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Trick or Treat (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

Is this the summit where world leaders with a ghoulish climate record show up disguised as climate champions? But ECO also looks forward to hearing from some real champions: In fact, in Scotland it was customary at Halloween to not get ‘treats’ for simply showing up in costume, one had to actually perform (songs). Please […]

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COP26 must deliver on loss and damage finance (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

Now at 1.2 degree Celsius of warming above pre-industrial levels, climate change is already causing havoc in countries around the world. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres declared the latest IPCC Climate Report a ‘Code Red for Humanity’, highlighting already overstretched and limited coping capacities. Loss and Damage – the impacts of climate change that were not […]

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The COP26 presidency risks its credibility on its commitment to ensure an inclusive COP (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

Over the past few months, the COP president, Minister Sharma, recognised that a fully inclusive conference was a prerequisite for success, and committed repeatedly to ensuring that COP26 would be the most inclusive COP ever organised. ECO emphatically agrees. The presence of civil society and Indigenous Peoples in the negotiations is essential for the legitimacy […]

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Enough is Enough: 12 years of failure (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

Since 2009, rich nations have over and over again promised to deliver US$100 billion per year by 2020. Yet over and over again, they have kept on failing. 12 years ago, the same year The Black Eyed Peas released I Got a Feeling, these wealthy nations set expectations and they failed. This is not someone […]

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Hunger Strikers Have a Message for President Biden At the World Leaders Summit (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

On the morning of October 20, five young people began a hunger strike outside the White House to demand that President Biden deliver on his commitment, made in the US NDC, to reduce emissions 50-52% by 2021. Despite health challenges, the hunger strike continues on to its 13th day for four of the youth. The […]

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Brazil and Article 6: The truth is out there (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

The Brazilian delegation has offered to help clear up some confusion about its Article 6 positions. The delegation has noted that some negotiators and observers of limited imagination have had difficulty understanding how a country with an economy-wide emissions reduction target in its NDC could also have emissions reductions “outside its NDC”. The Brazilian Head […]

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Will COP26 succeed or will it go the Australian way? (ECO 1, COP26)

1 Nov 2021

Like cramming the night before a big exam, the Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has rushed out a last-minute net zero plan five days before this conference with no new policy and no accountability.    This so-called plan is what Mr. Morrison proudly calls the ‘Australian way’. But anyone who has been to the last […]

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How Asia Can Achieve a Just Energy Transition in a Post-COVID World

28 Sep 2021

A just transition to renewable energy is not just good for the environment, it’s great for the economy, too.

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Negotiations on the latest IPCC report is a moment for governments to confront the truth of the climate crisis

27 Jul 2021

By Stephan Singer, Senior Climate Science and Global Energy Policy Advisor, CAN July 26, 2021: The official global scientific body, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), starts its first ever virtual approval process on the first report (Working Group 1) as part of the Sixth Assessment cycle (AR6). Over the next 10 days, governments […]

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CAN’s New Board to Steer the Network Forward on its Renewed Approach

26 Jul 2021

Climate Action Network (CAN), the world’s largest network working on climate change, social justice and sustainability, installed a new Board as a result of a virtual General Assembly held earlier this year. The network comprises more than 1,500 civil society organisations present in over 130 countries.  Since 2019, the CAN International Board has been actively […]

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