Australian Energy “Green Paper” foresees continuing increase in coal use: undermines 2° goal and heads towards a 4oC world

Australian Energy “Green Paper” foresees large increase in coalOn 23 September 2014 the Australian Government released a “Green Paper” as part of the development of its new Energy White Paper. The Australian “Green Paper” was released on the same day of the UN Climate Summit in New York which was read more...

Coal’s rapid phase out essential, not enough to stay below 2°C warming

A rapid phase out of coal as an electricity source by 2050 would reduce warming by half a degree, according to the Climate Action Tracker, in an update released today ahead of the Ban ki-Moon climate summit. The Climate Action Tracker, put together by research organisations Climate Analytics, Ecofys, and read more...

Below 2°C or 1.5°C depends on rapid action from both Annex I and non-Annex I countries

Deeper cuts needed by all sooner, especially in energy and industry, to keep to 2°CAll governments will have to significantly increase their action on climate change – both before 2020 and after, reducing total global greenhouse gas emissions to zero between 2060 and 2080, to keep warming to 2°C.To achieve read more...

Analysis of current greenhouse gas emission trends

Policy activity has to increase significantly in order to limit global average temperature increase to 2°C above the pre-industrial level. With currently implemented government policies, greenhouse gas emissions are projected to lead to a warming of 3.7°C by the end of this century, about 0.6°C higher than that under the read more...

Warsaw unpacked: A race to the bottom?

Weak government action on climate change will lead to a projected 3.7degC of warming by 2100, around 0.6degC higher than the original promises they made in Copenhagen, the Climate Action Tracker (CAT) said today.The annual assessment by the CAT, a project of research organisations: Climate Analytics, Ecofys and the Potsdam read more...

Japan: from frontrunner to laggard

Japan’s new 2020 target of a 3.8% cut in emissions at 2005 levels, announced overnight, will increase its own emissions and widen the global emissions gap by 3-4%, according to the Climate Action Tracker.The new target will mean that by 2020, Japan’s emissions will have increased by 3.1 percent above read more...

Australia - Backtracking on promising progress

The Australian Government’s plans to dismantle the current climate legislation could lead to it increasing emissions in 2020 rather than meeting its target of reducing them by 5% from 2000 levels, the Climate Action Tracker said today.As Prime Minister Tony Abbott introduced legislation into the Australian Parliament today, the Climate read more...

"Climate shuffle" likely to lead to increased warming

National action on climate change mitigation appears to be joining the international climate negotiations in the new and ever popular “climate shuffle” dance. It involves maximum effort and motion while staying in the same spot…or even, in some cases, going backwards.Recent emissions trends and estimates of the effects of those read more...

Warnings of climate science - again - written in Doha sand

While the official UNFCCC negotiations made some limited progress, encouragingdevelopments on the margins give hope that faster progress is possible.On the official side, minor steps were made towards more emission reductions, including theagreement of a second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol, continuation of climatefinance and initiation of a discussion read more...

2° be or not 2° be

Limiting global warming below 2degC – or even to below 1.5DegC remains technically and economically feasible, but only with political ambition backed by rapid action starting now, the Climate Action Tracker said today.

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