Edition for 03 February 2020

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Get ready for a year of climate emergency declarations (Quartz)

  • Just this month, the cities of Barcelona, San Diego, Boston, and Nottingham all officially declared climate emergencies.
  • We can no longer afford to say we need to act on climate for our kids and our grandkids.
  • O’Malley put forward the climate emergency resolution passed by the city earlier this month.
  • Globally, 1,330 governments have passed a binding motion declaring a climate emergency, according to Cedamia.
  • The populations of those areas total more than 814 million, meaning nearly one in ten people live in a community that has made the statement.

Donors commit $4.25b in this year’s BDF (The Daily Star)

  • At a meeting, Javier Manzanares, deputy executive director of Green Climate Fund (GCF), expressed a willingness to extend $1.2 billion to Bangladesh for a period of four years, Kamal said.
  • Bangladesh has never received any fund from GCF, which was mainly formed to provide financial assistance to countries badly hit by climate change.
  • Set up in 2010 by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, GCF is the world’s largest dedicated fund helping developing countries reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and enhance their ability to respond to climate change.

US energy secretary: Brazil showing commitment on climate (660 News)

  • U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said Sunday the far-right government of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro is demonstrating its commitment to the fight against climate change by promoting nuclear energy.
  • Bolsonaro, a climate skeptic, has been criticized internationally for pledging to open the vital Amazon rainforest to development and agribusiness, and make major changes to the South American country’s environmental policy.
  • On Sunday, Bolsonaro got some rare environmental support during a visit by a U.S. delegation to discuss collaboration on nuclear power among other things.

EU helps tackle air pollution in Kosovo with €76.4 million (Modern Diplomacy)

  • As part of his first visit to Kosovo, High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell will launch today a major EU-financed project to improve the environmental performance of the “Kosovo B” thermal power plant, Kosovo’s largest electricity generator.
  • High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell commented: “Air pollution is one of the most acute environmental problems affecting the Western Balkans, including Kosovo.”
  • Kosovo has inherited a large number of environmental problems, accumulated over decades of uncontrolled use of natural and mineral resources, industrial production coupled with very high levels of pollution.

Dry, hot summers could become 'norm' in Scotland (BBC News)

  • The report by researchers from Edinburgh and Oxford universities and Met Office staff analyses UK climate projections.
  • And they say the country should start planning now to deal with more frequent higher temperatures brought about as a result of climate change.
  • Human influences had made the heatwave more likely, researchers said, adding that their findings indicate the need to start sustainable long-term planning now to deal with heatwaves in Scotland induced by climate change.

Greens leader Richard Di Natale quits leadership, will leave Senate (The Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Senator Di Natale's resignation comes as the country grapples with a catastrophic bushfire season and heightened community anxiety about climate change.
  • Mr Bandt, the party's climate change spokesperson and only lower house MP, is expected to emerge as the frontrunner to replace Senator Di Natale.
  • Senator Di Natale listed medicinal cannabis legislation, Medicare-funded dental care and the since-dismantled carbon price scheme, as well as the Greens' campaigns for marriage equality and the banking and disability abuse royal commissions among his parliamentary highlights.

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