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03 December — 13 December, 2020
Dear readers,

This week marks the fifth anniversary of Paris Agreement, a historic deal propounded to mitigate the adverse impacts of climate change. Our ten data cards show why despite such a momentous move, GHG emissions have continued to rise and the dire impacts of climate change are imminent. The inequitable nature of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) calls for a more consolidated effort from developed countries to minimize their dependency on fossil fuels to restrict global warming at 1.5-C or 2-C. Moreover, despite the harmful impacts of climate change being widely known today, the possibility to shift to a sustainable energy system is still vague. After five years of the Paris Agreement, investing in blue carbon can be a new addition in the domain of carbon trading, but formulation of new rules, and providing assistance to developing countries is still a complex issue. Further, the necessary efforts that should be undertaken to achieve the ambitious targets of the Paris Agreement are somewhat missing as countries are not able to live up to their expectations of meeting the NDCs.

The UNEP’s Emission Gap Report has highlighted the need to use bio, green and synthetic fuels to minimize the contribution of the shipping and aviation sector to climate change, and the need for a green recovery post COVID-19 by decreasing the usage of fossil fuels. Further, the UNEP’s Production Gap Report has also emphasized the need to decrease the usage of fossil fuels exponentially to counter global warming. According to a Germanwatch report, India has maintained its 2-C compatibility on its NDC, but the country’s shift to renewable energy is imperative to contribute significantly to lowering the impacts of climate change. On the contrary, after maintaining its 2-C target, the Union Ministry of Environment has now allowed several power sectors companies to emit more quantities of poisonous gases into the atmosphere. In other news, BloombergNEF’s 2020 Climatescope has depicted a slump in the FDI for renewables in 2020, contrary to the upward trend shown in 2019.

The introduction of a glacial tax or a complete ban on fossil fuels in the Himalayan region could be an effective way to prevent the receding of glaciers. In other significant moment, the Antarctic Ocean can be of fundamental help in altering the global climate in a positive way owing to its capacity to capture heat and carbon. We also take a look at the realities of life during the climate crisis such as its impact on reproduction choices. And finally, we learn about the pitfalls of a climate friendly diet.
These 10 cards show why Planet Earth is still headed for a meltdown 5 years after Paris | 14 December 2020
The recent UNEP Emissions Gap report, the WMO’s State of the Global Climate Change 2020 and other reports all point to dire consequences
It’s been 5 years since Paris Agreement but are Nationally Determined Contributions equitable?| 12 December 2020
To cap global warming at 1.5°C or even 2°C is a tall task that needs much more effort from countries in reducing reliance on fossil fuels
Paris Agreement turns 5: Time to demand real, drastic action NOW| 11 December 2020
The impacts of climate change have been clear every year since the landmark deal, but the necessary transformation to a new energy system is still a way away
Paris Agreement: Five years on, it’s time to fix carbon trading | 11 December 2020
Setting the rules that govern emissions trading, financing and support for developing countries over 2021 will be critical
Are we on track to meet Paris Agreement target of 1.5°C warming towards 2100?| 11 December 2020
The 5-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement is upon us on December 12, 2020, and it is time to take stock how we are faring
Five years after Paris: How countries’ climate policies match up to their promises, and who’s aiming for net zero emissions | 10 December 2020
So far, countries’ individual plans for how they will lower their greenhouse gas emissions don’t come close to adding up to the Paris Agreement’s goals
Post-COVID-19 focus must be on dropping fossil fuels: UNEP Emissions Gap report, 09 December 2020
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The other side of climate friendly foods, 04 December 2020
Efforts to change diets and reduce global warming has pitfalls
The forgotten environmental crisis: How 20th century settler writers foreshadowed the Anthropocene, 04 December 2020
Almost a century ago, New Zealand and Australia were at the forefront of an environmental crisis that was also profoundly geological in nature: Erosion
Can we compromise on procreation in the wake of climate change, 03 December 2020
In the context of climate change, too much harsh knowledge about environmental tragedies is creating a sense of hopelessness and helplessness in some individuals, instead of motivating them to act in more responsible ways
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Too early to gauge full impact of COVID-19 on global shipping, aviation: Emissions Gap Report| 11 December 2020
Document urges use of bio-, green and synthetic fuels in both sectors to reduce warming
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COVID-19 to slow decarbonisation in emerging markets: BloombergNEF report| 10 December 2020
2019 was a good year for foreign direct investment in renewables; but the trend may not stick in 2020
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A history of climate change negotiations for beginners: Then and now, 08 December 2020
China’s announcement of achieving net-zero by 2060 is a stepping stone in fight against climate change. But it means nothing until countries share goals they intend to follow
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India didn’t need to let power producers emit more of deadly oxides of nitrogen; here’s why, 08 December 2020
Limiting NOx emission at 300 mg / Nm3 is doable, claims Finnish state-owned Fortum Oyj; Environment ministry relaxed norms to 450 mg / Nm3 in October
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India a top performer on climate mitigation but more needs to be done: Report, 07 December 2020
The country needed to prioritise renewable energy in its post-COVID recovery plan, the report by non-profit Germanwatch said
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Black carbon is a threat to Himalayan glaciers, 07 December 2020
Banning fossil fuels or the introduction of glacier tax can be a deterrent in these high-altitude areas
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An ocean like no other: The Southern Ocean’s ecological richness, significance for global climate, 07 December 2020
It stores heat and carbon, mixes global currents: The Southern Ocean, also called the Antarctic Ocean, can be best described in superlatives
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COVID-19 slowed global progress on energy efficiency: IEA report, 04 December 2020
Shift in energy demand from commercial to residential buildings, and from public to private transport, was largely witnessed, the report noted
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Too much fossil fuel output planned to cap global warming: UN report, 04 December 2020
Global production of coal, oil and gas should decline annually by 11%, 4%, and 3% to be consistent with the 1.5°C pathway, according to The Production Gap report
This Weekly Newsletter is published by Down to Earth and the Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based global think tank advocating on global south developmment issues.
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