Decarbonising South and South East Asia

South and South East Asia’s growing economies can shift from their current carbon-intensive pathways to renewable energy to fuel economic growth, boost sustainable development and overcome energy poverty while avoiding life-threatening pollution and environmental degradation, according to a new Climate Analytics report.

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Smog in Pakistan's capital, Karachi, which is world's sixth-most-populous city with a population of over 14 million. 
Transitioning to zero-carbon energy would bring South and South East Asian countries huge benefits, including reducing deaths related to air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. ©Jose Sa via Flickr CC BY 2.0
Smog in Pakistan's capital, Karachi, which is world's sixth-most-populous city with a population of over 14 million. Transitioning to zero-carbon energy would bring South and South East Asian countries huge benefits, including reducing deaths related to air pollution caused by burning fossil fuels. ©Jose Sa via Flickr CC BY 2.0

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More persistent heat, drought and rain in a warming world - study

More persistent heat, drought and rain in a warming world - study

Europe, North America and parts of Asia can expect not just more intense but also longer lasting periods of heat, drought and rain during summer as the planet warms, worsening impacts on health and agriculture, according to a study led by researchers from Climate Analytics and Humboldt University of Berlin.
19 August 2019

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Coal Phase Out

Coal is the most carbon intensive fossil fuel and phasing it out is a key step to achieve the emissions reductions needed to limit global warming to 1.5°C, as enshrined in the Paris Agreement. Our research shows that the EU and OECD countries must stop burning coal for electricity by 2030, China by 2040 and the rest of the world by mid-century in order to meet commitments made in Paris in the most cost effective manner.

1.5°C - key facts

Since 2009 over a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to below 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels. Placing the 1.5°C limit alongside the legally binding goal to hold global temperatures “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels” in the Paris Agreement was a major victory for vulnerable countries. This page is an information pool for material around the 1.5°C temperature limit.

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ONLINE TOOL: The Lowdown on Coal

Phasing out coal is a crucial step in fighting climate change. We have a new interactive tool that shows you current and planned coal power around the world, as well as the amount of current and future carbon pollution from these plants.
Find out how well your country is doing on quitting coal.

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26/09/2019
From the smallest islands to the highest peaks – oceans, ice and climate change

Following closely the release of the IPCC special report on oceans and ice, this event during Climate Week NYC will outline its main findings and - together with representatives of Small Island Developing States and Least Developed Countries - discuss the implications for vulnerable countries.  

26 September 2019, 9-11am
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave, New York, NY 10016

Troubled land: a call for sustainable land use and rapid climate action

The IPCC’s latest report provides a stark reminder that climate change places the life support systems that land provides at risk. For vulnerable countries in particular, there is no sustainable future without sustainable land use combined with rapid climate action.  
28 August 2019

How extreme weather conditions could last longer due to climate change

Global warming will make persistent extreme weather more likely – including longer heatwaves, droughts and extended rainy periods. This effect comes on top of the increase in average temperatures - authors explain a recent study published in journal Nature Climate Change.  
19 August 2019

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Climate change will drive longer extreme heatwaves in summer

Climate change will drive longer extreme heatwaves in summer New Scientist

Summer extremes of heat and rain are likely to last longer in Europe, North America and Asia if the world warms by more than 2°C, with serious effects for agriculture and human health. Climate change is expected to bring more frequent and intense extreme weather events. But how persistent those episodes will be, such as the European summer heatwave in 2018, is not so well understood.

19 August 2019

Publications

Our Annual Report looks back at how our work reflected and fed into the global priorities in 2018 in areas of advancing climate science around the 1.5°C limit in the Paris Agreement, global decarbonisation, international climate negotiations and implementing climate action in vulnerable countries.  
Theory of Change (ToC) has become a common buzzword in climate adaptation circles in recent years. As a growing number of donors and financing entities require theories of change it can feel like yet another hoop to jump through, especially for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) where resources are limited and staff are often over-stretched. So why should busy adaptation practitioners respond positively to ToC and why does it matter? And what does ToC mean anyway, and how do you start developing one?