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COP22: Countries Unanimously Call For Accelerated Decarbonisation – As it Happened

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Welcome to the Friday, 18 November 2016 edition of the Daily Planet’s COP22 live blog.

Drawing on our team on the ground in Marrakesh, social media and press coverage around the world, our digital reporters keep you updated on the latest efforts to accelerate the Paris Agreement’s implementation at the twenty-second UN climate conference in Morocco.

COP22 Family Photo

11:10 GMT by Molly Redmond

Good morning and welcome to the last day of the Daily Planet live blog. Thanks for joining us for the last two weeks!

If you’re in Marrakesh, make sure you head to the COP entrance at 12:45 for the UNFCCC family photo.

The photo has been organised by Greenpeace to send a message to the world from Marrakesh that “We Will Move Ahead”

Twitter Sensation

13:30 GMT by Molly Redmond

As Peter said in yesterday’s live blog – social media has transformed the role of communications in business and politics alike.

Twitter is a great channel for gaining access to breaking news and important information. During COP22 there has been over three quarters of a million tweets about the conference.

You can view more insights into the conversations using Climate Talks Live – a Twitter tool that KPMG have produced for UNFCCC.

“We Will Move Ahead”

13:56 GMT by Molly Redmond

Can you spot yourself in the UNFCCC family photo?

If you look closely you can see Daily Planet reporters Kelsey Hunter and Andrea Karparti in the middle!


14:56 GMT by Molly Redmond

So it doesn’t look like Leonardo DiCaprio will be making an appearance at COP this year – as Peter reported in yesterday’s live blog, he’s been spotted in Scotland.

However, he’s still getting involved, joining the #EarthToMarrakech campaign to send his message to the world leaders at COP22.

Find out more about #EarthToMarrakech, organised with this video starring rock star Jack Black and internet sensation Lil Bub.

The campaign follows on from last year’s #EarthToParis campaign which focused on sending messages to world leaders to sign the Paris Agreement. This time, the message is that it’s time to act and to support world leaders that are committed to tackling climate change.

47 “climate vulnerable” countries vow to go 100% renewable

15:15 GMT by Peter Koekoek

Good afternoon from Toronto, I’m taking over the live blog from Molly in London one more time during the 2016 climate summit with an ambitious call to action from almost 50 vulnerable and developing countries.

The countries have pledged to go 100 per cent renewble in an effort to push the world’s richest countries to be much more ambitious. “The impact climate change has brought on us is very high and we have come here to make sure we have a say in our common future,” said Gemedo Dalle, Ethiopia’s environment minister, according to Climate Home.

Bangladesh, Ethiopia and Costa Rica are among 47 countries on the front line of global warming impacts that have united in the Climate Vulnerable Forum. In a communique released today the group stressed that climate change endangers development and peace, and calls for support to take a greener path according to Climate Home. The group was also key to the inclusion of the 1.5 degrees warming goal in the Paris Agreement.

“These ambitious and inspiring commitments show the path forward for others and give us all renewed optimism that we are going to meet the challenge before us and meet it in time,” said Al Gore in a statement. The former US vice president also called it a “bold vision that sets the pace for the world’s efforts to implement the Paris Agreement and move even more quickly to solve the climate crisis.”

Canada named carbon pricing champion

15:53 GMT by Peter Koekoek

The International Emissions Trading Association (IETA) has awarded Canada the Carbon Pricing Champion award. Climate change minister Catherine McKenna accepted the award at COP22 and said it “represents the hard work done by my team (…) and the leadership of the provinces,” reflecting the pivotal role of sub-national governments in developing carbon pricing solutions in North America.

Some of Canada’s most populous provinces have already put a price on carbon, and prime minister Justin Trudeau recently announced that the federal government will enforce carbon pricing nationwide by the end of 2018 if the remaining provinces have not introduced their own systems by then.

Today, McKenna tweeted she met with California’s secretary for environmental protection to talk about carbon pricing. Some of Canada’s provinces are already collaborating on the development of climate markets with American states like California, and are likely to continue to do so despite the Trump presidency.

Germany and California intensify climate change cooperation

16:23 GMT by Peter Koekoek

As Donald Trump prepares to make coal great again, Germany and California agree to expand their cooperation on climate change and vow to “redouble” their commitment to the Paris Agreement.

Jochen Flasbarth, state secretary for the environment in Germany’s federal government, and his Californian counterpart secretary Matthew Rodriquez met on the sidelines of the COP22 climate summit and “discussed how solutions to climate change, like investing in renewable energy, energy efficiency and climate smart technology, will help grow our economies and create jobs,” according to a statement by California’s Environmental Protection Agency.

“Our partnership with Germany and its regions has grown into a global coalition that sets an example and encourages action by other state and national governments,” said Rodriquez. “We look forward to strengthening our collaboration to confront climate change and lead the transition to a clean energy economy.”

That’s it for COP22

19:21 GMT by Peter Koekoek

We’re closing the live blog! Thanks for being with us and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for more on the outcomes of the summit – where negotiators are currently working overtime in an effort to conclude the proceedings – and to stay involved as the Paris Agreement moves from the planning stages to implementation.