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.
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.
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...
by Reinout Debergh For all the talk about a red wave – i.e. a major win for Republicans – in the run up to the midterm elections, already on election day/week it became obvious that it was not materialising (to the disappointment of Wall Street that was betting on it) [1, 2]. In the end,...
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.
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.
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?
COP26 fell short of expectations in terms of biodiversity-related policy; Don’t expect biodiversity to be a major policy topic at COP27 The 30x30 target is one of the most ambitious conservation goals being discussed, but details on its implementation will likely be finalised apart from COP.
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.