Vulnerable countries are struggling to survive the economic impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, let alone build back better, as debts mount up
Chloé FarandI've tried to explain why debt relief matters for climate action.
Vulnerable countries need debt relief to respond to the pandemic. But they also need the fiscal space and support to invest in resilience, start building back better & recover green.
With hours to the deadline, Nigeria became the 144th country to ratify the Doha Amendment, ensuring it would come into force before it expires this year
Chloé FarandThis is mostly symbolic and brings some closure to the Kyoto era.
Hours ahead of the deadline to ensure the Doha amendment comes into force before it its due to expire at the end of 2020, Jamaica and Nigeria stepped up.
Agreeing an end date for coal mining is a big step for Polish trade unions, but climate experts say 2049 is too late and Brussels won't agree to state aid plans
Chloé FarandBig step for Poland to agree on a date for coal phase-out but analysts agree the industry won't survive to 2049. The gov has promised to ask EU for *state aid* to keep production going until then. "The most blatant fossil fuel subsidy" says @CoalFreeDave
As prime minister Justin Trudeau calls for a green recovery from coronavirus, the Conservative opposition promises to fight a levy on polluters
Chloé FarandThe carbon tax has been on the frontline of Canada's climate debate since it came into force in 2019. It remains extremely polarised.
Now Trudeau has prorogued Parliament and an autumn election is possible, the carbon tax faces renewed backlash.
Campaigners accuse the Green Climate Fund of letting governments game the UN's Redd+ forest protection scheme, as Indonesia is awarded $103m
Chloé FarandThis week, the Green Climate Fund rewarded Indonesia with $103 million for avoiding emissions from deforestation between 2014 and 2016.
But efforts to halt forest loss are not being sustained. In fact, deforestation has spiked during the pandemic.
In a rare intervention in EU politics, poor and small island nations urged leaders to rebuild the economy in line with a 55% emissions cut by 2030
Chloé FarandAs the EU Council meets in Brussels for critical discussions on the budget and Covid-19 recovery funds, @AOSISChair and @LDCChairUNFCCC have a message: "It's game time for climate action - enhance your climate target! ".
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Chloé FarandBack after a bit of time off and @ClimateHome we're recruiting! Come and work with @climatemegan and me! It's an incredibly important and rewarding beat to cover in unprecedented times. Deadline is 3 August. Join us!
Britain's timeline for developing a more ambitious climate plan has slipped, challenging diplomatic efforts to encourage other countries to raise their game
Chloé FarandThe UK has a timing issue. Its timetable for raising ambition has slipped and it risks missing the end of year deadline to submit a tougher climate plan.
That risks undermining its diplomatic efforts to encourage other countries to up their game.
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed climate diplomacy online, greening much of UN Climate Change's operations but virtual meeting bring their own challenges
Chloé Farand@csarven@ClimateHome @1TeresaAnderson Online meetings are happening where possible but the actual negotiations and decision making need to happen face to face. The logistics for holding such a massive event online are huge and disadvantage vulnerable countries.
The move puts Britain's economic interests abroad above efforts to eliminate poverty and protect the most vulnerable, experts warn
Chloé Farand@lauriegoering@SaleemulHuq Meanwhile in the UK, Boris Johnson seems to think that UK aid could be better spent in middle-income countries where the UK can advance its interests against Russia...
The coronavirus lockdown gave a glimpse of what cleaner cities can look like, but as people turn to private cars for safety from infection, pollution could soar
Chloé FarandI wrote about how cities could reinvent themselves to become climate and pandemic-proof. Spoiler: cycle lanes are a great start but urban policies need to go much further.
Thank you @CarlosMorenoFr@TimSchwanen & @MikeLydon for insightful conversations.
Travel restrictions and patchy internet access are slowing down efforts to improve resilience to weather extremes like cyclones Amphan and Nisarga
Chloé FarandIn the wake of cyclones Amphan & Nisarga that battered India & Bangladesh, Covid-19 is delaying adaptation efforts in poor countries."More than ever, we need to scale up our efforts to do what we can to protect ourselves from these shocks" @LDCChairUNFCCC
Environment minister Shinjirō Koizumi is seeking to boost international cooperation on climate change through the response to the coronavirus pandemic
Chloé FarandJapan's environment minister Shinjirō Koizumi has been vocal about climate action on the international scene.
Now, he's launching an online platform and organising a virtual ministerial meeting on how to green the Covid-19 recovery.
Watch this space.
The government hopes the draft law, which would ban all new coal, oil and gas projects with immediate effect, will shape the recovery effort to Covid-19
Chloé FarandThe Spanish government is presenting its draft climate law to cut emissions to net zero by 2050 to Parliament tomorrow.
On the cards is a ban of all new oil, gas and coal exploration with immediate effect 👇
The health crisis could lead to mine closures and further weaken Poland's coal industry, which has lobbied against tough EU climate targets
Chloé FarandA Covid-19 outbreak among miners in the southern region of Silesia is the latest scourge on an industry suffering from falling demand, cheaper competition and accumulated financial losses.
Analysts now see an opportunity to start winding down the sector.
The pandemic has exposed the vulnerability of airlines to disruption, forcing a reboot of the sector. This is what a green recovery for aviation would look like
Chloé FarandWhat could a “green” airline bailout look like?
@rutherdan outlines some concrete measures governments could take to reboot the aviation industry while putting the future of the planet at the core of the recovery.