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The latest news from COP23 – 15 November

Negotiations at COP23. Image via Flickr: UNFCCC
Negotiations at COP23. Image via Flickr: UNFCCC

What has been going on so far in the second week of COP23 climate change negotiations?

US and global cities are stepping up and commiting to play their part in realising the Paris Agreement. Despite commitments to reduce emissions, there remains a gap in funding loss and damage. On Tuesday, negotiators adopted a text that deferred  the decision to a 2018 ‘expert dialogue’.

With other announcements on how agriculture, hydrogen and Microsoft could help us reach our targets, here are the latest COP23 stories.

1. Cities take up climate baton at COP23, make ambitious emission pledges

Mayors from 25 cities around the world, representing 150 million citizens, pledged on Sunday (12 November) to cut their carbon emissions to net zero by 2050, while boosting efforts to become more resilient to extreme weather and other pressures linked to climate change.
Read more on Euractiv

2. America’s pledge is about more than pollution

US mayors and governors want to show the world they stand by US commitments, but to their African counterparts solidarity means cash.
Read more on Climate Home

3. Little money in sight at climate summit

Germany, the EU, Switzerland and Canada have reiterated their commitment to increase financial help to developing countries to US$100 billion per year by 2020. But right now, the grants provided since this promise was first made in 2009 do not total much beyond US$45 billion. Developed countries claim this is far higher – around US$90 billion, but analysts at the Climate Action Network have calculated that half the advertised amount is actually in the form of loans.
Read more on China Dialogue

4. No finance plan for climate change victims in draft UN decision

Efforts to raise cash for those hit hardest by global warming were deferred to 2018 in “loss and damage” text adopted by negotiators in Bonn on Tuesday. Vulnerable nations had been calling for support to address the mounting toll of hurricanes, drought and other global warming-driven phenomena on their people and economies. Negotiators from rich countries rejected any claim on their public funds, agreeing only to an “expert dialogue” on the issue in 2018.
Read more on Climate Home

5. Bonn talks edge forward with release of climate action plan update

The talks took a step forward with the publication of a 180 page update summarising states’ positions on how to review and improve national climate action plans.
Read more on Business Green

6. Germans deny Erdoğan’s desire for climate finance

In July, Turkish leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said he was unlikely to ratify the Paris Agreement, after Donald Trump’s announced he was planning to leave the deal. A new German government proposal at the UN climate talks in Bonn would deny Turkey access to the UN’s Green Climate Funds for developing countries to adapt to climate change.
Read more on Climate Home

7. Agriculture can curb planet warming emissions ‘immediately’

The global agricultural sector can curb emissions immediately and provide a window for fossil fuel-guzzling energy and transport sectors to decarbonize. “In the next few years … agriculture … could produce early results immediately, cost-effectively and all over the world,” said René Castro of the U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organisation.
Read more on Reuters

8. Global standard for measuring city emissions announced

A new global standard for reporting cities’ greenhouse gas emissions inventories has been announced by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. The reporting framework is a harmonised protocol for local-scale greenhouse gas reporting and will allow cities to track their contributions and impacts in a transparent and quantifiable way, designed to be consistent with national government reporting requirements and the UNFCCC, and adjustable to local circumstances.
Read more on Cities Today

9. Hydrogen could deliver one fifth of world carbon cuts by 2050: industry group

Increasing the use of hydrogen in power, transport, heat and industry could deliver around one fifth of the total carbon emissions cuts needed to limit global warming to safe levels by mid-century, a report by the Hydrogen Council said on Monday.
Read more on Reuters

10. Microsoft Sets New Carbon Target to Help Meet Paris Climate Deal

The world’s biggest software company by revenue set a new target to cut carbon dioxide by 75 percent between 2013 and 2030, which is scientifically aligned with the landmark Paris Agreement, according to a blog posting Tuesday by Microsoft President Brad Smith.
Read more on Bloomberg

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