5°C average global warming may be poised to recommend a much faster phaseout of greenhouse gas emissions from coal, even as the United States tries to undercut the science behind the scenario report.

Economic Costs of Climate Change Will Hit Hardest in India, U.S.

The future economic costs of climate change will hit hardest in India and the United States, according to a new study published last week in the journal Nature Climate Change.

Trump Administration Predicts 3.9°C Average Warming to Justify Fuel Economy Rollback

The Trump administration is acknowledging that humanity is on track to increase average global warming by nearly 3.9°C—7.0°F—by the end of this century, and using that calculation to justify its freeze on fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks.

As a Country, Cement Would Be World’s Third-Largest GHG Emitter

Canada Joins 18 Other Countries in Carbon-Neutral Pledge

Draft Plan Boosts China’s 2030 Renewables Goal from 20 to 35%

A new renewable portfolio standard (RPS) under development by China’s National Development and Reform Commission calls for the country to produce at least 35% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2030, a big jump from its previous 20% target for “non-fossil fuels”, according to draft documents viewed by Bloomberg News.

Canada, EU Add Climate to Trade Deal in Visible Snub to Trump

Canada and the EU added a climate clause to their trade deal at a high-level meeting in Montreal last Wednesday.

‘Tracking the Efforts’ on Paris: In a Climate Emergency, Where’s the Ambulance?

Energy Mix subscriber Ruth Pickering posted this comment in response to our recent story on the United Nations General Assembly. We’re republishing it with her permission. Are you as frustrated as I am at the language used to describe what is needed in this existential crisis we are facing?

With Countries ‘Nowhere Near on Track’ to 1.5°C, IPCC Author Urges Massive Transformation

A massive transformation in the world’s energy production, transportation patterns, and food systems will be needed to limit average global warming to 1.5°C—and right now, countries are “nowhere near on track” to achieve that goal, according to an author of the forthcoming report on 1.5° scenarios produced by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

One Planet Summit Delivers New Financing Commitments During Climate Week NYC

The United Nations secretary general, the president of the World Bank, and UN Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg all lined up alongside French President Emmanuel Macron this week to host the second annual One World Summit, with the goal of mobilizing financing to support climate action.

Polluter-Pay Principle Should Apply to Compensation for Victims of Climate Disasters

As Hurricane Florence battered the east coast of the United States of America and Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit Philippines and China, an important scientific breakthrough took place.

Macron Earns Applause at UN for Linking Trade Deals to Paris Compliance

IPCC ‘Pulls Its Punches’ in Crucial Report on 1.5°C Warming

Reviewers watching over the production of a crucial special report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) are warning that its statements about the dangers of climate change are being watered down to accommodate some of the world’s heaviest carbon polluters.

UN General Assembly Stresses ‘Sonic Boom SOS’ for Climate Action

The climate crisis is taking centre stage during this week’s United Nations General Assembly in New York City, with national leaders “feeling a sense of urgency to keep up the momentum on combating climate change,” the Associated Press reports.

Polish Trade Unionists ‘Terrified’ by Push to Phase Out Coal

As Poland gears up to host this year’s UN climate summit, the government is on a charm offensive. During two days in mid-September, brochures, videos, slides, and dark-suited representatives succeed one another, portraying Katowice, the site of the talks, as a green success story. Chaperoned by civil servants, journalists are whizzed around the city in electric cars.

Civil Society Groups Urge Canada to Double International Climate Finance, Pivot to Adaptation

Canada must double its contribution to international climate finance and devote at least half of the funds to climate change adaptation, according to a civil society workshop convened last week by CARE Canada in partnership with the Canadian Coalition on Climate Change for Development (C4D).

Deforestation Triggered by EU Renewables Directive Could Destroy Global Carbon Sinks

The European Union’s new renewable energy directive could trigger a new wave of deforestation, representing a grave threat to the world’s carbon sinks, by counting the burning of whole trees to produce energy as a carbon-neutral activity, a group of eight academics warns in the journal Nature Communications.

Permafrost Melt Closes In on Critical Climate Tipping Point

Melting permafrost is closing in on a critical tipping point where it will release large volumes of methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, driving atmospheric warming above the maximum 2.0°C target in the Paris Agreement much sooner than scientists hoped, according to a new study in the journal Nature Geoscience.

ING Directs €500-Billion Lending Portfolio Toward Paris Targets with ‘Science-Based Approach’

Amsterdam-based financial institution ING Groep N.V. has unveiled plans to direct its €500-billion lending portfolio toward meeting the Paris Agreement target of holding average global warming to 2.0°C or less.

CARE Canada: Fighting Plastics Pollution No Substitute for G7 Action on Climate Impacts

G7 countries’ initiative to attack plastic pollution during this week’s environment and energy ministers’ meeting in Halifax is no substitute for faster action to protect coastal communities from climate change, CARE Canada states in a new report.

Drought-Stricken Australian Farmer Demand More Renewables, Less Coal

France Falls Behind on Eight of Nine Climate Targets

Brown Renews Pledge to ‘Launch Our Own Damn Satellite’ as Summit Urges Faster Climate Action

After three days of new low-carbon commitments from regional governments, cities, and industry, the Global Climate Action Summit concluded Friday with a call for governments to step up their climate ambition, and renewed pressure on California Governor Jerry Brown to suspend new fossil fuel permits and protect front-line communities in the state that hosted the landmark international event.

Flurry of Low-Carbon Announcements Marks First Day of Global Climate Action Summit

The Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco is entering its second day, with media and other observers scrambling to keep up with a cascade of carbon reduction announcements and commitments. Climate Nexus is live-blogging the news as it breaks.

UK Will Need a Forest the Size of Yorkshire to Hit Climate Targets

London, New York Mayors Urge Cities Worldwide to Dump Their Fossil Investments

Pointing to a summer of record heat and extreme weather in which London was improbably hot and dry, while New York was unexpectedly rainy, Mayors Sadiq Khan and Bill de Blasio are calling on cities around the world to join them in divesting their shares in fossil fuel companies and join a new global initiative on finance and investment.

UN Secretary General Urges Faster Action to Avert Runaway Climate Change

National leaders have until 2020 to step up efforts to curb global climate change before it’s too late, United Nations Secretary General António Guterres warned Monday, in a statement at UN headquarters in New York.

Climate Action in Cities Could Create 13.7 Million Jobs, Prevent 1.3 Million Premature Deaths

Cities around the world could create 13.7 million jobs and prevent 1.3 million premature deaths per year by 2030 by pursuing “ambitious urban climate policies” that “vastly reduce carbon emissions globally,” according to a report released over the weekend by C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors, and the NewClimate Institute.

Cities, States, Businesses Drive Down U.S. Carbon Pollution While Trump Prepares to Deregulate Methane Emissions

While the Trump administration prepares to undercut Obama-era controls on methane emissions from oil and gas operations, more than 3,000 U.S, cities, states, businesses, investors, counties, regional associations, faith communities, and post-secondary institutions are on track to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions by at least 17%—and possibly by as much as 24%, bringing the country close to meeting its promised target under the Paris Agreement.

‘Uneven’ Progress, ‘Stalemated’ Issues Create Steep Climb for Paris Agreement Implementation

Nearly a week of climate negotiations ended in Bangkok Sunday with what civil society observers called “uneven” progress on the all-important “rulebook” that countries are to adopt to implement the 2015 Paris Agreement. With talks due to conclude just three months from now at COP 24 in Poland, diplomats have a monumental task ahead to hammer more than 300 pages of draft text into a final agreement, and to reconcile deep political differences that were still on display during the week in Bangkok.

Massive Trade Loophole Places 25% of Global Emissions Outside National Climate Plans

A massive and growing “carbon loophole” is undermining global efforts to bring greenhouse gas emissions under control, with “most types of carbon policy” failing to account for the imported goods that represent about one-quarter of the global carbon footprint, according to a new report sponsored by the ClimateWorks Foundation.

High Stakes in Bangkok: WRI Lays Out Three Must-Do Challenges for Climate Negotiators

Since the Paris Agreement on climate change was adopted in December 2015, negotiators have been grappling with how to set it in motion with a strong framework of rules and operating procedures, commonly known as the “implementing guidelines” or “the Paris Rulebook”. 

IPCC Report on 1.5°C ‘Guardrail’ Draws Support from Some Climate Hawks, Alarm from Others

An upcoming report on ways to limit average global warming to 1.5°C has been generating a lot of discussion at this week’s climate negotiations in Bangkok, and in the weeks leading up to the meetings, with some climate policy advocates asking delegates to take the report seriously while others question its most basic scientific assumptions.

Subnational Governments Can’t Go It Alone on Climate Action

Without renewed ambition at the national level—and most urgently by the United States—the very best efforts by cities, regional governments, and the private sector to rein in greenhouse gas emissions will be insufficient to avoid dangerous levels of atmospheric warming, according to a recent data analytics study by an international team of researchers and programmers.

Bangkok Youth Delegate Quickly Solves Negotiators’ Problem with Online Carbon Registry

If you want talk, put 195 national negotiators in a room. If you want a website built, ask a youth delegate.

Ireland Emerges as Europe’s Climate Laggard

Bangkok Climate Negotiations Need Fast Action on Paris Implementation, Climate Finance

As delegates from around the world gathered in Bangkok this week for a second round of “intersessional” negotiations, aimed at making real progress on Paris Agreement implementation ahead of this year’s UN climate conference, they faced three severe warnings: That their countries are not on track to meet the carbon reduction targets in the Paris deal, aren’t ready to complete the Paris implementation rules three months from now in Katowice, Poland, and are far short of raising the US$100 billion the world’s richest countries promised to help developing nations tackle the climate crisis.

Espinosa and Hidalgo: Climate Action is Ramping Up, But ‘More is What We Need’

UN Climate Secretary Patricia Espinosa and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Chair of C40 Cities, issued this post just days before delegates gathered for several days of climate negotiations in Bangkok.

Business Lobby Gives Up on Seeing Climate Action from Australia Government

The Australian business community has given up on seeing any meaningful climate and energy action from the country’s Coalition government, now led by Prime Minister Scott Morrison following the ouster late last month of previous PM Malcolm Turnbull, and is looking elsewhere for movement in the months leading up to national elections next May.

Norway Nears Decisions on Sovereign Wealth Fund Divestment, Lofoten Oil Drilling Ban

A government report late last month slowed down some of the momentum for Norway’s US$1-trillion sovereign wealth fund to divest its oil and gas stocks, worth more than $40 billion.

Canada, UK, Four Other Countries Plan First Paris Carbon Trades

Germany’s Merkel Talks Down Tougher EU Emissions Target

France’s Hulot Resigns on Live Radio, Citing Slow Progress on Climate

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot resigned yesterday in the midst of a live radio interview, in what Deutsche Welle casts as a “stunning setback” to the government of President Emmanuel Macron.

Australia’s Climate Battles Hold Parallels with U.S., Portents for Canada

Ex-Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull’s abrupt resignation after an intra-party clash over climate and energy policy is an example of a “potent political issue” that is roiling “a handful of countries with powerful fossil fuel lobbies”, including Canada and the United States, the New York Times suggested last week.

19 Cities, Combined Population 130 Million, Pledge Net-Zero Carbon Buildings by 2030

Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver are three of 19 cities around the world whose mayors have promised to ensure that all new buildings in their communities are net-zero carbon by 2030—and that all their cities’ buildings, old and new, meet a net-zero standard by 2050.

Germany’s LNG Loan Guarantee in Nova Scotia Would Contradict Domestic Ban, Delay Post-Carbon Transition

Germany must withdraw a US$4-billion loan guarantee that would enable Calgary-based Pieridae Energy Ltd. to build a 10-million-tonne-per year liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal at Goldboro, Nova Scotia, a coalition of Canadian and German environmental groups argues in an open letter released last week.

‘Trudeau Got Snowed’: British Columbia Connects Wildfire Crisis to Pipeline Politics

As British Columbia declares a(nother) state of emergency in response to an epic wildfire season, and smoke from the province’s more than 600 fires affects air quality in many parts of the country, analysts and activists are drawing the connections between a year of severe climate impacts and energy policies destined to make the problem worse—including a certain, soon-to-be-nationalized pipeline for which B.C. has been ground zero for continuing protests.

Forest Protection Would Save 6.2 Gigatons of Carbon by 2050

Forest protection places #38 on Drawdown’s list of climate solutions, with the potential to avoid 6.2 gigatons of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050 and sequester an astonishing 896.29 gigatons.

Smarter Labelling, Taxpayer Rebates Can Make Carbon Taxes More ‘Politically Palatable’

Smarter labelling, taxpayer rebates, and investments in green infrastructure can all play a role in making carbon pricing more palatable to voters and less politically explosive for elected officials, The Economist reports, in a commentary based largely on a new working paper for the International Monetary Fund.

BECCS May Not Work as Negative Emissions Strategy, Study Concludes

Relying on biomass with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) to keep average global warming within 1.5°C could release more carbon from the land than it sequesters from the atmosphere, according to a new analysis in the journal Nature Communications.

Philippines Will Only Send One Official to UN Climate Meeting

Forest Soil Carbon Uptake Down 77% in Three Decades

Polish Parliament Approves More Support for Renewables

‘Hothouse Earth’ Coverage Misses the Point: Landmark Study Delivers Action Agenda, ‘Blueprint for Hope’

The “breathless media coverage” of this week’s landmark Hothouse Earth study missed the authors’ most important point, veteran climate hawk and meteorologist Eric Holthaus writes on Grist this morning: there’s still time to avert the report’s doomsday scenarios, but right now is the time to get on with the job of decarbonizing the world economy and reducing greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere.

Deforestation On Track to Undercut Brazil’s Paris Promises

Erased Gains: Fossil Growth Offsets Low-Carbon Power in Canada’s Latest Emissions Inventory

Trump Climate Policies Add Another 12°F to U.S. Heat Waves by 2050

Exxon Quits ALEC Over Climate Messaging

Permafrost, Wetland Emissions Could Shorten 1.5°C Carbon Deadline by Five Years

Business Green Unveils Net Zero Manifesto

Direct Experience of Global Warming Depends on Where You Live

The real-life impacts of current levels of global warming, and of either hitting or missing the targets in the Paris Agreement, will depend very much on where in the world you live, a recent analysis concludes.

China’s Emissions May Still Have Peaked as New Pollution Targets Drive Down Steel Quotas

A handful of recent news reports earlier this month point to the possibility that a “structural break” in China’s economy led the country’s greenhouse gas emissions to peak in 2014, suggesting the potential for the country to begin drawing down its carbon pollution far sooner than it promised under the Paris Agreement.

U.S. Conservatives Press Trump to Reject Kigali Amendment

Nearly two dozen U.S. conservative groups led by the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Heritage Action are pressuring the Trump administration to withdraw from the Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol, a 2016 agreement that would be sufficient on its own to reduce average global warming by nearly 1.0°C.