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Author: Envolverde (Brazil)

“COP 22: a insustentável leveza de Blairo Maggi em Marrakech-Ministro da Agricultura é protagonista de reclamações, elogios, contestações e comparações no mínimo polêmicas”, 17 de novembro de 2016

...[Na]...última semana da COP 22 teve início o...Segmento de Alto Nível...[no qual]...a chefia da delegação brasileira está a cargo do Ministro do Meio Ambiente, Sarney Filho, mas quem tem agitado a participação do Brasil é o nosso Ministro da Agricultura, Pecuária e Abastecimento, Blairo Maggi. Em suas intervenções,...Maggi...tem sido bastante veemente em defender o agronegócio brasileiro e discordar de posicionamentos caros aos ambientalistas. Apesar de reconhecer as mudanças climáticas como algo “comprovado cientificamente e um grande risco para a produção de alimentos no país” e sentir na pele, como proprietário rural...e refletir sobre o futuro...Maggi não deixa de contestar as reservas legais definidas no Código Florestal e cujo seu Ministério é um dos principais guardiões...O ministro tem reclamado do posicionamento dos países ricos quanto à falta de reconhecimento dos esforços brasileiros para conservar áreas florestais e, portanto, contribuindo para evitar a emissão de gases de efeito estufa...Maggi considera um problema assumirmos esse “ônus”... Outra polêmica de Maggi foi causada quando ele contestou o número de ativistas ambientais assassinados...

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18 November 2016

Over 100 CEOs & investors meet govt. leaders to discuss plans on natl. climate commitments

Author: UN Global Compact

"Chief Executives Lay Out Concrete Plans to Put Global Climate Agreement into Action at COP 22," 17 Nov 2016

More than 100 high-level business leaders and investors met with leaders from Government, civil society and the United Nations in a show of…commitment to taking action on the Paris Climate Agreement at the COP 22…Over the course of the High-Level Meeting, participants mapped out how they plan to accelerate climate action and increase low-carbon investments at the country level. Business representatives shared proposals on how the private sector can support and reinforce national climate priorities on mitigation and adaptation and highlighted the inextricable link between addressing climate change and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)…UN Global Compact announced a new solutions platform Pathway to Low-Carbon & Resilient Development to mobilize the private sector to catalyze country-level action to meet the ambitions of the Paris Agreement and the SDGs. The platform will help companies scale up climate action that contributes to the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and national SDG plans…

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18 November 2016

UN launches initiative to showcase activities by businesses & govts. that aid transition to carbon neutrality

Author: Global Climate Action

"UN Helps Individuals, Companies and Governments Go Climate Neutral: 'Momentum for Change' Joins 'Climate Neutral Now'," 17 Nov 2016

The United Nations Climate Change secretariat has launched a new initiative that will showcase efforts by individuals, companies and governments that are achieving real results in transitioning to climate neutrality.Momentum for Change: Climate Neutral Now brings together…Momentum for Change initiative to shine a light on…activities…that are moving the world toward a…low-carbon future…[and] Climate Neutral Now initiative to urge individuals, companies and governments to measure their climate footprint…Speakingat a special eventsenior government officials and influential corporate leaders highlighted the importance of climate neutrality…Philips has publically pledged to cut its carbon footprint to zero by 2020…Microsoft has also been a corporate leader when it comes to putting innovations to work to minimize its environmental impact…Microsoft has also been actively involved in the secretariat’s Climate Neutral Now initiative, not only by pledging to go carbon neutral but also by providing its Azure cloud computing platform on which the secretariat’s online platform for voluntary cancellation of certified emission reductions is built…

 

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18 November 2016

US Secretary of State Kerry confident market decisions will move clean energy transition forward, regardless of Trump administration

Author: Sandy Dechert, Clean Technica

"Kerry Reaffirms US Climate Commitments At COP22," 16 Nov 2016

US Secretary of State John Kerry gave one of the most important speeches…during…COP22…“At some point, even the strongest skeptic has to acknowledge that something disturbing is happening,” Kerry said…The recent US election has raised doubt among delegates in Marrakesh…Many have viewed Kerry’s remarks at COP22 as an unstated but pointed challenge to US President-elect Donald Trump…Kerry sees climate change as an issue beyond partisan debate. He also noted that US military and intelligence leaders have recognized it as a potential “threat-multiplier.” Kerry pointed out…“I can tell you with confidence that the United States is…on our way to meeting all of the international targets we have set. Because of the market decisions that are being made [the current American clean energy transition], I do not believe that that can or will be reversed.”…President-elect Trump would be wise to adopt the international cause of restraining climate change as his own mantra. In doing so, he would respect both the will of the American people and the proven science…

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17 November 2016

Climate justice day at COP22 considers climate impacts on indigenous people

Author: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Spotlight on indigenous rights at COP22 climate," 17 Nov 2016

“When I was seven years old, an oil company came to my village,” says Nina Gualinga, 23, recalling how her indigenous Kichwa community was offered $10,000 to allow oil operations in the…rainforest…For the people of Sarayaku, protecting their forests is about keeping oil in the ground and preventing deforestation in order to defend their lands and way of life. Without receiving the community's permission, the oil companies arrived…When the Kichwa people resisted, State military forces arrived to beat the men, bury dynamite under indigenous land and cut down the forest. The Kichwa took their case to the Inter-American Court on Human Rights…where…the court ruled that the government must consult indigenous communities before licensing oil companies to do business on indigenous territory…At the COP22 climate talks in Marrakech…Gualinga is urging governments to prioritize climate justice for indigenous communities in climate actions aimed at reducing carbon emissions…She noted that floods that used to come every 15 to 20 years, now occur two or three times in a single year…

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17 November 2016

Climate justice day at COP22: Mary Robinson writes human rights must be central to climate action

Author: Mary Robinson, in Devex

"Opinion: Climate action will not wait for 2020," 17 Nov 2016

…The Paris agreement is a symbol of success for multilateralism…But having secured not just the Paris agreement but also the Sustainable Development Goals, the imperative now is implementation…Climate action is happening and there is a choice…to be made…to choose a transition with climate justice or a transition without climate justice. Marrakech plays host to the first ever Climate Justice Day at a COP…to celebrate the fact that the Paris agreement gives unprecedented attention to the social dimensions of climate change and the need to respect…the rights of all people…Cities, communities, businesses and countries are already taking action to…achieve the goals set down in Paris…The choice is whether or not…the actions respect human rights and share the benefits equitably…Violence, injustice and natural disasters are all taking their toll…[P]eople are fearful when…their leaders…tell them there is something to be scared of. At times of change and anxiety…the challenge is to get people engaged, positively, for a better future…[I]nclusive diverse and tolerant societies are what is needed to deliver the transformation we need to sustainable development…

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14 November 2016

Business & govt. leaders discuss need to rapidly increase renewables to meet Paris climate agreement goals

Author: International Renewable Energy Agency

"Decarbonising the Global Economy: Thinking Differently to Achieve a Renewable Energy Future," 14 Nov 2016 

…During a plenary session at the World Climate Summit on 13 November, held on the sidelines of COP22…a diverse panel of speakers discussed the kinds of innovations needed to achieve rapid deployment of renewables…IRENA Director General Adnan Z. Amin introduced the session with the observation that the transformation of the power sector is no longer an issue given that the business case has become so clear…The greater challenge…lies with finding solutions for transport, heating and cooling, and energy intensive industries…Paddy Padmanathan, President and CEO of…ACWA Power International, described how his company set world records for low-cost wind and solar generation. But he also…said that key factors for success include clear procurement policies, a strong enabling environment with clearly established rules, and a long-term mind-set amongst investors…Bruno Bensasson of ENGIE South Africa explained that Africa needs reliable, competitive sources of energy, and that until recently renewable energy wasn’t seen as meeting either of those needs. This view is rapidly changing as costs have gone down…

 

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11 November 2016

Businesses & govts. announce commitments to increase clean energy at COP22

Author: Global Climate Action

"Energy Leaders Accelerate Climate Action," 11 Nov 2016

…[L]eaders from a wide range of sectors are coming together on Energy Day at…COP22…

Discussions and commitments made throughout the day will include: 

…RE100 and EP100 initiatives

  • Pre-launch commitments to “One for All” – a global campaign…that seeks to mobilize new forms of capital…to end energy poverty before 2030.
  • …Small Island Developing States (SIDS) Lighthouses Initiative…aimed at supporting islands in the transformation of their energy systems.
  • …Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI) 
  • The remarkable renewable energy transformation of Morocco…

New announcements made on Energy Day include:

  • …The RE100 and EP100 initiatives are designed to work together to provide the least-cost decarbonisation pathway for business, and today three companies – Dalmia Cement, Philips Lighting and Swiss Re – become the first companies to be part of both campaigns…
  • Together, RE100 companies are collectively creating over 100TWh of demand for renewable electricity – more than enough to power Morocco three times over…
  • A new private-sector led initiative, the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance (REBA)…builds connections between corporate electricity demand and renewable energy supply…

 [Also refers to Facebook, Formula E, and Mars.]

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9 November 2016

Govt. leaders believe Trump & USA will have difficulty pulling out of Paris Agreement

Author: Alister Doyle, Reuters (UK)

"Morocco sees 'no turning back' for climate pact, despite Trump," 6 Nov 2016

…The U.S. election is casting a shadow over the meeting of officials from almost 200 nations in Marrakesh…to work on ways to implement pledges made in Paris to adopt cleaner energies such as wind and solar power. Trump wants to ditch the Paris Agreement…Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar…said the agreement had strong momentum after formally entering into force…Asked about Trump's threats, U.N. climate chief Patricia Espinosa noted that any state wanting to pull out would have to follow formal legal procedures, due to last four years…Still, the agreement lets all nations to define their own commitments for fighting climate change and has no sanctions for non-compliance. With the U.N. accord legally in place, Trump may find it easier if he wins to oppose U.S. President Barack Obama's plans to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions by 26 to 28 percent cut by 2025 from 2005 levels. Trump says the agreement would undermine U.S. jobs, such as in the coal industry…

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9 November 2016

Video: Role of non-state actors in fight against climate change

Author: UNFCCC

[Participants include:

  • Hakima El Haite, Minister of Environment of Morocco
  • Jill Duggan, Director, Prince of Wales Corporate Leaders Group
  • Frances Way, Carbon Disclosure P
  • Betrand Camuz, CEO, Suez Eau France]

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