The Paris climate goals demand a rapid, just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. We’re pushing governments to lead the way by adopting policies to end oil and gas production.
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In order to achieve climate goals, governments and other decision makers must support a just and equitable move away from fossil fuels. We are pushing for precedent-setting leadership from governments to put policies in place to manage the decline of oil and gas and ensure a just transition for fossil-fuel dependent workers and communities.
Building from a growing group of first mover governments, we are pressuring for increasing numbers of national and regional governments to end new licenses and permits for oil and gas production, and to develop plans to wind down their existing production over time.
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A staggering 182 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by the end of the century, argues development group, Christian Aid in a new report.
Efforts to to secure meaningful and sustainable development in poor countries will be “nullified” by global warming, Christian Aid argues. So all those recent efforts under "Eradicate Poverty" will come to nothing. It is the poor who are already suffering because of climate change, and things are set to become much, much worse. Billions of people are now at risk.
OK, I don’t really love expensive gasoline. A better title would be “I Hate Cheap Gasoline.” Illogical?
Perhaps, but not compared to the hysterical and incoherent reaction of some of my fellow Americans, both politicians and average citizens, to $3 per gallon gas.
More greenwashing from Shell. The company has just released it Sustainability report for 2005. Shell and sustainability you might reason is a contradiction in terms. Not so, argues the company. The report is part of is “continuing dialogue with stakeholders,” and its commitment to meet the world’s energy challenge in “in environmentally and socially responsible ways”. But it’s not hard to unpick the spin from the reality.
Glaciers on China's Qinghai-Tibet plateau are shrinking by seven per cent a year because of global warming, according to the Chinese Academy of Sciences. This is triggering a vicious cycle: As the glaciers retreat the plateau is turning into desert - this in turn will cause more droughts and sandstorms. Welcome to our warming world.
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Governments have spent over $20 billion – and have approved up to $200 billion more – of public money on carbon capture and storage (CCS), providing a lifeline for the fossil fuel industry.
79% of operating carbon capture capacity globally sends captured CO2 to produce more oil (via Enhanced Oil Recovery).
Many of the largest CCS projects in the world overpromise and under-deliver, operating far below capacity.
Oil and gas companies, and some governments, are more interested in looking like they are acting on climate change than actually acting on climate change. They spend billions on smoke and mirrors, such as:
“carbon capture and storage”,
“certified gas”, and
ammonia co-firing, and hydrogen,
to make us believe that they are coming up with solutions for a livable planet when, in reality, they are trying to build escape hatches to suck every last ounce of profit out of their dirty fossil fuel business. These companies and their lobbyists are counting on adding loopholes in the final UN Climate Change Conference
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Despite the urgent need to phase out fossil fuels, Japan is driving the expansion of liquified gas (LNG) and other fossil-based technologies like ammonia co-firing across Asia and globally. This will worsen the climate crisis and harm communities and ecosystems. Communities and movements are rising up – particularly in the Global South – to oppose Japan’s efforts to derail the transition to renewable-based energy systems.
The Japanese government is the world’s second-largest provider of international public finance for fossil fuels and the world’s largest provider of international public finance for gas. Japan has continued financing international fossil fuel projects this year, breaking