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There's so much news coming out from COP25. Below are articles that have been compiled by the Research Unit, Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC). The GSCC is a global network of communications professionals in the field of climate and energy. The articles were listed in two media briefs provided over the last week or so at COP25 and we've copy and pasted them below so you can catch up on all angles of all news that's COP25 related.

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COP25 Media Monitoring - Day 11 - Thursday

Progress at the COP has been minimal and there is an increasing fear this COP will not deliver on its goals. The protests and mobilization efforts are intensifying, but it doesn’t help that organisations actively looking to block action on climate change continue to be accredited.

Outside of the COP, European Union's top official has launched the bloc's new "Green Deal", The key goals are to use a combination of cleaner tech and carbon capture methods to make Europe the first "carbon neutral" economy by 2050.

Swedish teen, Greta Thunberg, was named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year for 2019.


Urgency / Winners and losers

COP25 summit: China leads four-nation attack over ‘imbalances’ in UN climate-change negotiations (SCMP)

“The joint statement by China, Brazil, South Africa and India on Wednesday laid bare major differences in financing and carbon markets rules between the more- and less-developed countries.

“[The four] countries have already set forth climate policies and contributions reflecting our highest possible ambition, above and beyond our historical responsibilities,” the signatories contended. “The time for action is now, and not next year or thereafter.”

Zhao Yingmin, who leads the Chinese delegation, said on Wednesday that developed countries “should provide new, extra support based on public funds … the strength of which should correspond with the level of efforts of developing countries.” China remained committed to rolling out a nationwide carbon markets scheme in 2020, he said.”


U.N. head demands bolder climate action or 'we are doomed'
(Reuters)

“Major polluting countries such as China, India and the United States - which is leaving the pact - are not expected to make big new announcements at the summit, where delegates are focused on technical negotiations over rules on carbon markets.

Nevertheless, Guterres hopes the talks will conclude on Friday with a strong signal that governments are ready to submit more ambitious climate plans in 2020, seen as a make-or-break year for the Paris process.”


African climate negotiators taking active role on key African priorities at COP25: AU
(Xinhua)

“"The African Union delegation to the COP 25 in Madrid has remarkably contributed to all the meetings and activities organized to discuss ways and strategies aimed at mitigating the devastating impact of climate change on humanity in general and the African people in particular," an AU statement issued Wednesday read.” [...]

"During the meeting, the Africa Group of Negotiators provided an overview of the negotiations and key issues for Africa's attention for COP 25, as well as Africa's special circumstances," the AU said, adding that issues related with market mechanisms and transparency under the Paris Agreement as well as finance and the Green Climate Fund were also said to be among the priority areas of African climate negotiators.”"


Pacific Nations Demand Greater Commitments at COP25
(Solomon Times)

Indigenous Leaders and Delegates From the Global South Stage Walkout at COP25 (Truth Out)

COP25: ‘If the big emitters fail, everything will fail,’ UN secretary general warns (The Irish Times)

Rift Over Sharing Consequences of Historical Emissions Deepens at COP25 (The Wire)

Keynote Speech at COP25 (UNDP)

COP25 Overnight Briefing: Mike Bloomberg tells UK 'don't screw up' crucial COP26 Summit (Business Green) 

COP25: Holding the U.S. Accountable for its Ruinous Impacts on the Climate (The Austin Chronicle) 

Cuba reiterates at COP25 its willingness to combat climate change (Prensa Latina)

CSE on CoP 25: What we want on equity (Down to Earth)


Loss and damage 

Push for climate-damage fund set to fall flat at UN talks (Reuters)

“Harjeet Singh, global lead on climate change policy for charity ActionAid International, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation the best that could be hoped for now in Madrid was the creation of an expert group to look into potential new sources of finance.

“As well, a “Santiago Network on Addressing Loss and Damage” may be established, he said.

That could bring together U.N. agencies, aid groups and others to work jointly to support climate-hit parts of the world such as Mozambique, an African nation still reeling after being battered by two powerful cyclones earlier this year.

“Outside this room, it is (climate) chaos,” Singh said. Within the negotiations, “we are not matching up to, or catching up with reality”, he added.”"


Carbon markets

Carbon Markets Dominate U.N. Climate Talks (FP)

“Not fast enough. Some say the talks aren’t addressing the urgency of the climate crisis. One top climate scientist, Johan Rockstrom, told the Guardian that the issue of just how quickly the world needs to reduce emissions hasn’t received enough attention. “We are at risk of getting so bogged down in incremental technicalities at these negotiations that we forget to see the forest for the trees,” he said.”

CSE on CoP 25: What we want on carbon markets (Down to Earth)

Attempts to block action on climate change 

COP25: Climate Science Deniers Attend on Behalf of Trump-Affiliated Lobby Group (DeSmog)

“Organisations accredited to attend on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, which has received significant funding from oil giant ExxonMobil and the Koch family, include the UK’s Centre for Policy Studies, the Chicago-based Heartland Institute and the European Institute for Climate and Energy.

World leaders are in Madrid, Spain for this year’s two-week UN climate talks, known as COP25. A list of delegates shows the CEI had obtained accreditation for eight individuals, many of whom are known for spreading climate science denial. The list is provisional, with a final list due to be released on Friday as the conference ends.”

COP25: Polluting Companies Blamed for Slow Progress at UN Climate Talks (DeSmog)

““Everything in this hall smells bad. It smells of coal, it smells of oil, it smells of gas. This is because we have, in these spaces, the same transnational corporations that are polluting the world and leading us to extinction. And they are pushing their agendas,” says Nathalie Rengifo-Alvarez of NGO Corporate Accountability, one of the groups that produced the analysis of the corporate sponsors of the conference.”

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘We can’t promise you sunshine’ (Climate Home) 

“Planned extraction of coal, oil and gas is already enough to blow past the 1.5C target. And it is the big producers – US, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Russia and others – who consistently work to undermine even the demand-side restrictions the Paris deal encourages. On Tuesday, one EU lawmaker accused some of these nations of holding up progress at Cop25.”

Australia's use of accounting loophole to meet Paris deal found to have no legal basis (The Guardian)

“The analysis was backed at the conference by Anote Tong, a former president of low-lying Kiribati. Launching the report, he said if Australia had beaten its earlier targets it had the capacity to do more, not less.

“Australia is on fire due in large part to climate change, ands it is beyond me why the Australian government is looking for ways to weaken the Paris agreement so it and others can do less to solve the climate crisis,” Tong said.”

Taylor avoids mention of bushfires as Australia given a zero for climate policy (Renew Economy)

Climate Emergency CoP 25: Roadblock for Adaptation Fund (Down to Earth)

Splits over climate policy threaten to derail UN summit in Madrid (Financial Times)

Science / Impacts

COP25: Biofuels Offer Short-Term Benefits (The Maratime Executive)

“SSI’s research indicates that in the short-term, biofuels could have a significant role to play to accelerate early decarbonization action across the maritime sector. The data suggest that the sustainable biofuels currently available are under-utilized and could potentially meet shipping’s energy needs of today. However, this supply may be limited in the medium- and longer-term, particularly given the ratcheting up of climate ambition and thus potential demand pressure across all sectors.”


Sectoral action  

COP25: Support business efforts to tackle climate change, urges Guterres (UN News)

““With the climate crisis increasingly jeopardizing life on the planet, the Secretary-General stressed that more collective action will be needed from governments, regions, cities, businesses and civil society. 

“While we see some incremental steps towards sustainable business models, it is nowhere near the scope or scale required”, he said. 

“What we need is not an incremental approach, but a transformational approach. And we need businesses to unite behind the science by taking rapid and ambitious action across their operations and value chains.””


ICS takes shipping message to COP25
(Ship Insight)

““ICS is acutely aware of the urgent need for all economic activities, including international shipping, to eventually eliminate GHG emissions as soon as practicable, through a combination of short term measures such as such as speed optimisation and longer term measures such as the use of zero-carbon fuels,” said the ICS Deputy Secretary-General, Simon Bennett.

“Now we need to redouble our efforts to deliver further dramatic improvements in fuel efficiency, as demanded by governments and society at large.”

“The transition to zero CO2 emitting fuels – which ICS has dubbed the ‘Fourth Propulsion Revolution’ – is the challenge of our age, and one that we know the industry will embrace. This will require truly massive investment in research and development, which ICS believes must be at the heart of the IMO GHG Strategy if the ambitious reduction targets that IMO Member States have set are to be met.””


IDB announces Green Bond Transparency Platform at COP25
(bnamericas)

““The platform is the solution to a key challenge of the green bond market, which is that investors demand to know more about the use of proceeds of the green bonds they buy. If we tackle this problem, we will see a noticeable increase in the growth of the green bond market”, says Juan Antonio Ketterer, Division Chief of the Connectivity, Markets and Finance Division at the IDB. “Green bonds have become an important tool for the region to attract private capital and add greater transparency will help further broaden the market,” added Ketterer.”

Carbon accounting advancing, say Dutch institutions at COP25 (Investment Europe)

 

Transformation 

COP25: When it comes to climate protection, Germany still has a lot to do (Deutsche Welle)

“For years, Germany prided itself on its "Energiewende" — the transition to renewable energy and phaseout of nuclear and fossil fuels. But as climate change has claimed the international stage in the past few years, the country's national climate and renewable energy policy has stalled, say experts. 

"In the last two years onshore wind energy has been squeezed and we're now experiencing the consequences of that," says Germanwatch climate expert Christoph Bals. "Almost nothing else is being built in a sector — that alongside PV (solar) — is the backbone of the energy transition. The change in political course is currently torpedoing the transition."”

COP25: Italy and Mexico pave the way on climate education (UN News)

““Young people are demanding that governments take climate change far more seriously. There are many areas of society where we must act, and act with increased ambition: compulsory education on these topics needs to be a key part of this national and international response to the big issues of our time”, said Lorenzo Fioramonti, Italy’s Minister of Education, Innovation and Research. “

Director General's Remarks at COP 25 Side Event on Accelerating the Energy Transformation in Support of Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement (IAEA)

Canada applauded for zero carbon commitment at COP25 (Canadas National Observer) 


Youth / Mobilization 

'We Are Unstoppable, Another World Is Possible!': Young Climate Activists Storm COP 25 Stage (Common Dreams)

“Young activists took over and occupied the main stage at the COP 25 climate conference in Madrid, Spain Wednesday and demanded world leaders commit to far more ambitious action to address the ecological emergency.

"Nobody has ever done an action like this before," said youth climate striker Dylan Hamilton of Scotland, "the times are changing."”

Unprecedented protest rocks 'Kafkaesque' COP25 (Canadas National Observer) 

“Protests led by Indigenous leaders shut down the main hall of COP25 in Madrid on Wednesday. In an unprecedented event, about 500 people stormed the area outside the high-level negotiations decrying the lack of action by assembled governments to address the climate emergency.

The state of negotiations at COP25 was described as a "Kafkaesque absurdity" by the head of Climate Action Network Canada, Catherine Abreu. On Tuesday, negotiators at one session spent 20 minutes arguing over whether to "adjourn" or "close" their meeting and an equal amount of time debating whether to display items on a projection screen.”

“We are desperate for any sign of hope,” Greta Thunberg tells UN climate negotiators (VOX)

““Finding holistic solutions is what the COP should be all about, but instead it seems to have turned into some kind of opportunity for countries to negotiate loopholes and to avoid raising their ambition,” Swedish youth climate activist Greta Thunberg told conference members. [...]

“We are desperate for any sign of hope,” Thunberg said. “I’ve given many speeches and learned that when you talk in public you should start with something personal or emotional to get everyone’s attention, say things like ‘our house is on fire,’ ‘I want you to panic,’ and ‘how dare you.’ But today I will not do that, because then those phrases are all that people focus on. They don’t remember the facts, the very reason why I say those things in the first place.””

Greta tells COP25: 'this has to stop' (Ecologist) 

“She said countries which had committed to reducing their emissions to zero by a certain date, as the UK has done with its legally binding pledge for net-zero by 2050, appeared impressive at first glance.

“But "this is not leading, this is misleading", she said, warning that the targets did not include aviation and shipping, or the emissions created by goods made in other countries and imported - and did include "offsetting" emissions.

"Zero by 2050 means nothing if high emissions continue for even a few years. Then the remaining budget will be gone."”

8-yr-old Licypriya Kangujam from India urges leaders at COP25 to act now (The Week)

“"It was my life-changing event. During the conference, I met many world leaders and also thousands of delegates from various countries of the World. Many had highlighted various issues of disaster," Kangujam told PTI on the sidelines of the event.

“I cry when I see children losing their parents and people becoming homeless due to danger of disasters. My heart feels sorrowful for people who can't help themselves when disaster strikes. Many root causes are the impact of climate change, she said.”

Women Speaking And Leading Loudly On Climate Change – COP 25 & Greta (Forbes)

“Shame!” Indigenous Leaders & Delegates from Global South Stage Dramatic Protest at COP25 in Madrid (Democracy Now)

Indigenous activists protest proposal of massive Alberta oilsands mine at COP25 in Madrid (Global News)

Civil society kicked out of COP25 climate talks after unexpected protest (ZME) 


Other articles 

MAX Burgers Receives UN’s Global Climate Action Award at COP25 in Madrid (Veg Economist) 

Actor Harrison Ford attends COP25 event (NHK)

The UN climate talks can tackle fossil fuels head-on: here’s how (Climate Home)

Greenpeace chief locked out of UN climate meet amid protests (rfi)

Greta Thunberg is Time’s 2019 Person of the Year (CNBC)

Nation urged to boost carbon capture (China Daily)

Saudi budget adds up to efficient spending, private sector empowerment (Arab News)

Stop the climate politics and let NSW become the Saudi Arabia of green energy (The Sydney Morning Herald)

EU leader urges MEPs to back green growth plan (RTE)

Climate concerns put Austria glacier project on thin ice (AFP)

The Energy 202: ExxonMobil just won a big climate court case in New York. But it's not in the clear yet. (The Washington Post)

European Green Deal will change economy to solve climate crisis, says EU (The Guardian)

 

COP25 Media Monitoring - Day 5 - Friday

Media coverage begins to deepen on issues around science and impacts. We are seeing more stories on the risks to vulnerable countries, the implications of not scaling action, and the launch of a platform that will boost science-based ocean solutions. As discussions deepen over urgency, so do moral calls for action. In his message to COP25 leaders, Pope Francis asked for more political will to safeguard a healthy planet. Despite economists promoting carbon markets as “a powerful tool in the fight against climate change”, environmental organisations are not convinced - many criticise the mechanism as a form of greenwashing.

Science / Impacts 

https://news.mongabay.com/2019/12/latest-un-emissions-gap-report-finds-world-must-ramp-up-climate-ambitions-at-least-threefold-to-meet-paris-goals/

(Mongabay) “Inger Andersen, UNEP’s Executive Director, said that it is still possible to meet the Paris Climate Agreement’s targets, but that solutions must be deployed at a much faster rate and at a much larger scale. “Our collective failure to act early and hard on climate change means we now must deliver deep cuts to emissions — over 7 per cent each year, if we break it down evenly over the next decade,” Andersen said in a statement. “This shows that countries simply cannot wait until the end of 2020, when new climate commitments are due, to step up action. They — and every city, region, business and individual — need to act now.””

Climate risks increase worldwide, even for rich countries

(Xinhuanet)

“"The Climate Risk Index shows that climate change has disastrous impacts especially for poor countries, but also causes increasingly severe damages in industrialized countries like Japan or Germany," said David Eckstein of Germanwatch, who also called for more financial support for poor countries that suffer extreme weather events.”

Chile Launches Platform for Science-based Ocean Solutions at COP 25 (IISD)

“The Platform will encourage and guide implementation of policies, programmes and projects to support evidence on climate change and its impact on the ocean, and will support the creation of a community of practice to share lessons learned, offer inspiration to support the transfer and uptake of solutions in other contexts and advance ocean-climate action. The Platform also seeks to engage a large number of actors in ocean-climate action, including the public and private sectors, civil society and academia.”

As Climate Change Worsens, A Cascade of Tipping Points Looms (Yale.360)

“The researchers once considered these tipping points to be largely independent of each other. Now they warn that the world faces a “cascade” of abrupt shifts in the planet’s climate system, as global warming takes hold. “We might already have crossed the threshold for a cascade of inter-related tipping points,” they wrote in Nature. This “could trigger a shift in the state of the Earth system as a whole,” one of the authors, Will Steffen of the Australian National University in Canberra, told Yale Environment 360.”

Climate models have accurately predicted global heating, study finds (The Guardian)

““We found that climate models – even those published back in the 1970s – did remarkably well, with 14 out of the 17 model projections indistinguishable from what actually occurred,” said Zeke Hausfather, of the University of California, Berkeley, and lead author of the paper, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters.”

Even 50-year-old climate models correctly predicted global warming (Carbon Brief)

COP25 set to open as study reports hottest decade (Church Times)

Delayed Indian monsoon, Cyclone Fani ‘high impact’ events of 2019 (Mongabay)

Island States Highlight Nature-based Solutions to Combat Climate Change (IISD)

UN climate talks kick off in Madrid with focus on ocean solutions (The Economist Group)

Climate change hits health, yet funds lacking: WHO (Reuters)

Vulnerable Countries

Puerto Rico Is the Most Vulnerable Country to Climate Change, Says Report (Latin Post)

“Compared to the CRI 2019, which considered the period from 1998 to 2017, there have been a few changes in the CRI ranking: while Puerto Rico remains at the top of the list, Myanmar and Haiti each move up one place to become one of the three most affected countries over the past two decades. [...] “According to the study, poor and developing countries are most vulnerable to climate risks and are often hit the hardest, seeing higher rates of deaths and hardships. Despite this, researchers also found that high-income countries are also feeling climate impacts more than ever before.”

India is fifth most vulnerable of 181 countries to climate change fallouts: Report (First Post)

“Overall, India’s economic losses due to climate change were the second highest in the world with a loss of Rs 2.7 lakh crore ($37 billion) – nearly as much as its defence budget in 2018 – the report said. This translates to losing about 0.36 percent per unit of gross domestic product.”

Urgency and ambition / Loss and Damage

Let’s assess failure of developed countries in acting on climate, says India (The Indian Express)

“Amidst growing urgency over the need for enhanced actions on climate change, India, China, Brazil and some other developing countries have sought an assessment of the failures of developed countries to fulfil their climate obligations in the pre-2020 period. At the Madrid climate change meeting, these countries argued on Thursday that the main reason why the world seemed headed towards a climate disaster was that the developed countries never met their obligations under the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 climate agreement that expires next year and is set to be replaced by the Paris Agreement. India and the other countries said that the developed countries must be given another two years, until 2022, to fulfil their earlier commitments.”

Cop25 Bulletin: A rare press conference (Climate Home) “In a rare press conference hosted by the government of China, a panel of experts (which didn’t include any government officials) dodged questions about whether Beijing would enhance its climate plan next year. China’s current plan to peak emissions by 2030 and before if possible “was already made with great ambition,” they said. “He Jiankun, a professor from Tsinghua University and the deputy director of the national expert committee on climate change, said China was “shifting from an economy developing at high speed to an economy developing at high quality.””

Climate Emergency CoP 25: Its market versus market in Madrid (Down to Earth) “The ghost of pre-2020 carbon market mechanism has started to haunt the Madrid negotiations over a new climate market mechanism proposed for the post-2020 Paris regime. The negotiations for the new carbon market regime, which falls under Article 6 of the Paris agreement, will take centre stage along with the other outstanding issue of “Loss and Damage” before the agreement gets rolling on ground. “According to sources, some developing countries, in private discussions, have already raised the demand that the Kyoto Protocol phase II should be pushed back for couple of years to ensure that the developed countries complete their commitments under the protocol. Developing countries are pointing out that the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, which officialises the second commitment period from 2013 to 2020, is yet to be ratified by requisite number of developed countries and hence did not get started on ground, though its scheduled closure has almost reached.”

Rich countries refuse to pay for green projects in poor nations (India Climate Dialogue) ““How can they describe as worthless all the work done by developing countries for 15 years?” an angry senior Indian government negotiator riposted. “Who is polluting – these CERs, or the rich countries? Why don’t they look at the reports on which countries are meeting their Paris commitments as of today? There’s not a single developed country there.” India is one of the few large economies meeting the Paris agreement goal to do its share to keep average temperature rise within two degrees Celsius from preindustrial times.”

The missed opportunity of COP25 (Global Americans) COP25: Diving into the first Blue COP (GreenBiz)

COP25 Convenes in Madrid to Finalize Rules on the Paris Agreement (Fortune) Carbon markets

Trading carbon credits from nature sparks fiery debate at UN talks (Reuters)

““When it comes to taking action in the climate space, the world has been very long on say and very short on do,” said Duncan van Bergen, vice president for nature-based solutions with Shell New Energies. “We believe that nature has a role to play - not instead of, but in addition to, a lot of hard work that needs to happen to decarbonise energy, transportation, agriculture and other sectors of the economy,” he added.”

Environmental organizations denounce carbon markets, green washing in Cop (EFE) “Carbon markets "represent a threat to people, politics and the planet", and are a "green washing" strategy, Tom Goldtooth, director of the Indigenous Environmental Network, said.”

Climate Justice Groups Protest Use of Carbon Markets for Meeting Paris Goals (Inside Climate News)

“"Over and over again, carbon markets have proven that they are not effective in reducing emissions," said Tere Almaguer, environmental justice organizer for PODER in San Francisco. Her group focuses on organizing Latino communities—including those who live near California refineries and feel that they bear the brunt of poor air quality from fossil fuel emissions.”

Youth / Mobilization

Jeremy Clarkson lashes out at ‘dangerous’ Greta Thunberg once more (news.com.au) “During the interview, Clarkson spoke about how filming in Southeast Asia changed his views on the impact of climate change. “I don’t think I have ever actually seen the effect of global warming. When you see those houses on stilts in the show … and the water is miles away, that is a remarkable thing,” he said. “And I know there will be a load of kids go, ‘Ha, you see. There you are’. Fine. Now go to school, learn science and do something about it.””

COP25: Parents plead for planet to be saved for their children (The National) “In an open declaration signed by 222 associations from 27 countries, the concerned parents wrote: “Our children are being handed a broken world on the verge of climate chaos and ecological breakdown. “As parents, seeing this is agonising.””

All About UN Climate Change COP25 Conference and Why Greta Thunberg is There Now (One Green Planet)

Vision 2020: Bermuda Climate Action Network (Bernews)

Protesters Cry ‘Won’t Somebody Think of the Children’ at COP25 Climate Summit (Breitbart)

Indigenous youth take global stage in Madrid to voice climate change worries (PRI) Moral Calls for Action

At Madrid climate talks, Catholics work to provide 'moral perspective' (Earth Beat)

“In a statement, the Vatican-based Caritas Internationalis said it was taking a "call for unity, solidarity and justice" to COP25, at a time when the Paris commitment to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees was not being observed, and "robust rules" were needed to "ensure transparent and fair counting of carbon emissions reductions" and better protection of indigenous peoples.” This media brief is compiled from major international English-language news sources. It's designed to provide a snapshot of the major themes in coverage of the COP25, and is not comprehensive. -- Research Unit, Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC) The GSCC is a global network of communications professionals in the field of climate and energy 

This media brief is compiled from major international English-language news sources. It's designed to provide a snapshot of the major themes in coverage of the COP25, and is not comprehensive.

 Research Unit, Global Strategic Communications Council (GSCC)

The GSCC is a global network of communications professionals in the field of climate and energy

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