Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
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Climate action is best achieved through multilateral efforts involving an array of actors and stakeholders. The news coming out of climate talks can also be as wide and varied. To keep you posted on the latest happenings surrounding COP25 we'd like to share with you 10 of our favourite Twitter accounts.

  1. COP25

As the official account of COP25, this is a must-follow for all the latest updates, information and outcomes of the climate negotiations in Madrid.

  1. Climate Diplomacy

COP is all about international climate diplomacy. Follow us and we’ll keep you in the loop of COP25’s highlights.

  1. UNFCCC

Since 1995, UNFCCC parties have met in the yearly Conference of the Parties (COP) to negotiate on climate action. Follow the UNFCCC official Twitter account to stay up-to-date on all the latest happenings in COP25 that relate to the UNFCCC process.

  1. Carolina Schmidt

Schmidt is Chile’s Minister of Environment, as well as the president-designate of COP25. She was a leading voice during COP24, steering the negotiations on global carbon markets. Stay updated on the latest news on COP25 from the perspective of the head of the conference itself by following her account (in Spanish).

  1. Christiana Figueres

The former Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC is widely recognised as a leader on global climate change and diplomacy, and continues to be a leading force in all that is climate – from institutions to states to civil society.

  1. German Mission to the UN

Germany has been actively pushing the climate security agenda at the UN Security Council. Together with the French government, Germany has launched the Alliance for Multilateralism, highlighting the need for sustained multilateralism to achieve climate action. Follow this account to get insights into Germany’s work at the UN and the latest updates on the #Alliance4Multilateralism.

  1. European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action

Climate diplomacy is picking up momentum in the EU, as the Union sets to become climate neutral by 2050. What actions are the EU taking to address climate change, and what will the EU delegation be presenting at COP25? Follow their official account to find out.

  1. Fridays for Future

With the weekly climate strikes gaining traction globally, their impact will certainly leave a lasting influence on the COP25 proceedings. Follow them to keep up with this grassroots movement throughout the climate negotiations in Madrid.

  1. Mr. Climate

For an innovative and multisector perspective of climate action, follow environmentalist, social media manager and content developer Olumide Idowu, aka Mr. Climate. He is the co-founder of two climate-related organisations – the Nigerian Youth Climate Coalition and the International Climate Change Development Initiative (ICCDI) – and will surely fill up your feed with COP news.

  1. Climate Home

As an independent news site on the most important climate stories, Climate Home News is undoubtedly the place to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings on COP25 and, basically, all that is going on in the climate world.


Climate Change
Early Warning & Risk Analysis
Global Issues
Lauren Anderson, IISD

For the first time in the survey’s 10-year outlook, the top five global risks in terms of likelihood are all environmental. They are: extreme weather events, failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation, major natural disasters, major biodiversity loss and ecosystem collapse, and human-made environmental damage and disasters.

Climate Change
Land & Food
Sub-Saharan Africa
Issa Sikiti da Silva, SciDev.Net

Millions of people across Sub-Saharan Africa could face grave hunger in the first half of 2020 because of armed conflict, political instability and climate change-linked disasters, a report says.
The report published by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) this month says that the countries affected will require life-saving food assistance and investment to prevent humanitarian catastrophes.

Climate Change
Forests
Oceania & Pacific
Daisy Dunne, Josh Gabbatiss and Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief

Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons, with swathes of the southern and eastern coastal regions having been ablaze for weeks.  As the fires have spread, there has been extensive media coverage both nationally and internationally documenting – and debating – their impacts. This Carbon Brief overview summarises how the fires – and the political response to them – have been covered by the media.

Climate Diplomacy
Global Issues
Lou Del Bello

The latest climate talks unravelled when parties failed to reach consensus on the global carbon market mandated by the Paris Agreement. The carbon market controversy emerged amidst new tensions between a growing grassroots climate movement and the climate sceptic agenda of populist leaders. The ball is now in the court of the climate laggards, but they can only halt global climate action for so long.