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‘Climate Action is Unstoppable’: This Week’s 10 Biggest Climate Change Stories

Photo: @COP22 / Twitter
Photo: @COP22 / Twitter

Things are moving quickly as our planet makes the transition to a new, clean economy. You want to stay in the loop – but you’re busy, that’s why we keep an eye on the headlines for you!

Welcome to the 22 November 2016 edition of the Daily Planet’s weekly State Of The Planet with some of the biggest stories about climate change this week. Don’t hesitate to send your tips and comments to @peter_koekoek or

1. The EU says the progress made in Marrakesh proves climate action is unstoppable.

The EU’s climate commissioner argues that the progress made at the Marrakesh climate summit proofs there is no turning back: the world is forging ahead with climate action with or without the United States, the Daily Planet reports. In a statement after the summit, the European Commission highlighted a number of areas where it says Europe and the other participating countries have delivered concrete results.

2. Some worrying climate change graphs have been doing the rounds on social media this week.

Something is very wrong with the ice growth in the Arctic this year, according to a number of graphs doing the rounds on social media. The Washington Post explains what’s going on and why the temperatures are so “insane” at the moment.

New Scientist explains why you should be worried: “What’s happening now is alarming, but it’s not the short-term craziness we should be worrying about. The reason to be alarmed is that this kind of event can happen only because the planet is so much warmer than in pre-industrial times.”

3. As it happened: The COP22 climate summit in Marrakesh.

The Marrakesh climate summit was quite the rollercoaster, not least because of the surprise outcome of the US election. Find out how news and announcements unfolded at the conference with the Daily Planet’s collection of COP22 live blogs and newsletters.

4. The EU is targeting North American cities with a new climate change coalition.

The European Commission is setting up a North American chapter of its Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, the Daily Planet reports. The new regional covenant will cover the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The move was announced at the COP22 climate change summit last week (14 November), and has gained an extra dimension because of the election of Donald Trump as the next US president.

5. China tells Trump that climate change is no hoax it invented.

China couldn’t have invented global warming as a hoax to harm US competitiveness – as alleged by the president-elect of the United States of America – because it were Donald Trump’s Republican predecessors Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush who started climate negotiations in the 1980s, China’s vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin has said according to Bloomberg.

6. Canada quits coal, federal government sets 2030 deadline.

Canada could be coal-free by the end of the next decade under plans outlined by climate change minister Catherine McKenna yesterday, Climate Home reports.

7. The network that helps the developing world with low-carbon technology has received a $23 million boost.

The donation from the European Union, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Switzerland and the United States was announced at the COP22 climate change summit in Marrakesh last week (16 November), the Daily Planet reports.

Organisations like Climate-KIC, the EU’s climate innovation initiative, are members of the network and respond to assistance at the request of developing countries across a broad range of mitigation and adaptation technology and policy sectors, according to the Daily Planet.

8. Meanwhile in a parallel universe: America, the ‘Clean Energy Superpower’…

Hillary Clinton had vastly different plans for America’s transition to a low carbon economy than Donald Trump. Here’s what our coverage may have looked like if she had won.

9. Thanksgiving advice: How to deal with your climate change denying uncle.

If you’re in the US, you may be celebrating Thanksgiving this week. Climate change might very well not the most contentious topic on the table, but there’s always this piece from professor Richard Somerville to help you out with some in-depth advice should you need it. Huffington Post has some graphics that may also be helpful.

10. The cleantech industry is rebranding itself as “smart city” to attract venture capital.

Bloomberg reports that cleantech startups are rebranding themselves to capitalise on “the quest to build a smart city.” Cleantech companies, “whose missions are broadly linked to environmental improvement, are benefiting as municipalities around the world embrace smart cities—where internet-connected devices collect data that can be used to address challenges from energy efficiency to traffic, crime and public health,” according to Bloomberg, noting that the smart city market is expected to balloon to $1.57 trillion by 2020.

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