Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining
Central America & Caribbean
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Minerals & Mining
Europe
Claire Stam, Euractiv

The pro-coal position of Poland’s energy ministry has thrown sand into the country’s climate diplomacy as COP24 president-designate Michał Kurtyka intensifies his diplomatic tour ahead of the United Nation’s annual climate meeting later this year in Katowice.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance
Minerals & Mining
Private Sector
Europe
Chloe Farand, Desmog UK

The UK has been accused of trying to “fudge” how much money it spends on subsidising coal mining and fossil fuel use despite its pledge to phase out environmentally harmful subsidies by 2020. 

Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Forests
Europe
Global Issues
Asia
Dhanasree Jayaram, Manipal Academy of Higher Education

The EU’s decision to phase out palm oil biodiesel is likely to backfire, with negative repercussions not just on the countries concerned but also on international relations and the climate. The EU should hence invest more heavily in climate diplomacy in order to find a real solution to problems such as deforestation and wildlife loss.            

Climate Change
Finance
Forests
Private Sector
Europe
Global Issues
Frédéric Simon, EURACTIV

Former UN climate Chief Christiana Figueres, one of the architects of the Paris Agreement, has called on the European Union to step up regulatory action against deforestation in the global south by tackling emissions of imported agricultural goods like beef, soy and palm oil.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Forests
Europe
Aline Robert, EURACTIV France

France likes to be seen as a leader on climate action, but when it comes to the role of forests, the country’s priorities lie elsewhere.

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Co-Benefits
Development
Sustainable Transformation
South America
Central America & Caribbean
Daria Ivleva and Stephan Wolters

Diplomacy has an important role to play in creating an economy compatible with the target of staying below 2°C warming, agreed in Paris in 2015. At the climate conference in Marrakech (COP22) from 7 to 18 November 2016, dubbed the “implementation conference”, many new initiatives strengthened the impression that low-carbon transformation had gone mainstream.

Camille Serre, adelphi

Assessing the positive impacts of climate action, an approach which considers the broad spectrum of social, economic and health benefits, has increasingly gained global recognition. This is due, in part, to the insightful work done by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. On this platform, Christian Friis Bach from UNECE noted on February 2016: “Taking into account such co-benefits can radically change the picture and demonstrate that action can pay off, not only in the long term, but also in the short to medium term.” With the Paris Agreement recently ratified by the European Union (EU), what is the potential of the benefits approach for achieving these new commitments in Europe?

Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Co-Benefits
Energy
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation
Europe
Global Issues
Johannes Ackva (adelphi), Emilie Magdalinski (adelphi), Benjamin Pohl (adelphi), Dominic Roser (University of Oxford)

On June 3rd 2016, the European Union joined six of its Member States and 14 other countries – including China and the United States – and became the 21st member of Mission Innovation,