The Adopt a Negotiator Project http://adoptanegotiator.org tracking international efforts to deal with climate change Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:34:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2C climate change target ‘utterly inadequate’ http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/27/2c-climate-change-target-utterly-inadequate/ http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/27/2c-climate-change-target-utterly-inadequate/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:00:38 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36893

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The internationally agreed target for preventing dangerous climate change is “utterly inadequate”, a leading scientist has warned.

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Norway delivers climate pledge to UN ahead of Paris summit http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/27/norway-delivers-climate-pledge-to-un-ahead-of-paris-summit/ http://www.rtcc.org/2015/03/27/norway-delivers-climate-pledge-to-un-ahead-of-paris-summit/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:00:31 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36909

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Norway has submitted its pledge to cut greenhouse gas levels 40% on 1990 levels by 2030 to the UN, ahead of a proposed global agreement scheduled to be signed off in December.

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Two thirds of EU member states face legal action over energy efficiency http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/member-states-face-legal-action-over-energy-efficiency-313259 http://www.euractiv.com/sections/energy/member-states-face-legal-action-over-energy-efficiency-313259#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:35:14 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36747

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More than two thirds of EU countries face European Commission legal action and possible fines, after failing to translate the EU’s Energy Efficiency Directive into national law…

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UK’s second largest power station to shut next year http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/23/longannet-power-station-to-shut-next-year http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/23/longannet-power-station-to-shut-next-year#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:30:44 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36763

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The 2400 MW Longannet power station in Scotland is set to close in March 2016 after it failed to win a tender for a US$22 million contract to ensure the plant was available when required. The plant, which was built in 1973, was ranked last year as the 21st dirtiest coal plant in Europe. A knock-on effect of the closure will be that the proposed open-cut coal mine at Cauldhall near Edinburgh will be without a market.

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Record fall in UK emissions, while the country’s economy grows http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/03/large-fall-in-uk-emissions-in-2014-official-figures-confirm/ http://www.carbonbrief.org/blog/2015/03/large-fall-in-uk-emissions-in-2014-official-figures-confirm/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:30:15 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36785

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UK carbon dioxide emissions fell by 9.7% in 2014 year-on-year, according to official figures from the Department for Energy and Climate Change. The provisional figures, published today, confirm  Carbon Brief’s estimate published on 4 March of a 9.2% reduction, as the table below shows. A 23% reduction in coal use and record warm temperatures were the main contributors to the decline in emissions. Continued falls in energy use were also a
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EU carbon permits rise as nations agree to seek 2021 fix start http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-26/eu-carbon-permits-rise-as-nations-agree-to-seek-2021-fix-start http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-26/eu-carbon-permits-rise-as-nations-agree-to-seek-2021-fix-start#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:50:15 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36777

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European Union carbon permits fluctuated after governments agreed to seek a market fix starting in 2021, enabling the start of talks with the European Parliament next week.

Benchmark allowances in the world’s biggest emissions market erased losses after member states late Wednesday approved the mandate for talks on the final version of a draft law on a market stability reserve. The reserve would ease a glut of permits that led to a 75 percent drop in emission allowances since 2008 to levels that fail to deter industry from burning coal, the most-polluting fossil fuel.

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The time to de-carbonise Brazil http://adoptanegotiator.org/the-time-to-de-carbonise-brazil/ http://adoptanegotiator.org/the-time-to-de-carbonise-brazil/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 05:53:28 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36880

If Brazil is going to continue its impressive economic growth into the future, we need to rid ourselves of our reliance on fossil fuels. Bur it’s not going to be easy.

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Especially in states like Sao Paulo where we have turned again to fossil fuels to supplement our drought-stricken hydro-power supply. But like other large developing country economies, Brazil cannot simply sit back while China’s growth in renewable energy grew 32 per cent last year.

While we have lead the world in bio-energy for years now, it is time we re-energise our wind and solar sectors that currently lie dormant.

This is also critical to our ability to combat climate change in light of the new global mechanism to be announced in December this year.

While the UN climate negotiations have historically maintained the importance pressuring developed countries to act on climate change, it is now shifting, and the pressure is mounting on Brazil.

We can no longer claim that we “have to pollute to continue to develop our countries”. Considering the current rate of the global renewable energy boom, it no longer makes any sense economically either.

A new development paradigm for Brazil needs to be laid out. A pathway towards a low or zero carbon economy.

However, as one of the world’s great production and agricultural hubs, it may not be so easy to aim for. In a similar manner to China and India, a substantial amount of Brazil’s emissions are “exported” to the developed world through our products.

According to Alexandre Araújo Costa, professor at the University of Ceará and a member of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change (Painel Brasileiro de Mudanças Climáticas), this exporting of emissions is a critical factor we need to account for.

“China has become the biggest polluter in the world, but a huge part of its emissions are ‘exported’, meaning that it was emitted to produce consumer goods to be consumed in other countries, particularly the US and Europe”.

This gives Brazil, and other BRIC countries such as India and China an incredible opportunity to shape sustainable development on a global scale.

If Brazil is able to clean up its agriculture and energy sectors, we would indirectly impact the emissions of all of those countries who consume Brazilian products as well. As such, we now have the chance to regain the lead in the global trasition toward a low carbon economy.

This could also make Brazilian products more attractive on the world stage. Just as organic premiums have seen a rapid rise in popularity around the world, so too  could we see a similar trend in low-carbon products.

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But it is also a critical piece in the global carbon budget puzzle.

According to André Nahur, Climate and Energy Coordinator of WWF Brazil:

“in the path that we are of the emissions, the responsibility has to be shared now. We all have responsibility and the urgency of effective and efficient commitments is shared: China is the 1st polluter; Brazil is the 6th; India is the 3rd; without any effective commitments of these countries we wont have and effective treaty.”

He also noted that, “cooperation with developed countries is crucial, but the ethical and moral responsibility of creating a more resilient and low carbon future lies with all of us”.

The longer we take to implement this moral responsibility across our economy, the harder it will be to catch up to rapidly shifting economic trends. It will also make it much harder to limit global temperature rise to below 2ºC.

In order for the the Paris Agreement to be effective and for our economic prosperity to continue, Brazil must consider rapidly transitioning to a low carbon economy. This is no longer just an environmental question, but an economic imperative.

 

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India Supreme Court to consider probe into Essar Coal scandal http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3008216/Supreme-Court-seeks-government-CBI-views-Essar-case.html http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-3008216/Supreme-Court-seeks-government-CBI-views-Essar-case.html#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:00:44 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36761

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The Supreme Court on Monday sought the responses of the Centre, CBI and the Essar group on a plea seeking a court-monitored probe into the “revelations” of the company’s leaked e-mails, which allegedly point to an “unholy” nexus between politicians, bureaucrats, corporates and journalists.

A three-judge bench, headed by Justice T.S. Thakur, issued notices and sought responses of the parties within six weeks on the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by the NGO Centre for Public Interest Litigation (CPIL) through lawyer and activist Prashant Bhushan.

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India’s Enviroment Minister affirms 2-option INDC: give us cash and we’ll cut emissions faster http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-26/india-to-rich-world-give-us-cash-and-we-ll-cut-emissions-faster http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-03-26/india-to-rich-world-give-us-cash-and-we-ll-cut-emissions-faster#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:00:41 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36745

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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar says he may present the world with a choice ahead of a December global climate meeting: one set of commitments India can fund itself to reign in emissions, and a second more ambitious set if it gets money pledged by developed economies.

“The world has to decide what they want,” Javadekar said in an interview at his office in New Delhi. “Every climate action has a cost. I can’t make my poor pay for somebody who has polluted the world.”

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Life in the Philippines: preparing for the next typhoon Haiyan http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/25/life-in-the-philippines-preparing-for-the-next-typhoon-haiyan http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/mar/25/life-in-the-philippines-preparing-for-the-next-typhoon-haiyan#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:00:12 +0000 http://adoptanegotiator.org/?p=36865

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In 2013, the Philippines had so many typhoons that it ran out of letters to name them. For the first time, the country had got to the end of the alphabet for typhoon names and had to start at ‘a’ again.

The letter ‘y’ proved most devastating. Typhoon Yolanda – known internationally as Haiyan – tore through a swathe of the Philippines on 8 November 2013, leaving more than 6,300 people dead. Nearly 2,000 are still listed as missing.

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