Thursday 17th December 2020 — “The world is still not on track to fulfil the 2015 Paris climate agreement, the UK’s business secretary Alok Sharma warned, after a summit of more than 70 world leaders on the climate crisis ended with few new commitments on greenhouse gas emissions,” The Guardian story leads. In terms of natural climate solutions, here’s what the N4C team and our partners recorded.
Articles Tagged: Paris Agreement
World Soil Day: It’s time to scale-up soil carbon
As we accelerate critical global action on climate change, the role of soil organic carbon in global carbon cycles is growing in visibility and political buy-in. At this week’s UN climate meeting in Madrid (COP25) advocates are eager to see support for new programs following from this scientific and political momentum.
New report: Nature-based solutions for NDCs
Climate targets cannot be met without the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of nature and biodiversity. This pathway provides a seven-step approach and framework for national governments to identify potential nature-based solutions with the aim of enhancing their climate mitigation and adaptation action in a cost-effective manner and with multiple co-benefits.
Nature’s crucial moment at the next UN Climate Summit
At what might be the most high-profile summit on climate change since the 2015 UN conference that led to the Paris Agreement, nature will play a central role as a lead theme and one of the key six ‘action’ areas at the UN Secretary-General summit, during Climate Week. To celebrate and endorse nature’s role as a climate solution and its intrinsic value providing a third of the climate solution by 2030, Nature4Climate will host four days of powerful programming at the Convene 101 Park Avenue and Central Park Zoo from September 22nd to 25th.
N4C applauds world’s first soil carbon project to earn credits under UN Paris Agreement
In a world first, carbon credits are to be counted for the first time under the United Nations Climate Paris Agreement. These have just been issued for a soil carbon project under the Australian Emissions Reduction Fund. The credits were received by the Grounds Keeping Carbon Project, which showcases the work of an innovation and farming system in Victoria that creates soil carbon in pastures at rates that are comparable with forests.
Finding space for renewables
A new science study shows that countries including the top 10 emitters can meet the Paris Agreement energy targets and maintain natural climate solutions by prioritizing development of renewables on already converted lands and avoiding conversion of natural lands. The analysis also reveals that the world has 19 times the required energy targets on converted lands.
Sustainable forestry: Republic of Korea has lessons to offer to developing countries
As UN Climate talks kick off this week in Poland, it’s clear that delivering on the Paris Agreement requires action on natural climate solutions alongside efforts on energy, industry, buildings and transport. If we are to unlock natural climate solutions, as with all sectors of the economy, negotiators at COP24 need to agree clear guidance for governments to follow, known as the Paris rule book.
How big data can help us fight climate change faster
Big data — whether historical or real-time — can also help us tackle the problem, for example by locating harmful emissions or identifying pressure points along the supply chain. This transformative change in data capabilities is an example of what the World Economic Forum refers to as the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The deforestation risks lurking in the banking sector
Are financial institutions overlooking a critical climate risk? Deforestation and forest degradation account for around 15% of human-made emissions, second only to fossil fuel combustion. More than half of deforestation is the result of the production of commodities such as soy, palm oil, pulp and paper, and cattle products. Read more from Celine Herweijer, UK PWC partner.