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Australia bags first place with the Colossal Fossil Awards for its appalling approach to climate change policy and ambition in the days leading up to, and during, COP26.

12 Nov 2021

It will come as no surprise to regular fossil readers that Australia would come out on top in the prestigious final of the COP26 ‘Colossal Fossil’ hall of shame. After making an appearance on the very first day, they’ve chalked up another five podium finishes over the past two weeks. Such breathtaking climate ineptitude started […]

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Carbon market rules: Ministers close to striking a deal that will undermine ambition & Indigenous Peoples rights

12 Nov 2021

Deal closing in on locking in double-counting on emission reductions in final stretch of negotiations at COP26 in Glasgow  11 November, Glasgow: Today, in negotiations under Article 6, which deals with the rules on carbon markets under the Paris Agreement, an increasing number of countries are backing proposals which would exclude corresponding adjustments from being applied […]

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COP26: Real commitments on text must match rhetoric as negotiations enter crunch time

11 Nov 2021

11 November, Glasgow: Across all areas of the draft text produced at COP26 countries need to go further and fast and reach for the most ambitious positions – on keeping 1.5C in sight, finance for loss and damage and towards a just transition from all fossil fuels including oil and gas, today’s Climate Action Network (CAN) […]

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“Current COP26 draft decision text fails to offer support for vulnerable countries on loss and damage, nor keeps 1.5C in sight”

10 Nov 2021

Lack of specific finance for those facing unavoidable climate impacts means COP26 will abandon vulnerable communities to deal with worst of climate crisis on their own   10 November, Glasgow:  Whilst the inclusion of references to phasing out coal and fossil fuel subsidies in the draft text from COP26 here in Glasgow are welcome, the glaring omission on […]

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With four days to go at COP26, civil society raises concerns over weak proposals on the table as gap widens between words and actions

10 Nov 2021

“Support for loss and damage cannot be left to random acts of charity, we need a robust finance system in place” 9 November, Glasgow: Governments are refusing to face up to the climate crisis and, as a result, the world’s poorest countries and communities continue to suffer whilst they have the least responsibility for causing it, […]

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Doublespeak, more fossil fuels addiction and bla bla bla revealed at COP26

9 Nov 2021

US ranks first in the Fossil of the Day Award for failing to take basic steps to halt fossil fuel production Only last week in Glasgow, President Biden was talking sprints, marathons and finishing lines in the race to net zero. Seems like he’s had enough of those sporting analogies and is back to speaking […]

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Human Rights and Loss and Damage are not a footnote for countries to remove from text

8 Nov 2021

First Fossil of the Day Award goes to the United Kingdom and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia For the first Fossil of the Day in this second week of COP, we have a tie between Saudi Arabia and the UK for their sterling efforts in securing a weak new Work Programme on Action for Climate […]

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It is time to deliver funding for Loss and Damage, say civil society speakers at COP26

8 Nov 2021

Loss and Damage needs to be a permanent agenda in all UN climate talks; On eighth anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, speakers say testimonies from those impacted directly from climate disasters must be heard within negotiating rooms. 8 November, Glasgow: Today’s Climate Action Network media briefing heard from survivors of extreme weather events linked to climate change […]

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COP26: Reactions from civil society on conclusion of week one of UN climate talks

6 Nov 2021

06 November 2021 Glasgow: As week one of the UN climate talks here in Glasgow conclude, civil society representatives call on governments to get serious on the real substance of the negotiations and come up with ambitious and concrete proposals to move discussions forward in the following week. With thousands of people marching in the streets in Glasgow […]

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COP26: All hands on deck needed to get a strong outcome on finance and loss and damage

5 Nov 2021

Negotiators in Glasgow must approach their work like their lives depend on it, urge civil society representatives  5 November 2021, Glasgow:  COP26, under the UK Presidency, must deliver on ambition if there are going to be ‘rays of sunshine’ at the talks and if developed nations are to rebuild trust in the process then there […]

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