All posts tagged: COP 22

UN Marrakech Climate Talks End with Little Action

Hampered by the cloud of President-elect Donald Trump’s vow to lead the United States out of the landmark Paris pact on climate change, the &United Nations-sponsored 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) concluded in Marakech, Morocco at 2:00 am on Nov. 19, hours delayed from the time it was originally meant to end, with a fight between Brazil and Bolivia dragging on during the closing plenary. During the last few hours of the UN climate negotiations, Brazil insisted on having common time frames for all countries to update their climate commitments. Bolivia, with the support of India and China, disagreed. Specifically, Bolivia wanted to ensure that there will also be a focus on pre-2020 ambition, which are climate commitments of developed countries made under the Kyoto protocol. Brazil’s proposal, on the other hand, puts pressure on all countries, including developing and least developed countries, to increase their climate commitments. However, the problem seems to stem from the fact that developing countries have seen very little ambition from developed countries with their pre-2020 commitments and did not …

DENR Sec. to the world: Coal is ‘archaic’

Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Gina Lopez on Thursday decried the use of fossil fuels at the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) during the second week of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech, Morocco. In her speech, Lopez emphasized the rich biodiversity of the Philippines saying, “This is not just the wealth of the Philippines, it is the wealth of all of us together.” “Should the planet escalate to more than 1.5 degrees, we lose all of that. The planet simply cannot afford an indecisive ambiguity about what needs to be done. The situation is clear – anything more than 1.5 degrees will destroy possibilities for quality of life,” she added. Last year, the Philippines led the Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF), a group of more than 40 vulnerable countries, which lobbied for the inclusion of a 1.5 degrees celsius target for global warming. PHL to shift to renewables? Lopez also mentioned the need to stay away from fossil fuels, saying, “We do not need to give up …

PH one of 10 most vulnerable countries to climate change

MARRAKECH, Morocco – German Watch presented the Global Climate Risk Index analyzing who suffered most from extreme weather events in 2015 and 1996-2015 during the COP 22 on Tuesday, November 15. Four Southeast Asian countries (Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand) and two South Asia countries (Bangladesh and Pakistan) were included in the top 10 countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years. Sonke Kreft, one of the authors of the study, said that Southeast Asia particularly is impacted by different climactic impacts such as droughts, flooding, and tropical storms. Some countries, like Myanmar, has been included in the list because of a single catastrophic event while some countries, like the Philippines, has been included because of both a single catastrophic event and the constant climate impacts that hit the country. “In the case of the Philippines, it is impacted by tropical storms and heavy precipitation and flooding. Sometimes these two things come together and this is the reason why the Philippines is often in our top 10,” Kreft said. The Philippines is hit …

COP 22: Energy is PH’s ‘elephant in the room’

MARRAKECH, Morocco – The first week of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) opened with reminders for attending governments on the urgency of climate action. COP 22, dubbed as the “action COP,” seeks to iron out details of the Paris Agreement, the climate treaty signed by 196 countries in December 2015 which was hailed as a big step in solving the climate crisis. COP 22 opened 3 days after the Paris Agreement entered into force. Some 105 countries have ratified the agreement so far. “All together we have made possible what people said impossible. It is a historic moment for humanity. I encourage other countries who have not ratified it to do so this year,” said Segolene Royale, president of COP 21. Salaheddine Mezouar, president of COP 22, reminded governments that while the conference comes with a climate of hope and aspirations for humanity, it is also a “call to our consciences and to our collective responsibility,” adding that ambition is needed in the conference. …

Fear and hope: Climate change and a Trump presidency

Donald Trump has officially become the 45th president of the United States of America, a win that has sent some shock and worry for environmentalists and climate activists around the world. The US elections came at the same time that the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework on Climate Change was happening in Marrakech, Morocco. The COP is an annual conference of governments to discuss how to prevent dangerous man-made climate change. Last year’s COP in Paris produced the Paris Agreement, a climate treaty hailed as historical by many. The Paris Agreement was built on the foundation of trust and was built on more than two decades of negotiations. While over a hundred countries have already ratified it and while it has officially taken effect last Nov. 4, it still stands on fragile ground. Countries do not want to see another failure such as the Kyoto Protocol, where big carbon emitters such as the United States and Canada withdrew from. The United States is an important party to the negotiations. It has, …

What a Trump presidency means for the climate

MARRAKECH, Morocco — Donald Trump won the United States presidential electionson the third day of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), an annual meeting of 196 countries to discuss how to prevent man-made climate change. This is the first conference after the Paris Agreement was signed in December 2015 and after it officially entered into force last November 4, with 100 countries ratifying the agreement. (READ: 8 reasons why PH should honor UN climate commitments) A Trump win has worried many environmentalists and climate justice activists, especially because Trump has been known to criticize the Paris Agreement and has made statements to “cancel” it. He has also been supportive of the fossil fuel industry. He has also called climate change as a hoax made by China. The United States and China, two of the biggest country emitters, have both ratified the Paris Agreement last September. Formerly, the United States bailed out on the first climate treaty which was the Kyoto Protocol under the president George …

Climate advocates concerned over Trump win

Marrakech, Morocco – The third day of the 22nd Conference of Parties (COP) began with news of the United States electing Donald Trump as its new president, worrying many climate justice advocates at the prospect of the US pulling out from the Paris Agreement. Donald Trump has been vocal about being against the Paris Agreement. In an energy conference last May 2016 in North Dakota, he was quoted saying he would “cancel” the Paris climate deal and “stop all payments of US tax dollars to UN global warming programmes.” Trump is also a non-believer of man-made climate change tweeting, “The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive.” He also said his energy plan included more drilling and more production of oil, coal, and natural gas. “Donald Trump now has the unflattering distinction of being the only head of state in the entire world to reject the scientific consensus that mankind is driving climate change,” said Michael Brune, Executive Director of The Sierra Club. Other …