Vietnam reviews #coal expansion in wake of #ParisAgreement reports @takvera

In the wake of the Paris agreement, Vietnam has announced a review of all it’s new coal power stations in the planning pipeline and under contruction. Vietnam is currently the third largest builder of coal plants in the world. In a statement (vn) released on 19th January, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung stated the government’s intention to “review development plans of all new coal plants and halt any new coal power development”. In addition, the Premier stated that Vietnam needs to “responsibly implement all international commitments in cutting down greenhouse gas emissions; and to accelerate investment in renewable energy.” an implied reference to the Paris Agreement from the UN […]

The Paris moment for #climatejustice. @takvera on the historic #Parisagreement of #COP21

In the history of the World the Paris Agreement will be regarded as an historic moment. Even though it was far from perfect and didn’t go far enough. It was part of the Paris moment for climate justice. Paris was a moral turning point. When 195 countries agreed by consensus to set a target to decarbonise by the later half of the century, an ambitious climate temperature goal and an international framework to achieve it. It signifies the turning of the tide against fossil fuel pollution, although as Naomi Klein highlights, fossil fuels is not mentioned once in the agreement. The Paris Agreement (PDF) is far from a fair deal […]

Thousands protest for #climatejustice in Paris #D12 as #COP21 concludes reports @takvera

Even though the State of Emergency which prohibits large political protests is still in place, tens of thousands turned out on the streets of Paris for climate justice in various creative protests. The French state on Friday, relented, and allowed the protest to go ahead. For two weeks activists had been planning a day for redlines for the climate emergency, to defy the state crackdown on the right to freedom of speech and assembly. Organisers had embarked on civil disobedience training of thousands of people at the Climate Action Zone in preparation for the day. The Climate emergency, it was argued, was far more important than the security restrictions imposed […]

Australia to join Coalition of High Ambition? #COP21 #climate report by @takvera #auspol

On Friday afternoon with the talks drawing to a close I attended a press conference called by the Marshall Islands. It featured Tony DeBrum, the Marshall Islands Foreign Minister, as well as several ministers in the Coalition of Ambition here at the Conference of Parties. This new grouping is not a negotiating bloc, but a coalition of parties that want to emphasis and push for much higher ambition at these talks. Tony De Brum said “You’ve read things in the media. We want you to hear from us directly. The High Ambition Coalition is emerging as a result of collective efforts of developed and developing countries.” It is a cross […]

#Climate red lines in the #COP21 UN Blue Zone and for Paris reports @takvera

Thursday was a long night with negotiators working on a draft text released at 9pm Thursday evening. Friday was set aside for bilateral discussions. A new text is due on Saturday morning. There is still much at stake in these negotiations, and we will not know the full final outcome until the gavel goes down sometime over the weekend. Greenpeace released a statement on Thursday night based on the 9pm draft text. Martin Kaiser, head of international climate politics at Greenpeace, said: “This thing isn’t over until the conference closes, but what’s on the table just isn’t good enough. It’s a very big problem that the emissions targets on the […]

#FossiloftheDay for Julie Bishop’s endorsement of #coal for Australia reports @takvera

Australia and Argentina shared a first place Fossil of the Day award for Wednesday 9th December at the UN Climate Change conference in Paris, for fostering coal projects when the world is rapidly turning away from coal due to the impact of greenhouse gases in driving climate change. Leader of the Australian Greens Senator Richard Di Natale was on hand to receive the award for Australia. Both Argentina and Australia endorsed inclusion of the 1.5 degree temperature limit, along with the 2 degree C limit, in the operative text of the draft agreement during negotiations. At least 109 countries of the 196 countries attending the conference have stated they want […]

Aviation and shipping emissions shamed by #FossiloftheDay at #COP21 reports @takvera

There are many intricacies to negotiating a climate agreement covering greenhouse gas emissions. One of the areas easy to overlook is aviation and shipping sector emissions. Emissions from aviation and shipping are projected to grow, so it is important that they are considered in any climate agreement. Aviation is responsible for almost 5 percent of all global warming and its emissions are predicted to grow by up to 300 per cent in 2050. Emissions from bunkers is also forecast to grow 270% by 2050. Such growth rates would make the target of keeping the global temperature increase to under 1.5 or 2°C almost impossible to achieve. Yet international shipping and […]

Corporate Greenwashing and conflict of interest at UN climate conference #COP21 reports @takvera

I was surprised at what I found of the extent of conflict of interest between the sponsors of the UN Climate Conference, the French State and the UNFCCC secretariat. On Thursday evening I left the UN climate conference at the Le Bourget centre straight after the Fossil of the Day ceremony at 6pm to attend the Pinocchio awards which examines and compares the greenwashed credentials of major corporations. These awards are run by Amis de la Terre (Friends of the Earth) to highlight corporate mal-practices. The three categories being judged were local impacts, lobbying and greenwashing. It was a full house, and even arriving a little late, it was a […]

Australia agrees to 1.5 degrees inclusion in #COP21 Draft climate agreement reports @takvera

As Environment Minister Greg Hunt departs after the first week and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop takes over negotiations at the UN climate conference, Australia has supported inclusion of the 1.5 degrees limit in the main draft text along with the 2 degrees limit, according to the Sydney Morning Herald. This is an important goal for many of our Pacific neighbors and nations of the Climate Vulnerable Forum. One hundred and eight nations, so far, have said they want this lower limit included. #Germany officially supports the 1.5deg goal along with 108 other countries from the #climatevulnerableforum #COP21 pic.twitter.com/lPjB1n2Byc — Kellie Caught (@kelliecaught) December 4, 2015 Among civil society there is […]

City summit commits to 100 percent #renewables by 2050 #go100RE reports @takvera from #COP21

A meeting of nearly a 1,000 city mayors from around the world meeting in Paris signed a declaration on Friday that supports a municipal transition to 100 percent Renewable Energy. Read the declaration (PDF) Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo said according to a report on Citiscope, “As I told the negotiators when bringing them our contribution, cities are not waiting for them to give us the solution,” she said. “We are moving ahead and making a solution possible.” Michael Bloomberg, 3 times Mayor of New York, spoke to the gathering and said, “Climate change is the most fundamental and existential threat to our species,” he said. “The consequences are unthinkable and […]