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Abolition of Decc 'major setback for UK's climate change efforts' | Environment. The abolition of the Department of Energy and Climate Change has been condemned by former ministers as a major setback to British efforts to combat global warming. Decc was closed in a series of sweeping changes to the government unveiled by the new prime minister, Theresa May, on Thursday. Its functions, which include representing the UK at international climate talks, responsibility for meeting carbon targets and levying subsidies for green energy, have been transferred to a beefed-up business department led by Greg Clark.

But Ed Davey, who served as Liberal Democrat secretary of state at Decc between 2012 and 2015, criticised the decision. “This is a major setback for the UK’s climate change efforts. Greg Clark may be nice and he may even be green, but by downgrading the Whitehall status of climate change, Theresa May has hit low carbon investor confidence yet again,” he told the Guardian. “This is shocking news. Britain’s new leader just replaced the climate department with a business department. After the Brexit vote, climate hawks voiced concern that a new British government could be less aggressive in fighting climate change. Looks like they may have been right: New British Prime Minister Theresa May hasn’t even unpacked her bags at 10 Downing Street and she’s already got green groups very worried.

May announced Thursday that she would axe the Department for Energy and Climate Change and replace it with the newly formed Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Climate experts and politicians called the move “plain stupid,” “terrible,” and “beyond daft.” “The decision to shut down DECC is a deeply worrying move from Theresa May,” said Green Party Member of Parliament Caroline Lucas. Also troubling, May appointed Andrea Leadsom as the new environment secretary, a woman who has regularly opposed climate action. Cutting carbon emissions isn’t enough. We need negative emissions. Humans will have to not only stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2085, but also develop technology that will result in negative emissions — the removal of 15 billion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year by the end of the century — in order to prevent global warming from exceeding 2 degrees C (3.6 degrees F), according to a new study.

Human greenhouse gas emissions, including methane and carbon dioxide, have already warmed the globe more than 1 degree C (1.8 degrees F) compared to pre-industrial levels. The Paris Climate Agreement negotiated last year seeks to cap warming to below 2 degrees C, while at the same time pursuing an even more ambitious goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees C. But according to a new National Center for Atmospheric Research study, just cutting emissions under the Paris agreement may not be enough to keep global warming from blasting past 2 degrees C, said Benjamin Sanderson, the study’s lead author.

Negative emissions aren’t a new idea. Le casse tête de la répartition de l'effort climatique entre les Européens. At 8 million strong, the Arctic story is just beginning. The movement to save the Arctic has become a great story. It crystallises some of the big challenges of our time into something simple and compelling, a way for millions of people to make sense of the world and work together to improve it. For three years people across the world have joined together to seek a protected sanctuary around the north pole, and an end to destructive industry across the Arctic.

Volunteers and activists take part in an “I love Arctic” event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. We’ve come a long way towards that vision. Today, over eight million people have joined our movement. We have helped force one of the richest oil companies on earth - Shell - into almost total retreat. Thirty brave people risked their liberty in Russia and helped put the issue under a fierce global spotlight. Candlelight vigil held in Mumbai, India in solidarity with the Arctic 30, the activists and journalists detained after a peaceful protest against oil drilling in the Russian Arctic.

World renowned pianist Ludovico Einaudi plays historic concert on Arctic Ocean. Amsterdam, 20 June, 2016 - Italian pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi, today performed one of his own compositions, Elegy for the Arctic, on a floating platform in the Arctic Ocean, against the backdrop of the Wahlenbergbreen glacier (in Svalbard, Norway). [1] Through his music Einaud has added his voice to those of eight million people from across the world demanding protection for the Arctic.

Speaking onboard the Arctic Sunrise, Einaudi said: “Being here has been a great experience. I could see the purity and fragility of this area with my own eyes and interpret a song I wrote to be played upon the best stage in the world. It is important that we understand the importance of the Arctic, stop the process of destruction and protect it.

" The massive early retreat of sea ice due to the effects of climate change allowed the construction of a 2.6 x 10 metre artificial iceberg, made from more than 300 triangles of wood attached together and weighing a total of nearly two tonnes. Contacts: UN boss: Brexit would mean rewriting Paris Agreement on climate change – A vote for Brexit in tomorrow’s UK referendum on EU membership (23 June) would mean that the COP21 agreement would have to be rewritten, the executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change said today (22 June) in Brussels. Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the historic deal struck last December to limit warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels, said the international pact, “would require recalibration”.

It is currently in the process of ratification. “From the point of view of the Paris Agreement, the UK is part of the EU and has put in its effort as part of the EU so anything that would change that would require a recalibration,” she said at a press conference. “In principle, it is actually, historically, we say, as humankind, we are moving towards larger and larger tents of collaboration […] rather than in the opposite way.” “A lot of the fears are fears that are coming out of technology hurting the labour force, not globalisation. Cities forge world's largest alliance to curb climate change. Cities are responsible for an estimated 75 percent of carbon emissions contributing to climate change By Sebastien Malo NEW YORK, June 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Cities in six continents joined up to form the world's largest alliance to combat climate change on Wednesday, a move intended to help make ground-level changes to slow global warming.

More than 7,100 cities in 119 countries formed the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy, a network for helping exchange information on such goals as developing clean energy, organizers said. Cities are responsible for an estimated 75 percent of carbon emissions contributing to climate change and consume 70 percent of global energy, according to the United Nations Environment Programme. "When mayors share a vision of a low-carbon future and roll up their sleeves, things get done," said Maros Sefcovic, the European Commission vice-president and co-chairman of the new alliance, in a statement. Zimbabwe: Trade Unions Embrace Climate Change. TRADE unions in Africa are moving to embrace climate change and green collar jobs that preserve or restore the environment in traditional sectors such as manufacturing and construction, or in emerging green sectors such as renewable energy and energy efficiency.

For years, the trade union movement in Africa has turned a blind eye to issues of climate change, choosing to focus mainly on occupational safety and health despite the disastrous effects of the phenomenon on ordinary jobs that are the lifeline of unionism. With clear global indications that climate change and green jobs are the new phenomenon, trade unions in Africa have embarked on researches to find ways of adapting and mitigating the effects of climate change and embracing green jobs. For Africa, being jolted into accepting green jobs in underdeveloped economies without the social safety nets to cater for those that would lose or have their jobs redefined, is an uphill, but unavoidable task. Ministers Accept EU Emission Trading Scheme Needs Review. Today EU Environment Ministers acknowledged the need for a reform of the EU carbon market. They noted that a review of the level of ambition in the EU Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) is needed in the near future.

Key Ministers also recognised that the Paris Agreement has allowed for new conditions to help with the review process. In reaction to the debate at the Environment Council today, Wendel Trio, director of Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe said: “The Ministers discussed the obvious: the ETS needs an overhaul to be in line with the Paris Agreement goals. Ministers stressed the need for a five year review clause in the ETS Directive, to be able to adapt it to the potential increase of the EU climate target for 2030. “It is high time for the EU leaders to step forward and accept that the Paris Agreement requires a revision of all EU policy tools, including the ETS in due time. Only bold reforms can turn the ETS into a functioning policy tool. Bangladesh vulnerable to climate change as coastal residents are getting displaced. Climate change campaigners welcome China's plan to halve meat consumption. COP22 : transformer l'essai. Les travaux de terrassement et de viabilisation du site de Bab Ighli, qui accueillera la COP22 à Marrakech du 7 au 18 novembre, ont été lancés le 9 juin dernier.

Au même moment, Hakima El Haite, ministre déléguée à l’Environnement, organisatrice de l’événement, achevait une tournée en France pendant que le Maroc adoptait le projet de loi portant sur l’approbation de l’Accord de Paris. Le texte devrait être ratifié d’ici octobre, en amont de la session parlementaire. Le mot d’ordre : montrer que le pays est bel et bien prêt à accueillir la grand-messe environnementale et poursuivre la dynamique amorcée à Paris en décembre dernier.

"Le Maroc est très heureux d’accueillir la COP22. Cet événement va accélérer la mise en œuvre du développement durable dans tout le pays. Aujourd’hui, il n’y a pas une collectivité, un territoire, qui n’ait intégré cette problématique", a tenu à souligner la ministre lors d’une conférence de presse. Cinq priorités pour la COP22 Feuille de route climatique. #BeyondCOP21 #Etats-Unis #Trump promet d’annuler l’accord de Paris sur le #climat une fois élu #climatoscepticisme. Selon le candidat républicain, les règles visant à limiter le réchauffement climatique vont « tuer l’emploi et le commerce ». LE MONDE | • Mis à jour le | Par Stéphane Lauer (New York, correspondant) Jusqu’à présent, Donald Trump avait été assez peu loquace sur la politique énergétique qu’il mènerait s’il était élu à la Maison Blanche. Le candidat républicain, qui a atteint officiellement, jeudi 26 mai, la majorité de délégués requise pour l’investiture de son parti à l’élection présidentielle du mois de novembre, a dévoilé le même jour à Bismarck (Dakota du Nord) les grandes lignes de son programme dans ce domaine.

Celui-ci est sans ambiguïté : l’objectif est de déréguler le secteur pour exploiter au maximum les ressources présentes dans le sous-sol américain et rendre les Etats-Unis indépendants sur le plan énergétique. M. Lire aussi : Corée du Nord, accord de Paris : ce que changerait l’élection de Donald Trump Ressusciter le projet d’oléoduc Keystone XL M. ETS reform proposal disregards the Paris Agreement.

[Brussels 31 May 2016, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE] Member of the European Parliament in charge of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) reform file for the Parliament’s Environment Committee, Ian Duncan has just released his draft proposal for the reform of the ETS after 2020. Commenting on the draft proposal, Wendel Trio, Director of Climate Action Network Europe said: “We are disappointed that earlier suggestions to increase ambition in the ETS have not been included in the final text of the report.

The report disregards the success of the Paris Agreement. It pays lip service to the Paris Agreement, while locking in a weak target and reduction path until at least 2023 and not addressing the huge surplus of pollution permits that is accumulating. The Paris Agreement is a game changer and requires an immediate increase of the level of ambition in the ETS. The current ETS reform proposal will not ensure policy coherence between EU’s domestic and international climate commitments. Contact: Notes: How A Brexit Would Impact Climate Change and Future Climate Negotiations - Green European Journal.

At COP21 in December 2015, 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal. The agreement sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. The Paris Agreement is a bridge between today’s policies and climate-neutrality before the end of the century. Before and during the Paris conference, countries submitted comprehensive national climate action plans (INDCs). These are not yet enough to keep global warming below 2°C, but the agreement paves the way to achieving this target. 147 Parties corresponding to 146 countries submitted 119 INDCs by first October 2015 (162 submissions by 23 April 2016).

A historic meeting took place in New York on April 22, 2016, as 175 Parties (174 states and the European Union), signed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN) in New York. Some legal aspects in the context of the Brexit Conclusion. G7 nations pledge to end fossil fuel subsidies by 2025 | Environment. The G7 nations have for the first time set a deadline for the ending most fossil fuel subsidies, saying government support for coal, oil and gas should end by 2025. The leaders of the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the European Union encouraged all countries to join them in eliminating “inefficient fossil fuel subsidies” within a decade. “Given the fact that energy production and use account for around two-thirds of global greenhouse gas emissions, we recognise the crucial role that the energy sector has to play in combatting climate change,” said the leaders’ declaration, issued at the end their summit in Japan.

The pledge first entered into G7 (then known as G8) declarations in 2009 but has until now lacked a firm timeline. Across the G7, subsidies are already falling, assisted by falling commodity prices. “We already see [some in] the G7 going in the wrong direction since Paris. The statement did not define precisely what the G7 consider to be a subsidy. ARCTIQUE. Oslo ouvre de nouvelles zones à la prospection pétrolière. EXPLOITATION. La Norvège a attribué mercredi 18 mai 2016 des licences à 13 compagnies pétrolières dans l'Arctique, y compris dans une nouvelle région de la mer de Barents jusque-là totalement inexplorée, au grand dam des défenseurs de l'environnement. Alors que sa production pétrolière a été divisée de moitié depuis 2000 et que la faiblesse du cours du baril ampute les revenus de l'État, c'est la première fois depuis 1994 que le pays scandinave ouvre une nouvelle contrée à l'industrie pétrolière.

Trois des dix licences couvrant au total 40 blocs sont situées à proximité immédiate de la frontière maritime de la Russie, dans une zone que les deux pays se sont longtemps disputée jusqu'à la conclusion d'un accord en 2010. L'exploitation de deux d'entre elles a été offerte au géant pétrolier national Statoil, la troisième à son compatriote Det norske avec une participation notable du russe Lukoil. Le risque de nouvelles catastrophes écologiques. Les implications de l'Accord de Paris pour l'océan.

Mobilisation internationale contre les énergies fossiles. Le changement climatique menace les sites du Patrimoine mondial de l’Unesco. Les actionnaires d’Exxon et Chevron résistent aux pressions du changement climatique. Carbon dioxide's 400ppm milestone shows humans are rewriting the planet's history « | Environment. Meteorologists are seeing global warming's effect on the weather | Paul Douglas | Environment. How Climate Change Is Fueling Violence Against Women. [Colloque au Sénat] AFRIQUE: LA COP21...ET APRÈS? 30 mars 2016. Paris climate agreement has ‘failed’ poor countries, report says | Climate Change | Environment | The Independent. Malgré la COP21, les Français ne s’inquiètent pas davantage de l’environnement. Clearing the Hurdles on the Road from Paris - AIIA.

Climat : et après ? Australia’s censorship of Unesco climate report is like a Shakespearean tragedy | Graham Readfearn | Environment. Climat : les négociateurs quittent Bonn avec un agenda… et des frustrations. Climate Change Is Rewiring Government-Citizen Relationships. Les investisseurs se mobilisent face au risque climatique. Forum Météo et Climat : le réchauffement climatique expliqué aux jeunes franciliens. Memorial Day: Trump's War On Climate Action Would Ensure A World Of Wars. Réfugiés climatiques: un problème inextricable ? La COP 21 doit réparer l’injustice climatique faite à l’Afrique. #COP21 Quand on sait que les contributions des pays donnent une trajectoire de réchauffement de 3degrés by @MhdiLmn. CONFÉRENCE - Qui est responsable du changement climatique ?