Climate 411: United Nations

There’s progress on climate standards for international aviation, but more needed

2 months 4 weeks ago
If you fly, aviation emissions are likely the largest part of your personal carbon footprint. Absent policy change, aviation’s emissions are slated to triple in the coming decades, making it one of the fastest-growing sources of carbon pollution worldwide. To achieve the Paris Agreement goals of holding warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius and […]
Kristin Qui

Will governments disappoint again on carbon accounting at upcoming aviation meetings?

6 months 1 week ago
Some major companies, including airlines, took the lead last December in Katowice, Poland in rejecting the use of dubious carbon credits toward their climate efforts. Despite this drumbeat against bad rules for cooperative approaches under Article 6 of the Paris agreement, experienced government negotiators fell short and did not finalize these guidelines in Katowice. This […]
Kristin Qui

Momentum Builds for Agriculture at COP 24

8 months 1 week ago
Agriculture negotiators arrived in Katowice, Poland eager to get to work on the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture during COP 24. Over the course of the first week of the COP, it became clear that the negotiators were determined to keep the momentum towards addressing agriculture issues in the context of climate change.
Breanna Lujan

7 reasons avoiding double counting of emissions reductions helps countries, and the environment

10 months 2 weeks ago
Meeting the Paris Agreement’s ambitious goal – to hold “the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 °C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5 °C above pre-industrial level” – will necessitate dramatic reductions in total emissions of greenhouse gases. Market-based approaches that follow well-established […]
Alex Hanafi

Once is enough: how climate negotiators can protect the environmental integrity of the Paris Agreement by avoiding double counting

11 months 1 week ago
Climate ambition is often thought of in terms of the stringency of emission reduction commitments, expressed by countries under the landmark Paris Agreement as Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). While the NDCs that have been pledged by countries are important, they are only the first step. To truly assess progress in reducing global climate pollution, it […]
Alex Hanafi

Sowing the seeds of a roadmap for agriculture

1 year 3 months ago
At last November’s COP23 in Germany, Parties involved in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) negotiations on agriculture celebrated a notable victory after agreeing to create the Koronivia Joint Work on Agriculture (KJWA). The KJWA marks a shift in focus from agricultural adaptation activities only, to a broader discussion of mitigation related […]
Breanna Lujan

Agriculture negotiations reach agreement at COP23

1 year 9 months ago
In what could be the iconic decision of COP 23, negotiators in Bonn agreed to new future negotiation processes to “jointly address” a number of new agriculture topics, overcoming longstanding hurdles that had blocked progress on the topic in recent years. Why is this important? Emissions from agriculture are expected to continue growing as the […]
Chris Meyer
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