A global movement of 87 companies have joined forces on the ‘Business Ambition for 1.5°C — Our Only Future’ campaign, promising to scale up their climate ambitions by setting science-based targets aligned with limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
Maersk and Port of Antwerp, supported by IAPH, announced a new joint initiative, called ‘The Getting to Zero Coalition’, aiming to a commercially viable zero-emission vessel industry for ships operating along deep sea trade routes by 2030.
Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg sailed into New York Harbor on Wednesday after a 14-day journey from UK on a zero-carbon emissions vessel, to join a United Nations climate summit to take place in late September.
The Panama Canal and UN Environment signed a cooperation agreement to join efforts on sustainable development and combating climate change. The agreement includes the exchange of experiences and knowledge, the development of programs and research in areas of shared interest, and human resources training across both institutions.
While speaking to young Māoris and people of the Pacific islands in New Zealand, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres highlighted four key measures that Governments should follow and prioritize to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050.
An estimated total of 505 companies have set their Science Based Targets, under the global ‘Science Based Targets initiative’, launched in 2017 by the United Nations Global Compact, CDP, World Resources Institute (WRI), the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), and one of the We Mean Business Coalition commitments.
The UN Environment issued its annual Emissions Gap Report providing an assessment of current national mitigation efforts and the ambitions countries have presented in their Nationally Determined Contributions, under the Paris Agreement. The report identifies current commitments by states as inadequate to bridge the emissions gap by 2030, while it reveals that there is no sign of improvement on GHG.
The United Nations Environment Programme will publish a report during November, presenting an assessment of current national emissions mitigation efforts and ambitions that countries have presented. The report will also look at fiscal policy, the role of innovation, and the role of non-state and subnational action.
Limiting global warming to 1.5°C would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society, IPCC said in a new report, noting that limiting global warming to 1.5°C compared to 2°C could go hand in hand with ensuring a more sustainable and equitable society.
None of the world’s challenges loom as large as climate change, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said in his keynote address to the R20 Austrian World Summit in mid-May, reiterating his belief that global warming poses an “existential threat” to humanity.
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