Climate Change

Page 1 of 16

Filter category

Feature post image

Beginning of the End or End of the Beginning? Exploring the UN Climate Change Regime through the Lens of Ukraine

The latest study from January 2024 indicates that we are not on track to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement and predicts global warming to reach 2 degrees Celsius by 2050. Continuing substantial fossil fuel use for decades longer constitutes a tragic moral failure of immense proportions. The narrow chance remains to correct course by radically transforming global energy systems. Does this signal the inadequacy of COP28 outcomes and international climate governance as a whole? Furthermore, what are the limitations of the UNFCCC regime face in addressing challenges experienced by countries like Ukraine grappling with an ongoing war? “Beginning of the end for the fossil fuels era’? For the first time in 28 years of UN climate negotiations, the COP28 final text - UAEConsensus included the language calling on nations to: “transition away from fossil fuels in energy systems, in a just, orderly, and equitable manner, accelerating action in this critical decade, so as to achieve net zero by 2050 in keeping with the science.”…

Read more

“Historic” or “Historic Failure”? Fossil Fuels at COP28

Another climate change COP has come and gone. As has become quite common by now, a complex set of intergovernmental negotiations are ultimately reduced to a fight over one particular issue. At the UN Climate Change Conference in Dubai, UAE (COP28), this issue was the phasing out of fossil fuels. The decision adopted in Dubai by parties to…

Read more

A Fossil Fuel Ban Treaty: Corrective Treaty-Making Beyond Consensus

As the COP28 drew to a close the day before yesterday, the final outcome left many disappointed. The first global stocktake, regarded as the central decision of the conference, was adopted after intense negotiations over the final text. COP 28 could neither agree on the overdue call on parties to phase-out current fossil fuel extractions nor to stop…

Read more

The Australia-Tuvalu Falepili Union Treaty: Security in the face of climate change … and China?

On 9 November 2023, Australia and the Tuvalu signed the world’s first climate resettlement treaty. Tuvalu is a Pacific Island State of only 26 square kilometres in area, with over half its population living on the atoll of Funafuti. It has a mean elevation of less than 2 metres above sea level and is profoundly threatened by climate…

Read more

Dial CPTPP for Climate Change-Related Civil Society Involvement in China: The Experimental Potential of the CPTPP’s Environmental Submissions and Referral Procedure

In September 2021, China formally applied to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Signed and entered into force in 2018, the CPTPP is a recent addition to a line of free trade agreements (FTAs) that establish formal mechanisms for engaging civil society in environmental matters.

Read more
  • Page 1 of 16
  • Last