‘Cities need to go green to hit COP21 goals’

Cities need to be built and managed differently if the Paris Agreement targets are to be achieved. That’s according to Future Cities Catapult Chair Keith Clarke, who says $30 trillion (£24.08tn) of infrastructure work will be needed to meet urban priorities against the backdrop of the Paris agreement. This is largely due to massive forecasted increases […]

Don’t abandon Paris climate pact, major businesses tell Trump

Ben & Jerry’s, L’Oreal USA, Nike, The North Face and Vans are among major US organisations urging Donald Trump to back the Paris climate deal. The call from more than 350 businesses comes as the President-elect has previously called global warming a “hoax” and threatened to ditch the landmark agreement, which came into force earlier this […]

EU provided €17.6bn for climate action in developing nations

Contributions from the EU and member states to help developing countries tackle climate change totalled €17.6 billion (£14.25bn) in 2015. That’s according to the EU Economic and Financial Committee (EFC) said stated the figure has increased significantly compared to 2014. The announcement comes ahead of the UN climate change conference in Marrakesh later this year, where ministers will […]

Global corporations ‘failing on Paris ambitions’

Global corporations have begun their transition to a low carbon economy but it is still not enough to meet the goals set in the Paris Agreement. That’s according to a report by Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), which states some multinationals have set emission targets but others have yet to develop strategies that are compatible with the […]

UN approves plans for new global warming report

The UN has approved plans for a new report to explore the impacts of global warming. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has given the go-ahead for the study which was requested at COP21 in December. It will analyse the impacts of warming of 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission […]

India ratifies Paris Agreement

India is the latest country which has deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN. The nation, which is one of the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitters, has committed to generate at least 40% of its electricity from non-fossil fuel sources by 2030. In December, around 195 countries agreed to take action to […]

Ukraine is latest country to ratify Paris Agreement

Ukraine has become the latest country to ratify the climate deal agreed in Paris last year. That takes the total number of countries that have formally ratified the agreement to 29. They account for 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Bahamas, Norway and Belgium are among the countries which have also ratified the climate deal […]

Theresa May: UK will ratify Paris climate deal this year

Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed the UK will ratify the Paris Agreement before the end of the year. During her speech to the UN General Assembly, she said the country will start its domestic procedures to enable ratification of the climate deal. In December at the COP21 conference in Paris, more than 195 countries […]

Energy minister: UK will ratify Paris climate deal ‘as quickly as possible’

Energy and Climate Minister Nick Hurd has insisted the UK will ratify the COP21 climate deal “as quickly as possible”. Speaking at a climate change event in London yesterday, he said: “Please be under no illusion, we will ratify Paris and we will do it as quickly as possible. Of course Brexit changes so much. The […]

Paris Agreement will ‘intensify oil and gas sector regulation’

The impact of regulation in the oil and gas sector is set to be intensified due to the Paris Agreement. That’s according to a study by Chatham House which analysed the impact of the international climate action agreed at COP21 in fossil fuels. It added given the gap between current Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) and the goal of limiting […]