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Drawing Parallels at the Latin COP

13 Dec 2019

Negotiations are falling apart, in a stark reflection of the political climate in Latin America. After several attempts at holding COP25 in Latin America, we have found ourselves back in Europe, hosting a Latin American Presidency in Spain. The agenda has polarized talks on common time frames, the transparency framework, and adaptation. Progress in the negotiations […]

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Bending the Curve for a Better World: Why Distant “Net” Zero Targets Are Not Enough to Drive the Near-Term Action We Need

13 Dec 2019

ECO is in need of a good glass of Spanish wine over which to reflect on COP25’s failure to match the urgent demands for climate action being made by our fellow citizens back home. The emphasis now shifts to real climate action at the national level €” where it really counts.“Net zero” targets have become […]

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Och Aye the COP

13 Dec 2019

In many ways, the COP can take place anywhere. Inside the halls, meeting rooms and plenary spaces of IFEMA, you could be forgiven for forgetting that you are in in Spain at all. Each year the COP comes to town and creates a world of its own. Whether you are in Katowice, Bonn, Marrakech or […]

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It’s Not Time to Say Goodbye

13 Dec 2019

Dear Party delegates, 2019 has been a year in which millions of people have taken their demands to the streets (and hundreds to the halls of the IFEMA Conference Center), clearly voicing our discontent with the c-o-m-p-l-e-t-e lack of ambition to address the climate emergency. With only 17 days separating us from 2020 €” the […]

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Voices From the Front Lines

13 Dec 2019

At COP24 in Katowice, 14 accredited participants were stopped at the border and denied entry into Poland so that they would not be able to attend the COP. These people were from the Ukraine, Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Georgia. After 1 year, it is still a mystery to ECO on how the Polish authorities identified those […]

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IEA: Where’s the 1.5°C Energy Roadmap We Need?

13 Dec 2019

As countries make plans to ramp up their NDCs, they need a 1.5°C scenario to help them chart a course away from fossil fuels. On Tuesday evening, the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) Executive Director Fatih Birol took to the plenary stage for the Energy Day Ministerial meeting. Energy ministers from around the world shared the […]

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NDCs

13 Dec 2019

Six long months ago CAN published a briefing on climate change and the SDGs which rightly sought to bring the discussion way beyond goal 13 on climate change. In this, it argued that efforts to achieve all the goals are dependent on efforts to respond to global heating. The clue is in the ‘sustainable”. Similarly, […]

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

12 Dec 2019

ECO [welcomes] [recognizes] [notes] the publication of the triad of chapeau decisions, known to all you negotiating lovelies by the melodic monikers 1/CP.25, 1/CMP.15 and 1/CMA.2. There are good elements in the current drafts, but there is still room for improvement in the remaining [2][3][4] days of COP. ECO welcomes the strong thread of scientific […]

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A Modest Proposal: Share of Proceeds From Aramco IPO

12 Dec 2019

Yesterday, Saudi Aramco, the Saudi state-owned oil company, floated 1.5% of its shares on the country’s stock exchange in the world’s largest Initial Public Offering. The IPO is expected to raise at least US$26 billion for the company, and potentially up to $29b – which is the largest influx of financing for fossil fuels since […]

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Scale up Adaptation Finance!

12 Dec 2019

ECO would like to remind developed countries of the US$100 billion climate finance commitment they promised to deliver annually by 2020. We are not sure whether you have noticed that there is actually not much time left to hit the target, as 2020 is getting closer. ECO especially worries about the slow progress on the […]

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