Climate change is a harsh reality. Its consequences hit people in poor countries particularly hard – people like Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim from Chad and Melvin Purzuelo from the Philippines. Together with Oxfam they toured Germany to testify about the impact of climate change in their home countries. And also to get a closer look at some of the biggest drivers of climate change: coal and lignite.
The sector must recognize coal is a dinosaur technology that needs to be pushed into extinction if we are to survive.
The joint US-China statement on new domestic policy commitments and a vision for a global climate change deal underscores the importance the world’s two largest emitters place on solving the climate crisis, says Oxfam, but collective action is needed.
Have you ever heard of a solar powered school? The installation of solar panels has enabled remote schools in Zimbabwe to enter the internet age and to light up classrooms for study in the evenings.
In response to yesterday’s adoption of Japan’s Intended N
Negotiators avoided a show-down over crunch issues like finance and increasing near term emissions cuts, but they are only delaying the inevitable. A clearer mandate from Heads of State and ministers is needed to ignite the talks and ensure key questions are answered.
Oxfam is deeply disappointed by Japan’s lack of ambition. Setting a draft target of 26% emissions reduction below 2013 levels (18% below 1990 levels) by 2030 is woefully inadequate.
Coal plants in the G7 are on track to cost the world $450 billion a year by the end of the century and reduce crops by millions of tons as they fuel the gathering pace of climate change.
Coal is the single biggest driver of climate change - responsible for one third of all CO2 emissions since the industrial revolution. With these climate impacts falling disproportionately on the most vulnerable and least food secure, the burning of coal is further exacerbating inequality.