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  • UNEP report: Global emissions should hit net zero within second half of century

    In order to limit global temperature rise to 2oC and thus head off the worst impacts of climate change, as agreed to by world leaders at the 2010 Cancun Climate Conference, global greenhouse gas emissions should start falling in the next few years and hit net zero by the second half of the century, according to a new United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) report. As nations prepare to gather...
  • Countries get support in preparing their INDCs ahead of Paris 2015

    A new paper provides guidance on the preparation process of Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). As decided during the UN climate conference in Warsaw last year, INDCs put forward by countries will form a key input to the negotiations leading towards the 2015 Paris climate agreement. It is the first time such an ex-ante process was formally adopted under the UNFCCC, leading to the...
  • Onshore wind farms: New tool finds optimal balance between energy yield and noise disturbance

    A new tool allows onshore wind developers to identify the best way for maximum energy output while fully complying with noise limitations. One of the challenges onshore wind developers face is to optimise their business case, and at the same time fulfil all legislative requirements to protect those who live nearby. Noise legislation often constitutes the most critical constraints for a wind farm, ...
  • China and US increase climate ambition: Improvements needed in 2015

    The announcement of increased ambition by the biggest emitters China and the United States one year ahead of the Paris Climate Summit in 2015 is a very important political development. It begins to close the gap between their previous pledges and the emissions limits needed to hold global warming below 2°C. In a new policy brief, the Climate Action Tracker has undertaken an initial assessment of ...