Lützerath And The German Coal Exit

Climate activists protest against the demolition of the hamlet Lützerath in order to expand a coal mine.The responsible Green ministers struck a deal with energy company RWE to bring forward the coal exit in the Western German states to 2030 in exchange for mining the coal below Lützerath.Scientists argue that it is a foul deal under which Germany will not get onto a 1.5° warming path.

COP15: UN Biodiversity summit ends with global agreement on biodiversity protection, yet questions remain as to its implementation

Right on the heels of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP27) in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, the UN Convention on Biodiversity (CBD COP15) took place in Montreal, Canada between December 7th and 19th.

COP27: What Happened in Week Two? 

by Megan Corsano, Nadezhda Filina, Vincent Diringer, Charlie Bevis, and JP Arellano COP27 is officially over and the response on the progress made has been mixed. Many have celebrated the unprecedented agreement to provide ‘loss and damage’ funding to vulnerable countries facing climate disasters. This is something that hundreds of groups have been calling for...

PRE COP27 ANALYSIS: Taking steps towards a resilient agri-food system for people and climate

Food industry and intensive agriculture emissions and other detrimental impacts must be urgently addressed impact on the environment.The landmark agreement to discuss these topics at COP is called the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture The conversation will hopefully precipitate a plan with mutual agreement at COP27.

PRE COP27 ANALYSIS: The water crisis and the Conference of the Parties (COP)

Extreme events such as droughts and floods, and their related consequences, are exacerbated by climate change. Discussing water at the COP is paramount given the ongoing climate-related water crisis. There is hope for the parties at COP27 to discuss the implementation of the NDCs, the transfer of technologies to the developing countries, and the transboundary water resources management.

PRE COP27 ANALYSIS: Gender-Responsive Climate Policy on the COP27 Agenda

There is strong evidence to suggest that women are disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. Nonetheless, women are still underrepresented in decision-making processes, and this has had a direct impact on their resilience to climate change. The UNFCCC, and multiple state and non-state actors, have raised attention to this issue for years. It is yet to be determined whether COP27 will be able to foster the sustainable implementation of effective, gender-responsible climate policies. What do you think?

Halfway There: The Midterm Elections

On November 8th, US midterm elections will take place with all House seats, 35 Senate seats and 36 governor seats up for election. Forecasts are close with Republicans favored to win the House, while Democrats are favored to keep the Senate. Results will strongly impact what President Biden can achieve in the coming two years.