"What does that mean? Not getting off fossil fuels but reducing emissions? You're not buying the CCS (carbon capture and storage) nonsense are you? Are you? If you see a separation between getting off fossil fuels as one thing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions as another, then the only way to reconcile those two positions is to believe in the tooth fairy."
"The window for action is closing fast -- we need to do more and we need to do it now." Gore added.
Note: According to the Global CCS Institute, 18 large-scale CO2 trapping facilities are in operation with five in various stages of construction, and another 20 in various stages of development worldwide. (Source: Daily Caller, Global CCS Institute, Various Media, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Global CCS Institute, Brad Page, CEO, www.globalccsinstitute.com
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Macron also called for EU member countries to
levy a carbon tax on foreign direct investment (FDI) income derived from coal, oil and gas extraction, the report recommends. The French president said Countries -- especially those that position themselves as climate leaders -- should have to account for the carbon intensity of their trade
(Source: Transport & Environment, Various Media, 4 Dec., 2017)
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The initiative is intended to encourage electric power producers to move away from coal in favor of solar PV and other renewable energy sources. The country is aiming at carbon neutrality by 2050.
Under the Powering Past Coal Alliance, of which Portugal is a member, countries commit to taking action such as setting coal phase-out targets and ending further investments in coal-fired electricity domestically and abroad.
(Source: Portuguese Environment Minister, Kallanish Energy, Others, 21 Nov., 2017)
Contact: Powering Past Coal Alliance, www.e3g.org/library/powering-past-coal-at-cop23; Portuguese Environment Minister, www.portugal.gov.pt/pt/ministerios/mamb.aspx
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The Alliance is open to businesses and aims to have 50 members within the next 12 months. It also plans to spearhead efforts to move the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries beyond coal by 2030 -- and all nations by 2050.
The formation of the Alliance follows the launch earlier this month of the Europe Beyond Coal initiative, backed by 28 countries and European civil society groups united in their commitment to abandon coal energy. (Source: Innovators, 18 Nov., 2017) Contact: Europe Beyond Coal, https://beyond-coal.eu
Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), www.oecd.org
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The health effects of air pollution from burning coal, including respiratory diseases and premature deaths, impose massive costs in both human and economic terms. A recent analysis found that more than 800 000 people around the world die each year from the pollution generated by burning coal.
As a result, phasing out traditional coal power is one of the most important steps governments can take to tackle climate change and meet our commitment to keep global temperature increase well below 2 degrees C and pursue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees C. To meet the Paris Agreement, the analysis shows that coal phase-out is needed by no later than 2030, in countries that are part of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development and the European Union, and by no later than 2050, in the rest of the world.
The cost of generating electricity from wind and solar power has plummeted: clean power is the low-cost option in a growing number of jurisdictions worldwide. Global investments in new renewable power now significantly surpass investments in new coal-fired electricity, and clean growth represents an opportunity worth trillions of dollars.
Countries moving toward low-carbon, climate-resilient economies are already seeing environmental, economic, and human-health benefits. Our coalition wants to help accelerate that transition.
Powering Past Coal brings together a diverse range of governments, businesses, and organizations, which are united in taking action to accelerate clean growth and climate protection through the rapid phase-out of traditional coal power. We commit to achieving that phase-out in a sustainable and economically inclusive way, while providing appropriate support for workers and communities. More specifically,
To support these goals, the partners in Powering Past Coal will work together to share real-world examples and best practices to support the phase-out of coal, including through climate financing, and adopt practical initiatives that support this transition, including developing clean-energy plans and targets.
Alliance partners include: Alberta (Canada),
Angola, Austria, Belgium, British Columbia (Canada), Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, El Salvador, Fiji, Finland, France, Italy, Luxembourg, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Niue, Ontario (Canada), Oregon, Portugal, Quebec (Canada), Switzerland, UK, City of Vancouver, Washington State."
(Source: Powering Past Coal Alliance, Nov., 2017)
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"We hope that all sides adhere to the principles of equity, common but differentiated responsibilities, and their respective capabilities, and consider the actual conditions of each country while pushing negotiations on implementing the Paris Agreement," Xie said.
He said he also hoped that all sides would speed up ratification of the Doha Amendment that establishes the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, and that developed countries would continue to uphold their obligation to provide funds, technology and capacity-building to developing countries. (Source: Global Times, Xinhua, 19 Nov., 2017)
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Former NYC Mayor and billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg commenting on Trump White House climate advisor George David Banks' promoting clean coal at COP23 conference in Bonn
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"We should not negotiate (trade deals) with countries who are less ambitious than us because that would reduce our collective ambitions.
We need a border tax in which we'll make it possible for us to protect economic sectors as there are imports from countries who do not respect these goals and are not supporting the environmental transition."
The second largest bloc within the European Parliament, the Socialists and Democrats, is also calling for an EU border carbon tax.
(Source: SBS, Various Media, 15 Nov., 2017)
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The U.N. award recognizes California Senate Bill 1383
aimed at cutting California's methane and hydrofluorocarbon gases to 40 pct and black carbon to 50 pct below 2013 levels by 2030. This year, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) began the process of meeting the bill's targetswith the approval of approved new regulations to cut down on methane emissions from oil and gas field operations by more closely monitoring and repairing methane leaks. (Source: CARB, Various Media, WQED, 12 Nov., 2017) Contact: CARB, (800) 242-4450, email@example.com, www.arb.ca.gov
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McKenna is touting Canada's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, including a national carbon pricing plan and federal-provincial moves to shut down traditional coal-fired power by 2030.
U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry is proposing an American-led alliance that would encourage developing countries to adopt and invest in more efficient coal plants and stress "the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation."
(Source: Globe & Mail, 13 Nov., 2017)Contact:
Canadian Environment Minister Catherine McKenna, www.canada.ca/en/government/ministers/catherine-mckenna.html; Clair Perry-MP, www.gov.uk/government/people/claire-perry; U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry, (202) 586-5000, https://twitter.com/secretaryperry?lang=en
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U.S. emissions were set to decline by 0.4 pct in 2017, a smaller fall than in recent years, also reflecting more burning of coal. Emissions had been roughly flat between 2014 and 2016.
The Global Carbon Project (GCP) studies the integrated picture of the carbon cycle and other interacting biogeochemical cycles, including biophysical and human dimensions and their interactions and feedbacks.
The GCP objective is covered by three themes: Diagnostics -- Patterns and variability of natural and anthropogenic carbon sources and sinks; Vulnerability -- Processes and feedbacks of the biophysical-human system; and Low Carbon -- Carbon management and policy.
(Source: Global Carbon Project, The Independent, 13 Nov., 2017) Contact: Global Carbon Project, www.globalcarbonproject.org
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"We (the coalition) should have a seat at the (COP23) table and the ability to work with our peers in other nations. That is the aim of our pavilion." -- Former NYC Mayor, billionaire philanthropist Michael Bloomberg launching AMERICAS PLEDGE a coalition of cities, states and businesses representing more than half of the US economy in Boon, 11 Nov., 2017.
Bloomberg, the UN climate body's special envoy for cities, said non-state actors had already taken the US "half way" to meeting the national carbon-cutting pledge made under former president Barack Obama: a 26-28 pct cut in emissions from 2005 levels by 2025.
The IMO also reports the significant global reduction in the sulphur content of the fuel oil used by ships from 1 January 2020 is expected to further contribute to maritime GHG emissions through the anticipated resulting uptake of alternative fuels.
IMO also noted its capacity-building and technical cooperation with the UNDP-GEF-IMO global energy efficiency project (GloMEEP) and the European-Union funded maritime technology cooperation centre's network (GMN) project.
(Source: IMO, Marine Link, 7 Nov., 2017)Contact:
IMO, Stefan Micallef, Director of Marine Environment Division, +44 (0) 20 7735 7611, www.imo.org
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Under the Paris agreement, the EU has committed to cut CO2 emissions by at least 40% pct by 2030 while modernizing the EU's economy and delivering on jobs and growth for all European citizens. In 2016, EU emissions decreased by 0.7 pct while GDP grew by 1.9 pct.
The EU is one of the major economies with the lowest per capita emissions, and the emissions per unit of GDP continue to fall. The progress report also looks at the EU's contribution to international climate action. In 2016, the EU and its Member States continued to be a major provider of climate finance to developing countries, increasing their overall contribution to last year reach €20.2 billion.
(Source: EU, EC,New Europe Online/KG, 7 Nov., 2017)
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Fiji, which is the presiding President of the COP23 conference now underway in Bonn to 17 Nov., says COP 23 brings a sense of urgency as several Pacific islands are threatened by rising sea level and could soon disappear underwater. (Source: Fiji Times, 6 Nov., 2017) Contact: COP23 President Fifi, www.cop23.com.fj
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The Syrian announcement leaves the US "alone in the desert" as the world's only country -- large or small, rich or poor -- not signed on to the landmark climate deal after "The Donald" Trump announced the U.S. economy "couldn't afford the economic impact" of the deal.
In announcing the Syrian change of heart, the country's Deputy Minister of "The Syrian Arab Republic supports the implementation of Paris climate change accord, in order to achieve the desired global goals and to reflect the principles of justice and shared responsibility, but in accordance with the capabilities of each of the signatories." (Source: BBC, Various Media, 7 Nov., 2017)
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The NRDC has identified the following key themes it expects to dominate the meetings: (listen to the recording):
At the up coming COP23 meet in Bonn, China is expected to unveil a planned national carbon trading scheme launch in 2018. The Chinese plan, which is expected to be modeled after the European Union's carbon marketplace, still has "problems" that need to be fixed before the "very complex" scheme can be launched nationwide, according to Chinese climate policy makers in Beijing. (Source: Xinhua, Financial Times, 31 Oct., 2017)
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