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IEA summit on global green recovery from Covid-19 crisis

The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 29 June 2020

Key to success will be that governments can sign up to green recovery plans even if – like the US – they are sceptical on the climate crisis, said Fatih Birol, the executive director of the IEA. “Even if governments do not take climate change as a key priority, they should still implement our sustainable recovery plan just to create jobs and to give economic growth. Renovating buildings, for instance, is a job machine.”

Birol fears a rerun of the recovery after the financial crisis of 2008, when emissions declined sharply in the recession but quickly returned to levels much higher than before, as governments invested in coal-fired power plants, constructed inefficient buildings, and rolled out road-building schemes.

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IEA: ‘Green’ recovery would keep emissions below 2019 peak

Carbon Brief / Josh Gabbatiss / 18 June 2020

The world has a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to pour investment into clean energy and create millions of new jobs, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Its “sustainable recovery plan” for the coronavirus pandemic lays out a series of measures that the agency says would ensure 2019 was the “definitive peak” for global emissions.

Launched in cooperation with the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the new report presents a strategy for economic growth that includes mass home renovations, fossil-fuel subsidy reforms, renewables and the expansion of power grids.

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Canadians still support climate action: poll

BIV / Jeremy Hainsworth / 28 May 2020

COVID-19’s economic and health challenges have not diminished support for infrastructure changes to create a cleaner Canadian economy, a new poll finds.

Results from the Abacus Data-Clean Energy Canada poll released May 28 found an equal number of those surveyed believed a change to a cleaner economy was possible and that such considerations should come after health and economic concerns.

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‘The human fingerprint is everywhere’: Met Office

The Guardian / Jonathan Watts / 27 May 2020

Scientists at the Hadley Centre, which has been on the global frontline of climate monitoring, research and modelling since it opened in 1990, said early theories about fossil-fuel disruption have been proven by subsequent facts.

“The climate now is completely different from what we had 30 years ago. It is completely outside the bounds of possibility in natural variation,” said Peter Stott, a professor and expert on climate attribution science at the centre.

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Steep fall in emissions is no cause for celebration

The Guardian / Fiona Harvey / 19 May 2020

“None of this is good news for anyone,” added Joeri Rogelj, a lecturer in climate change at the Grantham Institute at Imperial College London. “It is the symptom of a massive economic disruption caused by the pandemic and the measures to contain it. For the climate, this month-long wake in otherwise record-high emissions is entirely insignificant.”

What is to come might be worse still, he warned, if governments around the world seek to kickstart the global economy out of its pandemic recession by pouring public money into projects that prop up existing industries and increase our dependence on fossil fuels.

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Where are all the carbon emissions coming from?

Grist / Shannon Osaka / 27 April 2020

Pedestrians have taken over city streets, people have almost entirely stopped flying, skies are blue (even in Los Angeles!) for the first time in decades, and global CO2 emissions are on-track to drop by … about 5.5 percent.

Wait, what? Even with the global economy at a near-standstill, the best analysis suggests that the world is still on track to release 95 percent of the carbon dioxide emitted in a typical year, continuing to heat up the planet and driving climate change even as we’re stuck at home.

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