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The Sky is not for Shell: Side-event with Shell, BP and Chevron Leaves Many Protecting their Ears

7 Dec 2019

We’re almost halfway through COP25 and carbon markets remain the talk of the day. The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA), which was co-founded by Shell, is going full speed ahead to keep markets high on the agenda. Yesterday, the IETA pavilion hosted six side events on the topic. This is no coincidence.  Last year in […]

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Part 2: When Your Negotiator Says ˜Why do We Need Loss & Damage Finance’? Who You Gonna Call? ˜ECO!”

7 Dec 2019

Yesterday ECO answered some developed countries” questions on why a new finance facility on loss & damage (L&D) was needed, how L&D should be defined, and why new and additional finance is needed to address L&D. Countries loved it so much that they asked ECO a few more questions. So, by popular demand, ECO is […]

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The Erosion of Ice and Identity in the Arctic

7 Dec 2019

We all know the reason for our annual COP convergence: avoiding catastrophic climate change. The IPCC told the world that we have the next 10 years to close the emissions gap, but the message from National Inuit Youth Council President, Crystal Martin-Lapenskie, is “Inuit living in the Arctic don’t have 10 years. We are experiencing […]

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Voices from the Front Lines: Loss and Damage: the Price of Carbon in the Philippines!

7 Dec 2019

On 2 December, category 4 typhoon Kammuri made landfall in the Bicol region of the Philippines. Several hours prior, Paula Guevara, a resident in the region, recalls a literal calm before the storm. Then she heard a whistling sound she had only previously heard during typhoon Haiyan in 2013. Her household then lost power. And […]

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Australia Needs to Start its NDC at the Starting Line, Not Half-way Through the Race

7 Dec 2019

Imagine if in the Olympics you could get away with starting the race half way down the track. That is what Australia plans to do with its NDC €” to carryover a controversial “overachievement” from its modest Kyoto Protocol commitments to extinguish half the effort required to meet its very deficient 2030 target. Australia has […]

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The Conversation Continues… OMGE! Convincing a Skeptic on “Automatic Cancellation”

7 Dec 2019

Welcome back! ECO’s conversation with an OMGE automatic cancellation skeptic was just too [lengthy][complex][exciting] for one day. Mandatory partial cancellation ensures that Article 6 goes beyond zero-sum offsetting (a principle and requirement under Article 6.4 of the Paris Agreement. Mandatory partial cancellation is a process where buyers (like a country or an airline for compliance […]

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Multilateral Assessment – We’ve Got Questions for You

7 Dec 2019

ECO is excited to see so many Annex I Parties participating in the multilateral assessment of their biennial reports. ECO congratulates Parties for participating and thinks the multilateral assessment can be a great place to share experiences and lessons learned with other Parties in a constructive environment. We look forward to hearing your presentations and […]

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The Just and Equitable Transition: Where is my Home?

7 Dec 2019

Meeting the 1.5°C target means all Parties must transition away from dirty fossil fuels to clean and renewable energy as fast as possible, in line with the IPCC science and deadlines. This shift from dirty to clean power isn’t the whole story though: the necessary energy transition must also be centered in justice and equity, […]

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Climate Finance Reporting QUIZ

6 Dec 2019

Climate Finance Reporting QUIZ Think you know all about climate finance? Think you understand what’s at stake in new rules for reporting?  Take ECO’s TRUE or FALSE quiz to find out€¦ Close to 60% of all climate finance in 2017 was in the form of loans -> TRUE And not only that, loans which amounted […]

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Natural ecosystems: a Real Solution to the Climate Crisis

6 Dec 2019

The huge forest fires raging across many countries send a clear signal €” we need to keep our natural ecosystems intact or risk losing the fight against the climate emergency. Indeed, the IPCC 1.5 report was unequivocal: we cannot keep global warming below 1.5°C without tackling the crisis facing nature. ECO notes the buzzword “nature-based […]

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