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South Korea must double carbon cuts to live up to its international climate obligations: report

South Korea must double carbon cuts to live up to its international climate obligations: report

South Korea must double its greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets to fulfil its obligation under the Paris climate agreement, our new report shows. Significantly strengthening its 2030 climate target would also help ensure South Korea can achieve its recently announced goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, which would be very difficult under current emission trajectory.
13 May 2020
Europe’s biggest geoscience conference goes virtual

Europe’s biggest geoscience conference goes virtual

Every year about 15 000 scientists descend on Vienna for the General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union. This year due to coronavirus restrictions it will be the biggest virtual gathering of geoscientists from around the world. Ten of our experts will showcase their work on topics such as weather extremes, climate adaptation, and interrelations between land management and climate, as well as energy systems modeling.
30 April 2020

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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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Facing Covid and climate, Pacific island capacity stretched

As the economic impacts of COVID-19 on Pacific Small Island Developing States stretch into 2020, there is a real risk that longer-term strategic action on climate change will take a back seat, and countries struggling to keep up with rising tides risk losing further ground.  
27 May 2020

Coronavirus underscores small islands' climate vulnerability

The coronavirus pandemic is a new setback for island states already suffering from climate change and storms such as Cyclone Harold and Hurricane Dorian. They are also preparing for the next season… What are the implications for the efficacy of coronavirus measures as well as for the economic resources available to respond to the pandemic?  
17 April 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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