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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:16

A lot is at stake at COP24 in the last days.

The IPCC special report on 1.5°C made clear how urgent climate action is, and that impacts already occurring today require immediate measures to, in particular, protect the poorest and most vulnerable.

It is abundantly clear that more finance is needed for loss and damage. We’ve seen developing countries face impacts to the tune of 200% of their GDP in one hurricane that has been amplified by climate change.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:14

ECO is old enough to remember the forest accounting rules negotiated in 2011 for the second commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol. At the time, ECO warned the EU and other developed countries against the dangers of building their baselines on hypothetical projections that envisioned massive increases in emissions from the forest sector. Sadly, the EU and others went ahead and did it anyway.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:12

Ministers, we need to talk. I know this might sound technical, but it’s not; this concerns you. There can be no ambition with so little support for adaptation.

The Paris Agreement seeks to achieve a balance between adaptation and mitigation finance, as well as attending to the particular needs of least developed countries (LDCs) and small island developing states (SIDS).

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:10

Dear Ministers,

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:08
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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:06

Monday was the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, including “the right to health” which now has a stable place in the Paris preamble. But, where is health at this COP? In spite of the significance of health to humanity, it has not been incorporated into the language of the Rulebook.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:04

As Ministers wrap up the Talanoa Dialogue discussions today, ECO hopes that the process will lead to an ambitious COP decision and real transformation back home, to meet the 1.5°C target.

The IPCC Special Report has shown us the? importance of the 1.5°C target. It has provoked a lot of new thought, prompting ECO to ask what roles the different sectors should play.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:02

Today ECO returns to the highly motivating, yet alarming findings of the IPCC Special Report on 1.5°C: to limit global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society – and in doing so we can bring clear benefits to people and ecosystems.

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Submitted by ECO Editor on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 19:00

The UK’s groundbreaking Climate Change Act is now 10 years old. This piece of legislation was a global first in setting up a legally-binding 2050 climate target — broken down into five-year emissions budgets to allow for political accountability and responsiveness to new science. It also established an independent statutory advisory body: the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), to bring climate science directly to policymakers and hold government to account for those budgets.

Submitted by ECO Editor on Monday, December 10, 2018 - 19:18

Today, the political phase of the Talanoa Dialogue begins, starting with Ministerial Roundtables. ECO is looking forward to hearing Ministers tell stories from the real world – sharing views on the significance of the IPCC special report on 1.5o (SR1.5) and how this COP needs to respond.

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