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COP27: At-Risk Nations Celebrate New Climate Loss, Damage Fund

Young people stage one of many demonstrations in support of loss and damage reparations to be paid by rich countries that are major emitters of greenhouse gases to poorer countries that emit little climate pollution but suffer rising sea levels, fierce storms and other climate damages. November 19, 2022, Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt (Photo by IISD/ENB | Mike Muzurakis) Posted for media use

Overwhelmed by storms, drought, and rising seas, stressed out developing countries won creation of a fund for loss and damage at the UN’s annual climate conference, COP27. More than 45,000 participants gathered in this resort town at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula to negotiate implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate, build coalitions, solve problems, and find financing.

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Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

Meeting on the Green Side Is Easier Than Ever

BONN, Germany, October 23, 2022 – Meetings, gatherings, conferences, summits, festivals, forums, caucuses, councils – large and small, events can be a major source of greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impacts. Now a new, free online tool offers user-friendly solutions that can be used to lower greenhouse gas emissions and help reach climate goals.

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Oceans Inspire Global Call to Action

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Ending the United Nations’ inaugural Ocean Conference on a wave of enthusiastic determination, the 193 UN Member States Friday agreed on a Call to Action listing specific measures to restore health to Earth’s degraded oceans by 2030.

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Mayday: All Hands on Deck for Oceans

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“We are here on behalf of humanity to restore sustainability, balance and respect to our relationship with our primal mother, the source of life, the ocean,” President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson of Fiji declared on opening day of the inaugural UN Oceans Conference.

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Our Drying Planet

Our Drying Planet

“The water crisis is sneaking up on humanity unawares. People turn on the tap and assume clean, safe water will always flow. But the reality is that supplies are already critical for 4.2 billion people – over half the world’s population…”

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Green Climate Fund Disburses Hope

Green Climate Fund Disburses Hope

Just three days before he left office on January 20, U.S. President Barack Obama transferred a second installment of US$500 million to the Green Climate Fund, based in South Korea’s Songdo International Business District.

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Fintech Goes Green

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A UN-backed app is transforming green finance. At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, the UN Environment Programme and Ant Financial Services Group, the Chinese online and mobile financial services provider, unveiled the Green Digital Finance Alliance.

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Stock Exchanges Adopt Sustainability Reporting

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As many as 21 more of the world’s stock exchanges could introduce sustainability reporting standards before the end of the year, bringing the total number to 38, says an official with the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development.

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COP22: Paris Climate Pact ‘Irreversible’

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In the early hours of Saturday morning in Marrakech at the COP22, more than 190 governments agreed to the Marrakech Action Proclamation, which sends a strong message of global unity towards taking effective action to limit climate change.

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US$100 Billion to Finance Climate Triage

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Finance is always a hot issue at UN climate talks, and this year’s 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change will focus even more intently on financing – this time to support the first global greenhouse gas limitation pact.

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167 Nations Adopt New Urban Agenda

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Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development, has wrapped up in Quito, Ecuador, as delegations adopted the New Urban Agenda, a new framework that details how cities should be planned and managed to best achieve sustainability.

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Paris Climate Pact ‘Unstoppable’

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The Paris Agreement on climate change is set to enter into force on November 4, less than a year after it was adopted by world leaders. With the ratifications now deposited, enough countries have approved the landmark accord to trigger its implementation.

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Sustainability Takes Flight

Sustainability Takes Flight

Every day around the world, more than 100,000 civil aviation flights take off and land – safely for the most part. Now, the global agency responsible for overseeing civil aviation is working to improve the industry’s sustainability.

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World Environment Day Goes Wild for Life

World Environment Day Goes Wild for Life

The environmental concerns of the 1970s – industrial pollution of air and water, oil spills, toxic dumps, pesticides, loss of wilderness and biodiversity – inspired people to set aside two distinct days each year for activities aimed at saving the planet. World Environment Day 2016

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