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Climate Initiative

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Climate Initiative

Climate Initiative

There is unprecedented, international support to address climate change. The Paris Agreement – a global and legally binding agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming to well below 2oC is now in force. The Sustainable Development Goals provide clear 2030 goals on a range of environmental and social issues – including Goal 13 which is an explicit requirement to combat climate change. And recently, the international community reached two more milestone agreements, one on limiting international carbon emissions from aviation, and one on reducing HFCs – one of the more potent greenhouse gases. The challenge is now to ensure business, governments and civil society work together to deliver on the existing commitments ahead of the first review period in 2018.

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President Trump Decision to Leave Paris Agreement is a Colossal Mistake

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STATEMENT: President Trump Decision to Leave Paris Agreement is a Colossal Mistake

Statement - June 01, 2017
President Trump Decision to Leave Paris Agreement is a Colossal Mistake

WASHINGTON (June 1, 2017) —Today President Trump announced that the United States will withdrawal from the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Following is a statement by Andrew Steer, President & CEO, World Resources Institute:

“This decision is a colossal mistake. It shows a stunning disregard for the well-being of people and the planet. President Trump will now have to answer for walking away from one of the most hard-fought and popular global achievements in recent memory.

“Withdrawing from the Paris Agreement will leave the U.S. diplomatically adrift, at odds with nearly 200 countries. There are now 194 countries united in their determination on climate, while a group of three – Syria, Nicaragua, and the United States – stand apart.

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India will sell only electric cars within the next 13 years

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India will sell only electric cars within the next 13 years

Traffic moves across Howrah Bridge in Kolkata April 8, 2011. Higher input costs and interest rates are seen crimping demand for cars in India, the second-fastest growing auto market in the world after China, with sales growth expected to more than halve in this fiscal year to 12-15 percent from the peaks scaled a year earlier. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri (INDIA - Tags: TRANSPORT BUSINESS) - RTR2KYP6
In India, almost as many people die from air pollution as cigarette smoke Image: REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri
23 May 2017

Every car sold in India from 2030 will be electric, under new government plans that have delighted environmentalists and dismayed the oil industry.

It’s hoped that by ridding India’s roads of petrol and diesel cars in the years ahead, the country will be able to reduce the harmful levels of air pollution that contribute to a staggering 1.2 million deaths per year.

India’s booming economy has seen it become the world’s third-largest oil importer, shelling out $150 billion annually for the resource – so a switch to electric-powered vehicles would put a sizable dent in demand for oil. It’s been calculated that the revolutionary move would save the country $60 billion in energy costs by 2030, while also reducing running costs for millions of Indian car owners.

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Cities taking action, learning from each other to adapt to climate change

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Cities taking action, learning from each other to adapt to climate change

News Published 27 Feb 2017 Last modified 08 Mar 2017
Despite budgetary challenges, cities and towns across Europe are taking action to put in place measures that will help them adapt to the impacts of climate change. A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report released today highlights the opportunities open to municipalities to share best practices and how they can support projects like green roofs or expanding city parks to help alleviate the negative effects of climate change.

Image © Areal picture: Mathias Friedel, vision: Triebhaus Landschaftsarchitekten Hamburg, montage: Rolf Kuchling

The EEA report “Financing urban adaptation to climate change,” takes a closer look at innovative funding options now being used, such as green bonds and crowdfunding, alongside traditional funding channels. The report includes case studies that analyse how 11 cities across Europe are developing, funding and implementing urban adaptation measures. The case studies outline various projects that will help cities better protect themselves from the damage caused by extreme weather events. These include building more green spaces and installing green roofs, which enhance water retention and provide cooling as well as thermal insulation.

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Smart Cities Initiatives

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Smart Cities Initiatives

Covenant of Mayors - CoM logo

Covenant of Mayors

The Covenant of Mayors is the mainstream European movement involving local and regional authorities, voluntarily committing to increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy sources on their territories. By their commitment, Covenant signatories aim to meet and exceed the European Union 20% CO2 reduction objective by 2020.

MONI - Monitoring Action Plans
SEAP - Sustainable Energy Action Plan
SIGN - signatories

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EIP-Smart Cities and Communities Market Place

The European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities (EIP-SCC) is an initiative supported by the European Commission bringing together cities, industry, SMEs, banks, research and other smart city actors. The EIP-SCC consists of the High Level Group (supported by its Sherpa Group) and the Market Place. The EIP-SCC Market Place has been designed for those who are active in the area of Smart Cities and are willing to know more about ongoing and foreseen activities throughout Europe.

Invitation for Commitments

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) [PDF]

Search the Commitments database

 

 

 

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CITYKeys

The CITYkeys project addresses challenges such as the transition to low carbon, resource-efficient cities and the uptake of innovative and smart solutions. It aims to speed up the transition by facilitating and enabling stakeholders in projects or cities to learn from each other, create trust in solutions, and monitor progress, by means of a common performance measurement framework, that will also increase confidence that the existing solutions can also be applied in other contexts and cities.

Smart city KPIs and related methodology [PDF]

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CIVITAS

The CIVITAS initiative was launched in 2002 to redefine transport measures and policies in order to create cleaner, better transport in cities. Over the past decade CIVITAS has managed to test over 800 measures and urban transport solutions, supported by the intensive exchange of good practices in the field. There are many ways to be involved in CIVITAS. Your city can be part of a demonstration project and develop a set of activities. You can also become a member of the CIVITAS Forum Network and participate in the exchange of experience, or join one of the National Networks.

Demonstration cities

Forum Network cities

Green Digital Charter

The Green Digital Charter commits cities to reducing emissions through ICT and promoting progress in tackling climate change through the innovative use of digital technologies. The commitments are: A. work with other signatory cities on ICT & energy efficiency, B.deploy 5 large-scale "ICT for energy efficiency" projects within 5 years, C. decrease ICT’s direct carbon footprint by 30% within 10 years.

Signatory cities

Green Digital Charter Governance document [PDF]

European Energy Award

The European Energy Award supports municipalities willing to contribute to sustainable energy policy and urban development through the rational use of energy and increased use of renewable energies. There are more than 1,300 municipalities participating today.

Join award

BUILD UP: The European portal for energy efficiency in buildings

BUILD UP is an environment for building professionals, local authorities and building occupants. BUILD UP promotes the exchange of best practices available across Europe for implementation of energy-saving measures in buildings.

Assessment of Member States' building renovation strategies

SETIS: Strategic Energy Technologies Information System

SETIS plays a central role in the successful implementation of the SET-Plan by helping to identify energy technology and RD&D objectives, striving to build consensus around the SET-Plan programme, identifying new opportunities, and assessing the effectiveness and efficiency of the SET-Plan in delivering energy and climate change policy goals.

SET-Plan

Energy Cities

Energy Cities is the European Association of local authorities in energy transition. The association created in 1990 represents now more than 1,000 towns and cities in 30 countries. Its main objectives include strengthening cities’ role and skills in the field of sustainable energy, representing their interests and influencing EU policies, and exchange of experiences, transfer of know-how and the implementation of joint projects.

Member cities

European Energy Research Alliance (EERA) Joint Programme Smart Cities

The Joint Programme on Smart Cities aims to develop new scientific methods, concepts and tools designed to support European cities in their transformation into smart cities. The key focus is on large-scale integration of renewable energies and enhanced energy efficiency, enabled through smart energy management at city level.

Sub-Programme 1: Energy in Cities

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Application of EU’s Emissions Trading System rules improving

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Application of EU’s Emissions Trading System rules improving

News Published 19 May 2017
Application of the rules that underpin the European Union’s Emissions Trading System is improving, with more complete data being reported by EU Member States, according to a new assessment published by the European Environment Agency today. However, improvements are still needed in monitoring and reporting, both by operators and countries.

Image © Krzysztof Szkurlatowski; 12frames.eu

The EEA report ‘Application of the European Union Emissions Trading Directive in 2015’ provides an overview of the information reported in 2016 by EU Member States on the implementation of the EU Emission Trading System Directive until 2015.

The assessment identified four areas where the directive was implemented well. These include: the use of certain flexibilities to reduce administrative burden for smaller emitters; the completeness of sampling plans to better determine emissions; the use of more accurate methods by installations for measuring emissions; and the decreasing number of complaints against accredited companies in charge of verifying emissions reports.

Areas for improvement

Several areas were identified where improvements would enhance the application of the EU ETS Directive. These include in particular: better reporting by operators on possible improvements to monitoring; more detailed verification procedures; better reporting of biofuel use and better implementation of monitoring and reporting requirements by aircraft operators; better notification of authorities by operators on changes to their installations; better coordination between different authorities within countries; or improved reporting by countries on penalties for non-compliance.

Background

The report is prepared by the EEA and its European Topic Centre for Air pollution and Climate Change Mitigation (ETC/ACM). Under Article 21 of the EU ETS Directive, EU Member States must report to the European Commission every year on their progress in implementing the directive. This assessment is based on a questionnaire which the EEA uses as a basis for its evaluation.

https://www.eea.europa.eu/highlights/application-of-eu2019s-emissions-trading/#parent-fieldname-title
 

The 2017 Offshore Wind Executive Summit: The Parallels of Wind, Oil and Gas

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About Offshore Wind Executive Summit

The U.S. is on the brink of a booming offshore wind industry – are you ready? The 2017 Offshore Wind Executive Summit: The Parallels of Wind, Oil and Gas will bring together decision makers from wind and offshore oil and gas, both from the U.S. and Europe.   Using many of the same technologies—design, foundations, vessels, cabling and a highly skilled workforce—offshore O&G experts play an important role in the advancement of U.S. offshore wind.   The Offshore Wind Executive Summit will provide the forum to establish new business relationships. Educate yourself on the current market including project development, important policy issues and the complicated supply chain. This event will give attendees the chance to develop what is necessary to advance the U.S. offshore wind industry.

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7 Crazy Things That Are Going To Happen As Sea Levels Rise

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Headline: 7 Crazy Things That Are Going To Happen As Sea Levels Rise

 

Meta: Sea levels are currently rising, and that’s not good. But what exactly is going to happen. Here are 7 crazy things.

 

H1: 7 Crazy Things That Are Going To Happen As Sea Levels Rise

 

 

In the movie The Day After Tomorrow, the entire earth is struck by a catastrophic weather pattern that causes a massive rise in sea levels and ushers in a new ice age. It’s a pretty cheesy movie that is high on special effects and low on quality acting.

 

How likely is an event like that? Will we be struck by some sort of rogue storm that transforms the face of the planet?

 

Probably not.

 

But we do know that sea levels are rising and it certainly is changing the face of the earth. Although it’s happening at a much slower rate, the long term effects will be incredibly devastating.

 

In this post we’re going to explain why sea levels are rising, what will happen as a result, and how cities are preparing for it.

 

Why Are Sea Levels Rising?

 

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There isn’t much doubt that sea levels are rising. From 1880 - 2009, the global sea level rose approximately 8 inches. That means that all the oceans are now approximately 8 inches higher now than they were 150 years ago.

 

Even more frightening, the average annual rate of the global rise dramatically increased from 1993 - 2008, up 65 - 90 percent over the previous years. The waters are rising faster, with the U.S. East Coast and the Gulf of Mexico increasing the fastest.

 

But why is this happening? Several reasons:

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Energy and Renewables in Turkey (Türkiye)

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Energy and Renewables in Turkey (Türkiye)

Renewable Energy

Turkey has become one of the fastest growing energy markets in the world, paralleling its economic growth over the last ten years. Following the successfully implemented privatization program in the said period – power distribution is now completely in private sector hands, while the privatization of power generation assets is set to be completed within the next few years – has given the country’s energy sector a highly competitive structure and new horizons for growth.

Economic expansion, rising per capita income, positive demographic trends and the rapid pace of urbanization have been the main drivers of energy demand, which is estimated to increase by around 6 percent per annum until 2023. The current 74 GW installed electricity capacity is expected to reach 120 GW by 2023 to satisfy the increasing demand in the country, with further investments to be commissioned by the private sector. As part of its efforts to offer sustainable and reliable energy to consumers, Turkey offers investors favorable incentives, such as feed-in-tariffs, purchase guarantees, connection priorities, license exemptions, etc., depending on the type and capacity of the energy generation facility.

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Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS): Knowledge for Sustainable Stewardship of Social-ecological Systems

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Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS): Knowledge for Sustainable Stewardship of Social-ecological Systems

Guest Editorial


Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society: Knowledge for sustainable stewardship of social-ecological systems
Albert V Norström, Patricia Balvanera, Marja Spierenburg, and Meriem Bouamrane

Research


A holistic approach to studying social-ecological systems and its application to southern Transylvania
Jan Hanspach, Tibor Hartel, Andra I. Milcu, Friederike Mikulcak, Ine Dorresteijn, Jacqueline Loos, Henrik von Wehrden, Tobias Kuemmerle, David Abson, Anikó Kovács-Hostyánszki, András Báldi, and Joern Fischer
Plausible futures of a social-ecological system: Yahara watershed, Wisconsin, USA
Stephen R Carpenter, Eric G. Booth, Sean Gillon, Christopher J. Kucharik, Steven Loheide, Amber S. Mase, Melissa Motew, Jiangxiao Qiu, Adena R Rissman, Jenny Seifert, Evren Soylu, Monica Turner, and Chloe B Wardropper
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Circular Economy

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Circular Economy

Circular Economy

Transforming to a circular and sharing economy decouples manufacturing, production and consumption systems from natural resource constraints whilst optimizing the utilization of assets and democratizing wealth creation opportunities. In a low growth, low employment world, this offers a model for sustainable growth especially when harnessed to the potential of the 4IR.

Accelerating this transformation requires a simultaneously “glocal” approach - global multi-stakeholder collaboration for large scale systems change (in finance, technology, supply chains), combined with specific localised systems change (in cities, provinces, countries).

By engaging international organisations and multinational businesses at the global level with a group of champion governments, businesses and civil society at the regional/national/subnational level, the project is building a community of purpose to identify and initiate public-private actions that will accelerate this change. The work will manifest in at least 4 regions/countries/provinces around the world, including China (Guangzhou), East Africa (Rwanda), Europe (the Netherlands) Latin America, Japan and the United States.

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Trump and Climate Catastrophe

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Trump and Climate Catastrophe

Trump Digs Coal

Photo Credit: BBC, Getty Images.

John Bellamy Foster is the editor of MR and a professor of sociology at the University of Oregon. He is coauthor, with Paul Burkett, of Marx and the Earth (Haymarket, 2017).
This very expensive GLOBAL WARMING bullshit has got to stop. Our planet is freezing, record low temps, and our GW scientists are stuck in ice.

Donald Trump, January 2, 20141

The alarm bells are ringing. The climate-change denialism of the Trump administration, coupled with its goal of maximizing fossil-fuel extraction and consumption at all costs, constitutes, in the words of Noam Chomsky, “almost a death knell for the human species.” As noted climatologist Michael E. Mann has declared, “I fear that this may be game over for the climate.”2

The effects of the failure to mitigate global warming will not of course come all at once, and will not affect all regions and populations equally. But just a few years of inaction in the immediate future could lock in dangerous climate change that would be irreversible for the next ten thousand years.3 It is feared that once the climatic point of no return—usually seen as a 2°C increase in global average temperatures—is reached, positive-feedback mechanisms will set in, accelerating warming trends and leading, in the words of James Hansen, former director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies and the foremost U.S. climate scientist, to “a dynamic situation that is out of [human] control,” propelling the world toward the 4°C (or even higher) future that is thought by scientists to portend the end of civilization, in the sense of organized human society.4

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Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster

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Trump’s Mexican Border Wall Would Be an Ecological Disaster

US-Mexico Border Wall in San Diego. Image: Bruno Sanchez-Andrade/Flickr

What we build on the border impacts more than just humans.

President Trump signed an executive order on Wednesday pushing ahead one of his signature campaign stumps—the construction of a massive $14-20 billion wall along the 2,000-mile-long border with Mexico, designed to deter illegal immigrants and drugs from entering the United States.

The wall has faced fierce criticisms from human rights groups for the possible humanitarian disaster it could cause (ask Berlin about this). But if built, the wall could pose another threat altogether: ecological disaster.

A barrier would sever animal populations living in the fragile desert ecosystems of the US-Mexico border from food resources, mates, and important migration routes. Such a disruption would deal an irreparable blow to countless species, including extraordinarily rare ones like the Sonoran jaguar and Mexican gray wolf.

Man-made barriers like roads and fences are some of the most devastating types of development to wildlife.

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