The Carbon Institute was invited to contribute to the 2019 Roadmap to Oceans and Climate Action report which was recently published in anticipation of the UNFCCC COP25 in Madrid in December. The 2019 report assessed critical areas of progress at the ocean-climate nexus over the past year, covering new scientific updates, action within the UNFCCC, mobilization of governments and civil society, and developments on mitigation, adaptation, the Blue Economy, displacement, financing, and capacity development. The assessment featured contributions from experts in intergovernmental, governmental, and civil society organizations, with John-O Niles from the Carbon Institute outlining key priorities and actions in international capacity development.READ MORE
Reflections on the First Blue COP
Feeling blue about climate change? That could be a good thing.
There are plenty of reasons to be glum regarding global inaction on climate change. The emissions gap. The lack of strong political will at COP25—widely hailed as the first “Blue COP.” A certain 17-year old trying unsuccessfully to educate a certain leader on basic science.
So how about some good news?READ MORE
1/CP.25: New Draft of Text on the Ocean-Climate Nexus Released
In the early hours December 13 in Madrid, a new draft text was produced by the COP25 Presidency, containing a number of potential “landing zones.” These draft paragraphs in a document (known in the climate diplomacy circles as 1/CP.25) are the likely areas of legal convergence countries are debating as they work to wrap up the Blue COP.READ MORE
First Draft of Text on Ocean-Climate Nexus Released at COP25
The first draft text on oceans and climate has been circulated at COP25 in Madrid.
As COP25 enters its final week, momentum is building among parties for a strong policy outcome from the first Blue COP. In our previous blog, we explained the context of the high-level ministerial process leading to introduction of text on oceans and climate.READ MORE
COP25 Climate Talks Begin Formal Coordination on Oceans
Negotiators at COP25 are poised to move on text to coordinate action on oceans.
As the 2019 annual UN climate change negotiations enter their second week, all eyes are on whether the ocean-climate nexus will become an official process under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). For the past few years, a plethora research reports, civil society groups, state actors, and NGOs have called for more coordination and cooperation for oceans and climate change. The official UN climate change agendas for COP25 negotiations, however, have yet to address oceans. It seems that may finally be about to change.READ MORE