Fri, Jun 21, 2024

New IPCC Chairman More Friendly to CCS

The new chairman of the IPCC, Dr Hoesung Lee, intends to interact more with the energy industry. “We are prepared to broaden our scope of collaboration”, he says, in an exclusive interview with World Energy Focus.

The EU’s climate strategy for Paris: recipe for another failure?

The European Commission has proposed a strategy for the Paris climate talks that includes the aim of achieving a “Paris Protocol”. According to Susanne Dröge and Oliver Geden of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP) in Berlin, this strategy does not take into account the new global context of the negotiations.

G7 nods to loss and damage claims with climate insurance pledge

By Alex Pashley

For years, a compensation fund for developing countries ravaged by climate impacts like cyclones and droughts has been a bone of contention between them and rich nations.

Then on Monday, the Group of Seven appeared to pledge that in all but name.

China, India reject calls for tougher climate goal at UN talks

By Megan Darby in Bonn

China, India and Saudi Arabia are calling for discussions on a tighter global warming goal to be shelved, to the dismay of countries vulnerable to future climate impacts.

Diplomats at international climate talks taking place in Bonn this week considered an expert report warning the globally agreed aim to limit temperature rise to 2C is “inadequate”.

US pledges emissions cuts of up to 28% ahead of global climate treaty

The White House pledged to cut carbon pollution by up to 28% on Tuesday, boosting the prospects for an international agreement on climate change at the end of the year.

With the US pledge, the countries accounting for nearly 60% of greenhouse gas emissions from energy have outlined their plans for fighting climate change in the 2020s and beyond, the White House said in a conference call with reporters.

Attempts to stop catastrophic climate change are proving futile, says UN report

A draft of a new UN report seen by The New York Times warns that our planet is at risk of "severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts" if the world's governments don't quickly alter their course and do more to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases. The report, drafted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, says that we are already nearing a temperature at which the ice sheet covering Greenland is expected to begin melting — an unstoppable process that could raise global sea levels by 23 feet and bring other extremes of climate including heat waves and torrential rain.