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Adaptation – The Quiet Giant / Adaptación – El gigante silencioso (ECO 7, COP26)

8 Nov 2021

If only it was all like Adaptation. As controversies rage around us, your ECO Adaptation correspondent sits in the calm of the sort of gentle, collaborative and determined consensus building that should characterise all climate negotiations. If only. Adaptation is the quiet giant of the convention.  The Nairobi Work Programme, the Adaptation Fund, National Adaptation […]

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Climate Justice Isn’t a Hashtag – First Nations Leadership Is the Only Way To a Safe Climate / La justicia climática no es un hashtag: el liderazgo de las primeras naciones es el único camino hacia un clima seguro (ECO 7, COP26)

8 Nov 2021

Can you be shocked and not surprised at the same time? It’s one thing to hear the term “climate colonialism” and it’s another to see and feel it up close. It oozes out of every plenary, every action room, nearly every side event at this COP – and is propagated by governments, corporations, and I’m […]

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Resisting the Inevitable: The Saudi Arabian Dilemma / Resistir lo inevitable: El dilema de Arabia Saudí (ECO 7, COP26)

8 Nov 2021

The Gulf region is rich in fossil fuels, which have been the driver of its economy for decades. Fossil fuels therefore have a deep-rooted social license, and national fossil fuel companies are a source of national pride. Of course, this has contributed to climate denialism over the last three decades, despite the impacts that have […]

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An End To Empty Promises On Nature And Forests? (ECO 6, COP26)

6 Nov 2021

Unlike the food options at the venue, the Glasgow initiatives include an astonishing array of new announcements to scale up forest and “nature” climate action. Yay! Amazing, right? But, hold on… doesn’t this sound familiar? Let ECO look back for a moment at all the forest climate initiatives of the last decades and see if […]

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A Fair Share Fossil Phase Out (ECO 6, COP26)

6 Nov 2021

In his opening remarks this week, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said “our addiction to fossil fuels is pushing humanity to the brink. We face a stark choice: Either we stop it — or it stops us”. ECO sees this as yet more evidence that the world needs to tackle fossil fuels head on.  The challenge is […]

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Fossil of the Day (ECO 6, COP26)

6 Nov 2021

First Prize goes to Brazil First place in today’s Fossil of the Week goes to Brazil, for its ghastly and unacceptable treatment of indigenous people. On Monday, indigenous activist Txai Suruí, was lauded for her powerful conference speech telling world leaders about the impact climate change is already having on her tribe. Unfortunately, this didn’t […]

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The Ocean May Be a Side-Event At COP26, But Its Influence On the Climate is Not (ECO 5, COP26)

5 Nov 2021

In case you forgot, ECO wants to remind you: the ocean, covering 70 per cent of our planet’s surface, drives global weather systems and the climate, and is the world’s largest long-term store of biological carbon. It is sucking up 20 to 30 per cent of global emissions and absorbing over 90 per cent of […]

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The Presidency’s Lonely Dialogue (ECO 5, COP26)

5 Nov 2021

ECO was awaiting yesterday’s Open Dialogue with excitement. After all, this is a key event to “enable admitted NGO constituencies to have an open dialogue with Parties” as mandated in (FCCC/SBI/2017/7). However, after arriving ECO had to look in the dictionary to make sure that dialogue indeed means the kind of conversation that is carried […]

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India Presents: The Sustainable Development Mechanism To Drive Ambition (ECO 5, COP26)

5 Nov 2021

India Presents: The Sustainable Development Mechanism To Drive Ambition India, what happened to your “cooperative and constructive” engagement on Article 6? ECO hasn’t seen much of that lately, and was particularly struck by your comments yesterday. It’s as if you carefully read all of our previous articles and decided to promote the exact opposite of […]

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Koronivia family: Serving An Empty Pot After All These Years of Cooking? (ECO 5, COP26)

5 Nov 2021

The Koronivia family has gathered many times in the last years, in person and online. Through nearly a dozen workshops we have spent time together sharing recipes, listening to experts ranging from smallholder farmers to IPCC scientists, and cooking up real solutions to feed the world and cool the planet. We’re so close to serving […]

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