Global cities disclosing climate action up by 70%

The number of cities that are disclosing their climate actions has gone up by 70% from 2015. A total of 533 cities globally are now measuring and disclosing environmental data in order to manage emissions, build resilience and protect themselves from the impacts of climate change, according to the Carbon Disclosure Project. Those cities represent 621 million citizens […]

Businesses urge governments to ratify Paris Agreement

Global businesses are calling on governments to ratify the Paris Agreement. They urged policymakers to do so “without further delay” at the Business & Climate Summit in London this week. Their call comes after more than 170 nations signed the historic climate deal to keep global temperatures below 2°C in April however only some nations, […]

France to set carbon price floor

France plans to set a carbon price floor of around €30 (£23.1) a tonne. French Environment Minister Ségolène Royal told reporters the measure will be part of the country’s 2017 Finance Bill which is expected to be approved by Parliament by the end of the year. The current President of COP21 made the announcement yesterday following […]

UK joins 170 nations to sign landmark climate pact

The UK has joined up to 170 countries in New York today to sign the landmark climate deal agreed in Paris last December. World leaders gathered in New York for the day-long ceremony which was opened by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. He urged all countries to “quickly join” the Paris agreement to tackle […]

Faith leaders urge rapid ratification of Paris Agreement

A total of 270 high-level religious leaders are urging nations to “promptly sign and ratify the Paris Agreement”. The Paris deal which aims to limit the rise of global temperatures well below 2°C was agreed in December by 195 countries and is expected to be signed by more than 130 nations at the UN headquarters this […]

US and China to sign Paris agreement this month

The US and China have announced they will sign the Paris Agreement this month. In a join statement the two countries stated they will put their signatures on the international climate deal on April 22nd. They will then commit to take their respective domestic steps as early as possible this year and work together to promote […]

EU sets next steps to implement Paris agreement

The EU Commission has presented an assessment which looks at the next steps the region has to take following the Paris agreement. It stated the EU should focus on implementing a 2030 energy and climate framework to achieve its targets. Proposals to cut greenhouse gases by at least 40% should be fast-tracked by the European […]

Christiana Figueres to step down from UN climate role in  July

Christiana Figueres has announced she will step down from her UN climate role in July. In a letter to parties of the UN, she said she won’t accept the extension of the role of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Ms Figueres stayed in the post for six years […]

Ségolène Royal named new President of COP21

French Minister of Energy and Environment Ségolène Royal has been appointed as the new President of COP21. The decision follows former Chair of UN climate talks Laurent Fabius‘ resignation yesterday. Ms Royal will be responsible for implementing the climate agreement reached in December in Paris. She will stay in the position until November when the next COP […]

Laurent Fabius resigns as COP21 President

Former French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius has reportedly decided to leave his position as Chair of COP21. He was meant to stay in the post until late 2016 to implement the UN climate agreement reached last December. However reports claim he has been chosen by French President Francois Hollande to head the country’s top constitutional […]