Looking to COP26: A Focus on Discussion Topics for Week 1

ClimaTalk’s previous article, The Paris Agreement: A Focus on Unresolved Issues, delved into aspects of the Paris Agreement that were left unresolved at the end of the 25th Conference of the Parties (COP). These included Article 6 and carbon markets, funding mechanisms for loss and damage, the timescales for the submission of updated Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC), climate finance, and how to quantify and report emissions.

Profiling Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contributions

Nigeria updated its NDC in July 2021, matching the ambition of its first NDC to take bold action against the climate crisis. Whilst the country’s emission reduction promises are virtually the same, a recalculation of GHG data means that the new plan does pledge a much lower level of emissions by 2030. The problem, however, is that systemic problems in the current prevent the necessary injections of finance to bring these proposals into fruition.

CBAM: Creating a Level Playing Field

Companies buy certificates that they have to surrender for their imported emissions for certain goods. Left-over certificates can be resold to the Member States, but not traded, and can only be held onto for a limited time. During a transitional period, companies will only have to report, but not surrender, certificates for their imported emissions CBAM is a complex system and several points of discussion remain

Categories EU - Policies

Planned Obsolescence: What Is It?

Planned obsolescence encourages new product purchases and an economy centered around discard vs. repair. Planned obsolescence is responsible for the generation of e-waste, adversely burdening people and the planet. Recovering materials from e-waste and designing products with repairability in mind are readily available alternatives to planned obsolescence.

Rising Global Food Demand: An Introduction

Global food demand has been increasing over the course of the past century, leading to increased food production and, as a consequence, an increase in the environmental impact of intensified agriculture. Current trends show that demand will continue to increase, and production would need to double to meet the demand projected for 2050, which has important implications for the environment. A key question to ask is what exactly is driving this growing demand. In this article, I will discuss the observed drivers of increasing global food demand and how these tie into global food security.

Categories Food & Agriculture