Wendel Trio

Northern forests, climate change and the UNFCCC

Forests have a great potential to deliver on climate mitigation (and adaptation) while at the same time providing important benefits to biodiversity and the indigenous peoples who depend on them. Forests and their soils store approximately 60% of the total carbon stock contained in terrestrial carbon pools while emissions from deforestation and forest degradation account for around 30% of global carbon emissions. The Briefing is discussing options how to establish a negotiation process in the UNFCCC to protect forests.

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Acid News

Countries are not on track to achieve the 1.5°C target

Discussions about new 2035 and 2040 climate targets have started in the European Union.
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Acid News

Editorial: Canada not happy with EU Deforestation Regulation

EU Member States and the European Parliament recently agreed on the Regulation on deforestation-free products, which aims to promote the consumption of forest-friendly products and reduce the EU’s impact on global deforestation and forest degradation.
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Acid News

Northern forests and climate change project

AirClim’s Northern Forests and Climate Change project aims to increase the visibility of Northern forests in the international climate debate. 
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Briefing

EU climate targets aligned with the Paris agreement’s 1.5°C objective

With climate impacts happening all around, governments are expected to increase action to limit greenhouse gas emissions and subsequent temperature rise. The longer we delay transformative action, the more substantial and challenging the necessary greenhouse gas emission cuts will need to be. This also applies to the EU.

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Northern Forests and Climate Change

AirClim’s Northern Forests and Climate Change project aims to increase the visibility of Northern forests in the international climate debate. To enhance international action this project aims at:
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Acid News

Editorial: EU climate target still not adapted to climate reality

On 8 September, the UN once again issued a report showing how governments are failing to take adequate action to implement the promises they made in the Paris Agreement. The so-called Synthesis Report on the Technical Dialogue from the First Global Stocktake showed how governments are good at making ambitious collective commitments but fail to take the right action at home to turn these collective pledges into a reality.
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Acid News

Global efforts to reduce energy demand

At the last G20 Leaders’ Summit, which took place on 9–10 September 2023 in New Delhi, India, the leaders of the world’s biggest economies agreed to pursue tripling renewable energy capacity globally.
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Report

No further discussion needed. The agreed global goal is to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C

The agreed global goal is to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. Now countries must act to make this happen.

This briefing explains the scientific and political process which led to countries committing explicitly to limit temperature rise to 1.5°C. Instrumental to these decisions was a process called: the Periodic Review of the long-term global goal under the Convention and of overall progress towards achieving it (PR2). The briefing also gives an overview how the Kyoto Protocol was implemented and which greenhouse gas reductions were achieved.

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Briefing

Failing to achieve 1.5°C puts a huge economic burden on our (grand)children

Short briefing which calculates, based on methodology developed by the London School of Economics, what the costs of action and inaction would be for several EU scenarios. The briefing finds that current policies would lead to a GDP loss of 7.11%/year by 2100, while implementing the Fit for 55 proposals would lead to an annual loss of 2.58%. Opting for a real 1.5°C compatible pathway on the other hand would lead to an increase of GDP of 0.84%. The benefits of increasing ambition are thus also important in economic terms. In particular for future generations as they will foot the bill of our inaction.

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