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Climate march in Marrakech during COP22, 13 November 2016 climate change

Musings from Marrakech: Reflections on the COP22 climate negotiations






Compared to last year’s COP21 in Paris, the work that needed to be hammered out in Marrakech was never going to be the most glamorous, but as we again break global records for the hottest year on record, it is especially significant. And it delivered more of a roller-coaster course than expected. From celebrating the […]

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Can we see the light at the end of the forest? © Will Ashley-Cantello forests

Mock exam on zero deforestation: how did we do?






Today, a significant progress report on forest conservation across the world will be launched. Pre-released last week, the collaborative assessment led by Climate Focus in partnership with other organizations assesses progress towards the international goals in the 2015 New York Declaration on Forests. It shows a mixed scorecard and highlights deficiencies in data. The new progress […]

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Water shortages in the Pantanal’s headwaters: unthinkable?






It seems absurd that a region abundant in fresh water, located in the fertile headwaters of Brazil’s Pantanal, would face water supply problems, but this has become the sad reality for Tangará da Serra municipality. In Tangará’s Triângulo District, for at least three months, hundreds of families have been without water. Water pumps have stopped […]

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Volunteers needed! Ensure ICAO’s global aviation climate measure works for people and planet






Right now, 191 countries are in the final throes of negotiating a global climate agreement for the aviation sector. It’s happening at the Assembly of the UN International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) in Montreal. By far the majority of countries support the deal, which would require airlines to offset the industry’s growth in emissions from […]

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Sign for the new BEIS Department © gov.uk

Could BEIS be the vehicle the low carbon economy has been waiting for?






Climate change took centre stage in the controversy surrounding the formation of Theresa May’s government this July. One day into her premiership, it was announced that DECC would be merged with BIS, to form BEIS. Politicians and campaigners were quick to point out that, in the acronym acrobatics of the new Prime Minister’s departmental restructure, […]

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Brexit need not mean the end of the UK’s strong environmental rules says WWF legal adviser Debbie Tripley






The European Union has contributed a lot to environmental policies in the UK, such as the EU Birds and Habitats directives, which saw the rare bittern brought back from the brink of extinction in the UK, and which have protected a range of wildlife sites up and down our country and across Europe. Now that […]

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Sardine shoal © Wanderlasss

Viable long-term economic plan needs a natural capital “Stress test”






Nature is fundamental to human life, underpinning our well-being, and our economies. It provides the food, energy and materials that are vital to economic prosperity and development, and provides other ‘ecosystem services’ such as flood protection, pollination of our crops, and clean air and water that are crucial for the living standards we enjoy today. […]

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