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Fossil of the Day

12 Dec 2019

Our voices are being silenced and it´s not funny.  Despite emptier hallways this evening, we continue to hold space even as our colleagues are shut outside in the cold simply for raising their voices for a better future and climate justice. Today, the UNFCCC security deserves a fossil but we had previously decided to give […]

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Ray of the Year

12 Dec 2019

The Ray of the Year goes to Scientists of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). CAN does not often award Rays of the Day; to receive such an award requires a significant step forward on climate action and these happen lamentably infrequently. However, there is a body that CAN has decided deserves not only […]

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Too Many Gaps = One Gaping Political Hole

11 Dec 2019

Dear Ministers, We, the so-called civil society that observes negotiations, would like to call your attention to the many gaps we need to close to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on mitigation, adaptation/resilience, and support. ‘Gap’ is amongst the most spoken words in these negotiating halls, maybe no less than ambition.  So which […]

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Too Many Gaps = One Gaping Political Hole

11 Dec 2019

Dear Ministers, We, the so-called civil society that observes negotiations, would like to call your attention to the many gaps we need to close to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on mitigation, adaptation/resilience, and support. ‘Gap’ is amongst the most spoken words in these negotiating halls, maybe no less than ambition.  So which […]

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Article 6.4: Conservative Baselines or “Off Base”?

11 Dec 2019

Achieving environmental integrity in the implementation of Article 6 requires many things; but where to start? For ECO, environmental integrity is impossible to achieve without conservative baselines, set well below business-as-usual (BAU). And even these are necessary, but not sufficient elements.  ECO is encouraged to see that the text forwarded to the COP Presidency included […]

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Eeh… You! – What About Your Ambition?

11 Dec 2019

We, the European Youth, want to remind all country delegates that are already comfortable with the current development at COP25: we did not meet in Madrid for a second-class climate conference, but to decide on the crucial remaining subjects of the Rulebook and €“ of course €“ to take the urgently required next steps: increase […]

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Knowledge without rights is extraction

11 Dec 2019

ECO is pleased to share our platform with the Indigenous Peoples Caucus to amplify their unique and individual voices. Bushfires have been raging across the illegally occupied lands of Australia for the past few weeks, wiping out homes, displacing communities and threatening wildlife populations to the point of extinction. Lidia Thorpe, Gunnai, Gunditjmara, Djab Wurrung […]

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Australia gets a big ZERO on climate policy – is it possible to be that bad?

11 Dec 2019

Last week ECO exposed the Australian Government’s role in pushing for use of carryover units from the Kyoto Protocol to meet a large portion of their already very low Paris NDC for 2030 €“ ECO likened this to a runner wanting to start a race at the half-way point, rather than at the starting line. […]

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Multilateral Development Banks Promise Paris Alignment: but won’t say when they’ll stop funding fossils

11 Dec 2019

Multilateral Development Banks Promise Paris Alignment: but won’t say when they’ll stop funding fossils. The nine multilateral development banks (MDBs) — which include the World Bank, the Asian Investment Bank, and the Inter-American Development Bank among others — have an outsized influence on the private finance landscape and on countries low carbon development pathways.  As […]

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Ministers! Save the Second Periodical Review as the Science-Policy Interface of the Convention

11 Dec 2019

Last week the Global Carbon Project side event reminded us again how small the window is to avoid dangerous climate change. The pressure to act and incorporate recent science to the Framework Convention on Climate Change (FCCC) is rising. ECO is dismayed that Parties have not yet reached an agreement on the scope of the […]

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