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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:18

Today, we are racing towards tipping points in earth systems, for example in West Antarctica. We have reached societal tipping points with thousands of people on the streets, protesting for more ambitious climate policies. With all this pressure, ECO asks itself: What needs to happen for the negotiations to reach a tipping point themselves, to speed up and adequately address the climate crisis we are facing?

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:16

Do you remember that kid at school that was loquacious or an empty suit? 

Someone who talks a lot and always has something to say. Someone who thinks they have all the good arguments to save the world but when it’s time to deliver their words don’t mean anything. 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:14

ECO has been noting with interest here in Bonn the countries which have been bold enough to ‘Step Up’ and answer the question, ‘What will you be doing to enhance your NDC?’  So far (drum roll…) we have found that out of all the countries who have dropped by the Step Up booth, there are 31 heroes who are willing to go on record to talk about how they will contribute more to the global efforts to reduce emissions and address the climate emergency. 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:12

Dr. Hélène Connor died last Friday 21st of June on a flight as she returned home from a long-wished trip to Tibet. Hélène was a Montreal University Ph.D and a graduate of France’s top business school Hautes Etudes Commerciales. This soft spoken, unassuming and charming Frenchwoman was radiantly brilliant.

She was a real multitasking powerhouse of ideas, advocacy, scholarly research and innovative thinking regarding all aspects of the energy transition to 100% renewables and overcoming energy poverty in developing countries. 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:10

It has come to ECO’s attention that some rich countries may need a quick refresher course in the basics of mathematics. There are four elementary arithmetic operations: + (addition), − (subtraction), × (multiplication) and ÷ (division). Let’s put these to use in some examples:

Addition

Country A has a four-year budget allocation for multilateral climate funds of £2 billion. It decides to give £300 million to the Global Environment Facility (GEF), £200 million to the Adaptation Fund and £1.5 billion to the Green Climate Fund (GCF).

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:08

In the loss and damage negotiations, ECO sometimes hears the argument that no additional sources of finance are needed. Some say, for example, that humanitarian finance is available to address the impacts of weather disasters. But what are the facts? The latest Humanitarian Finance Update from the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) shows that, out of the total amount assessed as humanitarian funding requirements of US$ 26.42 billion, only 18.6%, equivalent to US$ 4.91 billion have been made available.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:06

Who are the climate leaders in this era of emergency? ECO would argue they are typically found outside this conference centre. They are the everyday people on the frontlines of confronting the fossil fuel industry (psst … the biggest cause of the climate crisis), defending human rights, and working to transition their communities to 100% clean and renewable energy. 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:04

ECO is excited to see the trickle of pledged national net zero goals gaining momentum, with the potential to become a flood by 2020 when, ECO reminds you, all countries should have submitted updated NDCs in line with the 1.5ºC imperative and the need to reduce global CO2 emissions by around half by 2030.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 20:02

ECO gets the feeling that negotiators prefer to talk about the past rather than about the future… 

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, June 24, 2019 - 20:18

With apologies to Justin Timberlake:
I’m bringin’ science back (yeah)
Some of the boys don’t know how to act (yeah)
I think it’s special, the IPCC and facts (yeah)
So workshops ho! the report we’ll unpack (yeah)


Last week, science got a rough ride in the SBSTA item on the IPCC SR1.5, with the Saudi assault on attempts to fulfill the COP instructions to engage with the content of the IPCC report.

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