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Out of the cave: climate change in an election year (Graeme Dobell, The Strategist)

On the politics of climate change, Australia crawls slowly from the cave. To mix the cave metaphor, we’ve passed peak troglodyte. Light has pierced the dark. Troglodytes still growl and glower, but those who ignore or deny the science have declining power. Out of the cave: climate change in an election year | The Strategist […]

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As Climate Change Threatens China, PLA Is Missing in Action (Thomas Corbett, Peter W. Singer, Defense One)

As climate change forces the world’s militaries to adapt to new security conditions and ponder their own carbon footprints, the People’s Liberation Army has been largely silent. The same is not true for the Chinese government as a whole; Xi Jinping, for example, has promised to reduce the country’s carbon output starting in 2030 and achieve full […]

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Africa’s youth lost out in Glasgow (Louise Fox, Brookings)

As the Glasgow COP26 meetings ended on Sunday, it quickly became clear that the region that will suffer the worst economic and social effects of rising temperatures—and that can least afford to cope with challenges climate change will bring—gained very little in Glasgow. Little agreement was reached on how to compensate African countries for the […]

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How climate change is leading to a rise in violence in the Sahel (Al Jazeera)

More than 1.3 million people have been plunged into extreme poverty in the Sahel, as the Belt of Africa experiences its deepest recession since independence due to COVID-19. Long before the pandemic, the Western Sahel was being reshaped by climate change. Farmers and herders have been clashing over fertile land and, lacking opportunities, many young […]

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Planning the Route to Net Zero (Richard Mattison, Project-Syndicate)

The travel details of the huge number of world leaders, company CEOs, and investors who made their way to Glasgow for the latest United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) may seem trivial. The carbon footprint of their transport of choice – plane, car, or train – or the size of their entourage pales in importance […]

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Is nuclear power the way forward to combat the climate crisis? (Patricia Sabga, Al Jazeera)

As the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) wraps up and countries prepare to throw a lot more money towards decarbonising their economies, the debate over the role nuclear energy should play in achieving net-zero targets is heating up. Nuclear power plants have been around since the 1950s. The technology is relatively basic: Atoms are […]

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Accounting for Climate Change (Lucrezia Reichlin, Project-Syndicate)

This year’s United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow has brought a marked shift in focus from the responsibilities of governments to the power of the private sector. If national governments cannot find a way to reconcile their interests and commit to collective action, can the private sector pick up the slack? Accounting for […]

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Will COP26 in Glasgow spur progress on reducing carbon emissions? (David Dollar and David G. Victor, Brookings)

As the global climate change conference (COP26) continues in Glasgow, climate expert David Victor joins host David Dollar to talk about what’s been happening in Scotland and whether it will be viewed as a success. Victor, a professor of innovation and public policy at UC San Diego and co-director of the university’s Deep Decarbonization Initiative, discusses a range of […]

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Climate on track to devastate world’s poorest economies: Study (Al Jazeera)

The 65 most vulnerable nations will see their gross domestic product (GDP) drop 20 percent on average by 2050 and 64 percent by 2100 if the world heats up 2.9 degrees Celsius (5.2 degrees Fahrenheit), according to a report released on Monday at the COP26 climate talks in Glasgow. Even if global temperature rises are […]

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Getting Conflict into the Global Climate Conversation (Crisis Group)

World leaders are meeting in Glasgow to talk about what to do to ameliorate the mounting climate crisis. In this Q&A, Crisis Group experts Ulrich Eberle and Andrew Ciacci explain why these discussions cannot neglect questions of war and peace. Getting Conflict into the Global Climate Conversation | Crisis Group

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To fight poverty, we need more climate action (Joe Cerrell, Khalifa Al-Kuwari, Al Jazeera)

With COP26 ongoing, much of the global climate discussion focuses on efforts to reduce and curb greenhouse gas emissions by turning to cleaner and more efficient energy. And rightly so – we have an opportunity to dramatically mitigate the damage that will be inflicted on our planet in the years to come. But as we […]

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Who’s making the grade on climate change education ambition? (Christina Kwauk, Brookings)

The release of the 6th IPCC report on the physical science of climate change this year raised the alarm around the urgency to act on the climate crisis. Clearly, global leaders did not heed the previous five alarms nor did they listen to recent calls to increase the ambition of their efforts to reach net-zero emissions by […]