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After days of intense negotiations that stretched into early Sunday morning in Sharm el-Sheikh, countries at the latest UN Climate Change Conference, COP27, reached agreement on an outcome that established a funding mechanism to compensate vulnerable nations for ‘loss and...
As the 27th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP27) closes, the collective power of civil society groups and grassroots climate activists saw a historic outcome with the establishment of a loss and damage fund. But this victory cannot be attributed to the developed nations who have been blocking and...
A new report provides a global equity analysis of how climate pledges stack up against the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5°C. The 2022 Civil Society Equity Review, endorsed by over 200 civil society organisations and social movements, builds on previous years’ elaborations of what fair shares means...
Media organisations worldwide have published a common view about the need for nations to cooperate, accept their moral responsibilities and fairly share the burden of tackling climate change. Climate change is a global problem that requires cooperation between all nations. That’s why today more than 30 newspapers...
As world leaders gather this week in the Egyptian city Sharm El-Sheikh for the United Nations Climate Change Conference, the Climate Clock team is using various displays as reminders of a looming deadline and just how much high-polluting nations owe the Global South. By Jessica Corbett at Common Dreams. The Climate...
The US should be paying nearly $40bn towards the $100bn climate-finance target, new Carbon Brief analysis shows. This is $32bn more than the estimated $8bn it actually gave in 2020. Other laggards include the UK, Canada and Australia, which all made smaller financial contributions to the internationally agreed target...
Devastating floods and record-high heatwaves have been making headlines this summer, but some countries have been suffering for far longer - and are grappling with far worse than minor water shortages. In a new report on the impact of climate on food supply, Oxfam found a 123 per cent rise in acute hunger in the 10...
Contents Our activity and impact in 2021 Print publications and our website Campaining activities and evens Future plans and projects Our activity and impact in 2021 As the year 2021 began, the need for sharing global resources was unprecedented. Acute food insecurity had soared to a five-year high, while...
To bring about a 'Great Leap' scenario, it is necessary to address the fundamental inequalities that are the root cause of the ecological crisis, writes Paul Virgo for IPS news. In 1972 the Club of Rome alerted the world to the harm human economic systems were doing to the health of our planet in its seminal, best-...
Human rights advocates could be more active in using human rights tools to transform economic thought and practice, particularly in holding private and public economic actors accountable for their actions. From a human rights perspective, economics is failing us. Inequalities are growing; we are consuming more than...
50 years ago, the report ‘The Limits of Growth’ was published — and its scenarios turned out surprisingly accurate. But we can still change course, writes Jayati Ghosh for International Politics and Society. In 1972, the United Nations held its first-ever environmental summit in Stockholm. In the run-up to the event...
Change will come, and can only come from committed people mobilizing in common cause as a powerful social movement, writes David Korten. In his message launching the most recent report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on April 4, 2022, U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres offered the following ...
More than 37 million people are facing acute hunger, with approximately seven million children under the age of five acutely malnourished in the region.   While finding food and safe water is the absolute priority, WHO said that ensuring a strong health emergency response is needed to avert preventable disease and...
From today onwards, humanity is living on credit. Every year, Overshoot Day – the date by which humanity has consumed all the resources that Earth can sustainably produce in one year – arrives earlier. In 1970, it fell on December 29, in 1990 on October 11, and this year on July 28, proof that we are deepening our "...
Wildfires and heatwaves wreaking havoc across swathes of the globe show humanity facing “collective suicide”, the UN secretary general has warned, as governments around the world scramble to protect people from the impacts of extreme heat. António Guterres told ministers from 40 countries meeting to discuss the...