COP22: What’s in it for Least Developed Countries at the climate talks in Marrakesh?

ldcwatvh-logoLDC Watch statement, 9-11-16: “Finance is the key” to mitigate the effects of climate change on Least Developed Countries, and help them adapt to the threats it poses,” said LDC Watch, the umbrella group of civil society organisations in Least Developed Countries, at the start of the UN Meeting on Climate Change in Marrakesh. Continue reading

Sierra Leone marks a year free of ebola with a minute’s silence

sierra-leone-ebola-freeIngrid Gercaman, IRIN,  8 Nov 2016 It was an unusual day in Freetown, a West African city that loves to be loud. For three long minutes yesterday, it was eerily quiet.  The reason was that a year ago, on 7 November, Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free. The virus had killed 3,580 people and terrorised the nation for 18 months. The three-minute silence was organised by the government to remember those who lost their lives. Continue reading

COP22: Plus ça change: Paris Agreement enters into force, but more urgent action needed from countries meeting in Marrakech

climate-change-rallyMarrakech, 7 November: Civil society leaders from diverse constituencies around the world are voicing their concerns that countries are not doing enough to prevent catastrophic levels of global warming.

During  the Climat Change conference this week developed countries must raise their levels of short-term climate targets and finance, which the Paris Agreement did not address. Scientists consider steep emissions reductions in the current decade as the key to achieving a just transition to a low-carbon global economy.

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COP22 How wealthy countries are avoiding helping the world’s poorest cope

Ian Johnston, Independent, 6-11-2916: On the eve of the climate change meeting in Marrakesh, starting Monday, 7 November, a new report details how the world’s wealthiest countries are paying far less money to the poorest nations to help them cope with the effects of climate change than they claim. Continue reading

COP22 – Civil society demands increasing ambition and equity

dcj-logo-256x256pxCivil society organisations united under the banner of the Climate Justice campaign issued their demands on the eve of the Marrakesh meeting.

“The Paris Agreement passed the threshold for entry into force earlier than anticipated after being ratified by 55 countries representing 55% of global greenhouse gas emissions on October 4th,, so the Agreement will enter into force on 4th November and the Marrakech meeting will also host the first Meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA). Continue reading

Least Developed Countries Call for ‘Ambitious Action’ at COP22

climate-changeThe chair of the Least Developed Countries group, Tosi Mpanu-Mpanu, called for “fair and ambitious action” Monday at the next round of international climate change negotiations which begin on Nov. 7 in Marrakech, Morocco. Mpanu-Mpanu, from the Democratic Republic of Congo on climate issues, said that the next round of UN climate talks, COP22, must be “an action and implementation COP” and “construct robust rules to support the [Paris] Agreement’s implementation.” Continue reading

Climate Doomsday – a step closer?

climate-change-and-agricultureBaher Kamal Oct 27 2016 (IPS) – Almost inadvertently, humankind is getting closer everyday to the point of no-return towards what could be called the ‘climate doomsday’. Globally averaged concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has surged again to new records in 2016… and will not dip below pre-2015 levels for many generations. Continue reading

Climate change is intensifying violent typhoons in South East Asia

asian-typhoonsBy Tim Radford, Climatechangenews.com, 01-11-2016: The typhoons that have slammed into the coasts of east and southeast Asia have increased in intensity by between 12% and 15% over the last four decades, according to a new study, and the cause of the intensity is an overall warming of ocean surface waters in the northwest Pacific, caused by greenhouse gas emissions. Continue reading

LDC Group of countries outlines its priorities for COP22 meeting

less-developed-countries-1-728In the run-up to the COP22 in Marrakesh, the group of 48 LDC countries outline the priorities they will be pushing for at COP22. These cover mitigation, adaptation, Loss and Damage, finance, Capacity building and Technology Development and Transfer, tranparency framework, global stocktake and compliance. Continue reading