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Governments to produce 50% more climate-compliant fossil fuels by 2030

The United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) issued a report assessing countries' plans and outlooks for fossil fuel production highlighting a significant production gap. The report was produced by leading research organizations, including the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), International Institute for Sustainable Development, Overseas Development Institute, CICERO Centre for International Climate and Environmental Research, Climate Analytics, and UNEP, and more than 50 researchers from numerous universities and research organizations contributed to the analysis and review.

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New assessment gets launched on the state of the environment

Top policymakers, leading scientists, and representatives from major stakeholder groups from around the world gathered in Berlin to formally launch the United Nations Environment Programme's (UNEP) sixth iteration of the Global Environment Outlook (GEO) report - the UN's authoritative assessment of the state, trends and outlook of the global environment. The fifth edition (GEO-5), launched on the eve of the Rio+20 Summit held in 2012, revealed that, of 90 of the most important environmental goals and objectives, significant progress had only been made on four. It was a crucial reminder to world leaders and nations of the need for urgent action to deliver on already agreed environmental goals. The upcoming sixth edition, expected to be launched in mid-2017, will build upon regional assessment processes and create a comprehensive picture of the environmental factors contributing to human well-being, accompanied by an analysis of policies leading to greater attainment of global environmental objectives and goals. The 133 delegates attending the GEO-6 Global Intergovernmental and Multi-stakeholder meeting in Berlin endorsed the guiding framework for the report, the methodologies by which it will be conducted, and the process for transparent engagement of authors and contributors to make the GEO-6 scientifically robust and credible. The ...

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