Sneak peak of the EU Parliament on Making Transport Fit For 55

Concerning aviation and the maritime sector, MEPs recognize the need to shift to alternative “green” fuels. However, some fear that this will diminish the EU’s competitiveness. The same issue arises for the ETS revision where some argue the additional costs for achieving the climate goals are highly problematic. Some MEPs say that here the social climate fund comes into play, which should help low-income families and SMEs with the transition. The French presidency agrees with the importance of a socially fair transition and is in line with opinions on the energy efficiency directive that transport poverty must be avoided e.g., by focusing on public transport.

IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report: “No Climate Policy” Scenarios

What is a ‘No Climate Policy’ Scenario? Read on to find out how the IPCC have assessed potential future scenarios. The sixth assessment report is the most comprehensive analysis of the climate crisis to ever be released. The AR6 also highlighted the risk of compound events, recognising that extreme weather events such as heatwaves and droughts are more likely to occur simultaneously, as well as becoming more frequent in the future.

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.

Reflections on the Opening of the 76th United Nations General Assembly

The UN General Assembly opening took place this September with two weeks of speeches from world leaders. The broad overview of global policy direction evidenced an escalating climate rhetoric and bold new proposals relating to coal and green finance. However, blind spots persisted as leaders failed to address how climate change intersects with gender, youth and indigeneity.

COP26 Preparatory Meeting 2021

The preparation meeting for COP26 took place between 30 September and 2 October 2021. Finance was one of the topics heavily discussed during the meeting and how to provide developing countries with the money they need to mitigation and adapt to climate change. Young activists also attended the Pre-COP meeting and highlighted the importance of strong action, now.

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Profiling China’s First NDC and Potential Future NDC Commitments

China has made some progress towards the first NDC commitments, but has not submitted an updated NDC as of October, 2021. However, the new NDC could include a ban on new domestic coal-fired power stations and the introduction of reduction targets for non-CO2 GHG emissions. This article analyses how likely it is that China will make the new NDC pledges based upon their domestic policy and existing climate commitments.

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