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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. Most emissions from coal are in the electricity sector and, as we already have the technologies that can replace coal, phase out is a relatively cheap and easy option to reduce emissions. Our research shows coal needs to be phased out globally by 2040 to meet the commitments made in Paris.

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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Guidance for SIDS and LDCs on accessing climate finance

Under the IMPACT project, Climate Analytics aims to support SIDS (Small Island Developing States) and LDCs (Least Developed Countries) in accessing international climate finance. These three briefings aim to provide targeted guidance to SIDS and LDCs on how to go about developing a GCF proposal, specifically on the topics of addressing the GCF Investment Criteria, enhancing the Climate Rationale in GCF proposals and more broadly, key elements to include when developing a proposal, including case studies. The briefings:

Elements of a Strong GCF Proposal
Addressing the GCF Investment Criteria
Enhancing the Climate Rationale for GCF Proposals

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Loss and Damage

Loss and Damage refers to the impacts of climate change that can no longer be avoided through adaptation or mitigation. It is one of the key issues for vulnerable countries, who have contributed the least to climate change.

They call on the developed world to provide support to cope with Loss and Damage, which otherwise threatens their economies, cultures and the lives of their people.

This page provides background material and key resources, including scientific studies and briefing material and blogs with updates on the policy process under the UNFCCC and under the IPCC.

Understanding the complex relationship between land and climate

Land-based solutions can help mitigate and adapt to climate change, but some could make it more difficult to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Scientists from our LAMACLIMA project explain what this means and how the project can improve our knowledge and implementation of land-based solutions.  
10 July 2020

Climate change and small islands: more scientific evidence of high risks

Small island developing states (SIDS) have long been recognised as being particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. In a recently published article our researchers added further scientific evidence that island states are particularly at risk, and face unique challenges in addressing impacts.  
01 July 2020

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Climate change experts say S. Korea is lagging in efforts to reduce carbon emissions

Climate change experts say S. Korea is lagging in efforts to reduce carbon emissionsHankyoreh

In a new report, international climate change experts argue that South Korea will have to more than double its current emissions reduction target if it’s to shoulder its fair share of reductions while keeping its commitments under the Paris Agreement. “The important thing is for the Korean government to strengthen its 2030 emissions target to bring it in line with the Paris Agreement. Key to that is accelerating the supply of renewable energy as quickly as possible so that coal plants can be shut down within 10 years,” said Ursula Fuentes, a senior climate policy adviser at Climate Analytics.

14 May 2020

Finance for the most vulnerable

Finance for the most vulnerableUNA-UK Climate 2020 Report

A decade on from its creation, how successful is the Green Climate Fund in translating finance from rich countries into climate action for the most vulnerable? An article by Director of our New York office and Head of Implementation Strategies Laetitia De Marez in UNA-UK's report Climate2020.

27 April 2020

South Korea to implement Green New Deal after ruling party election win

South Korea to implement Green New Deal after ruling party election winClimate Home News

South Korea is on track to set a 2050 carbon neutrality goal and end coal financing after its elections. Ursula Fuentes Hutfilter from Climate Analytics said “This is a clear mandate and opportunity for the party to implement these policies,” adding that for the Democratic Party to turn its promises into something credible it needed to take “concrete steps”, including updating its 2030 emissions target and developing a clear roadmap to phase out coal power.

16 April 2020

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