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Renewables rise helps to close Paris gap as governments lag -analysts

Published 11:53 on May 3, 2018  /  Last updated at 11:53 on May 3, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Japan, Other APAC, Shipping, South & Central, US  /  No Comments

The faster-than-expected expansion of renewables worldwide is helping to narrow the gap to Paris Agreement goals, despite some governments making little progress on climate action and the effects of US President Trump’s policies not yet taking hold, researchers said Thursday.

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Carbon markets and their business proponents drawn into UN participation fight

Published 14:24 on May 1, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:37 on May 1, 2018  /  Climate Talks, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

The promotion of carbon markets by business groups including IETA has been labelled a “dangerous distraction” to climate action by transparency campaigners seeking a more clearly-defined structure for accessing UN climate negotiations.

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Pedal power: UN approves plans to allow bike lanes, sharing schemes to earn carbon credits

Published 23:55 on April 30, 2018  /  Last updated at 23:55 on April 30, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, Middle East, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, South & Central, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Projects that facilitate the use of bicycles in developing nations, including installing bike lanes and parking lots and implementing bike-sharing programmes, now qualify for carbon credits, a UN panel has decided.

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Amid CDM gridlock at UN, African states seek funding alternatives

Published 19:32 on April 30, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:32 on April 30, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, REDD, Voluntary Market  /  No Comments

Lacking buyers for their carbon credits, African nations are appealing to the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and other institutions to finance their carbon-cutting activities as Paris Agreement rulebook talks drag on.

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COP24: Inflated hotel prices, lengthy commutes await attendees at UN climate talks in Poland’s coal capital

Published 18:20 on April 27, 2018  /  Last updated at 18:03 on April 30, 2018  /  Bavardage, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms  /  No Comments

**Free to read for non-subscribers** – Planning on attending COP24 in Poland this December? Then prepare for inflated accommodation prices and daily commutes to the venue of potentially two hours or more each way.

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Higher EU carbon prices helping slow global warming pace, says fund manager

Published 19:47 on April 25, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:47 on April 25, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International  /  2 Comments

Higher EU ETS prices have helped slow the expected pace of global warming, according to London-based fund managers Schroders on Wednesday.

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France says carbon prices must rise faster as some EU nations eye higher ambition coalition

Published 17:39 on April 25, 2018  /  Last updated at 19:42 on April 25, 2018  /  Carbon Taxes, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International  /  No Comments

EU carbon prices are not rising to more elevated levels fast enough, France said on Wednesday after meeting with a small group of member states, reiterating its call for a bloc-wide carbon price floor starting with Europe’s power sector.

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World Bank announces new carbon pricing coalition co-chair, high-level competitiveness forum

Published 00:24 on April 20, 2018  /  Last updated at 12:10 on April 20, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, Carbon Taxes, Climate Talks, EMEA, International, New Market Mechanisms, US  /  No Comments

The Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition (CPLC) on Thursday named a new co-chair, while the group’s managing body the World Bank announced a high-level forum on carbon pricing and competitiveness amid the release of a report on decarbonising the global power and chemicals sectors.

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WRI: What’s changing as countries turn INDCs into NDCs? Five early insights

Published 13:53 on April 19, 2018  /  Last updated at 13:53 on April 19, 2018  /  Africa, Americas, Asia Pacific, Canada, Climate Talks, Conversations, EMEA, International, Kyoto Mechanisms, New Market Mechanisms, Other APAC, REDD, South & Central, Views  /  No Comments

Some countries aren’t waiting until 2020 to make changes to their national climate commitments. As countries ratify the Paris Agreement, some have decided to revise their INDCs and communicate the changes as part of their first NDCs. WRI provides a summary.

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IMO adopts deal to cut shipping emissions at least 50% by 2050

Published 15:49 on April 13, 2018  /  Last updated at 16:14 on April 24, 2018  /  Americas, Asia Pacific, Aviation, Climate Talks, EMEA, EU ETS, International, Shipping  /  No Comments

Governments at the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) on Friday adopted an initial strategy to address international shipping emissions, including setting a 2050 target to cut emissions by at least 50% under 2008 levels.

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