Climate Governance archive
Blog by Matt Williams (ClientEarth communications intern) and Helen Markides who are part of the UK Youth Climate Coalition’s youth delegation to the United Nations climate talks.
ClientEarth is delighted to be joined by Matt Williams from the UK Youth Climate Coalition (UKYCC). Matt is part of UKYCC’s youth delegation to the UN climate talks (un.ukycc.org) and he is currently interning with our communications team.
EU lawmakers are to introduce a new directive which would effectively ban tar sands fuel from entering Europe. It is concerning that the UK government is trying to block it.
Despite their pledge to be the ‘greenest government ever’, close analysis of the UK government’s proposed design of CO2 emissions performance standards for fossil fuel generation (‘EPS’ – limits on the amount of pollutants released into the air) risks being an unlawful backward-step.
Fluorinated gases (F-gases) are not something you often hear about in climate-change discussion. Plans for Europe’s low-carbon future focus on limiting carbon dioxide (CO2) – and rightly so. But what about those other climate-forcers?
If I had asked for a better visual analogy of the transition to a low carbon economy I wouldn’t have got one. Standing in a blustery field in Oxfordshire I was presented with a sight that highlighted the juxtaposition of old and new, pessimism and optimism, dirty and clean, the past and future of our energy economy.
Killing the Messenger: The UK Government is wrong to dissolve the Sustainable Development Commission
Among the first strategic moves by the new UK government is to kill the Sustainable Development Commission. This is deeply misguided.
I put to you that it is very difficult to overlook the following two implications from recent climate science:
Recent controversy over the handling of climate data has been seized upon by those intent on preserving their own financial interests, with potentially catastrophic results for us all. The upsurge in doubt among the general public is concerning – but it is lack of understanding that allows doubt and fear to thrive. What messages best help the man in the pub see the sense in tackling climate change?
The US Treasury Department has released guidelines calling on Multilateral Development Banks to reduce funding to coal power stations.
The recriminations for the failure of the Copenhagen Climate Change summit to deliver a more robust deal on CO2 reductions are continuing in earnest.
The Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS), including the island of Tuvalu, has said that any deal that allows a temperature rise of more than 1.5 degrees C is not negotiable.
Through a serendipitous piece of scheduling, a COP15 side event on human rights and climate change was held today, 10th December: International Human Rights Day.
Will there be an agreement? What form might it take? And it will be enough?
In one of the most dramatic weeks in Australian politics, the Australian emissions trading bill was defeated in the Senate this morning for the second time. Australia will now have nothing to show at Copenhagen and it is more uncertain than ever which path Australia will now take to deal with climate change.