Under Trump US goes rogue in leaving #ParisAgreement reports @takvera

This article was originally published at Climate Action Moreland by John Englart, who has attended COP21 and COP22 as an NGO observer. President Trump has announced the United States withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, but says he is also open to a renegotiation. Germany, France, Italy and other nations say that the Paris Agreement is a framework agreement and is structured in such a way that it is not open to renegotiation. The announcement brought condemnation from many world leaders, negotiators and civil society. British journalist George Monbiot described it as a crime against humanity. The UNFCCC Secretariat released a statement saying it was ready to engage in dialogue with […]

Newcastle celebrates #ParisAgreement entry into force with a 2100 #sealevelrise mark – @takvera

On November 4, residents of Newcastle in the Hunter region of New South Wales celebrated the entry into force of the Paris Agreement. Hundreds of people woke up early and formed a high water tide mark line to indicate where sea level rise may reach by 2100. “Hundreds of people have come together in Newcastle this morning in response to the governments failure to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement, which comes into force today. The group formed a blue line signifying the predicted high tide for Newcastle in 2100 and are calling on the federal government to ratify the agreement and start phasing out fossil fuels as a matter of […]

Tweet reveals Australia’s efforts to ratify #ParisAgreement by 15 November at #COP22 – @takvera

Segolene Royal, France’s minister for the Environment, in tweeting a photo with Josh Frydenberg, appeared to announce when Australia is likely to lodge our Paris Agreement ratification documents. “Entretien avec le ministre de l’Environnement d’Australie : l’Australie met tout en œuvre pour ratifier l’#AccordDeParis le 15/11 #COP21” she said. This translates as: A meeting with the Australian Environment Minister: Australia is making every effort to ratify the #ParisAgreement by 15/11 #COP21 An unusual way to hear about an Australian treaties process and when it is likely to be complete. 15 November is also much earlier than expected for finalisation of this treaty process. The Paris Agreement was only tabled in […]

China, United States ratify #ParisAgreement says @takvera while Australia fumbles in #Auspol

On Saturday China agreed to ratify the Paris Agreement according to the Guardian, with members of China’s National People’s Congress Standing Committee adopting “the proposal to review and ratify the Paris Agreement” on Saturday morning. China is the world’s largest greenhouse gas emitter with about 24 percent of total global emissions. The USA is second on about 12 percent of global emissions. The report comes on the eve of the G20 summit in Hangzhou China over the weekend, where China, US set to release review of each other’s fossil fuel subsidies in historic move at G20 summit according to the South China Morning Post. The announcement comes as Xi Jinping […]