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Just over half of countries signed up to Paris Agreement submit NDCs before deadline

Roughly half of countries did not submit new or updated nationally determined contributions to be included in a UNFCCC synthesis report ahead of COP26.


US Senate Democrats to introduce major polluters tax

US Senate Democrats are set to unveil legislation that would tax energy companies responsible for major greenhouse gas emissions.


Indonesia is optimistic of reaching a net zero emissions target by 2060 or sooner, and has updated its adaptation measures and included a new long-term strategy for low carbon development.

China has established a leading group and is formulating a timetable and road map for peak carbon and carbon neutrality.


Indonesia updates net zero strategy in hopes of 2060 target

Indonesia is optimistic of reaching a net zero emissions target by 2060 or sooner, and has updated its adaptation measures and included a new long-term strategy for low carbon development.


Worst drought in Madagascar in four decades continues

The lack of rain in southern Madagascar has led to crop failure and mass hunger, all said to be driven by climate change.


15 small emitter countries hike climate pledges

15 small emitter countries hike climate pledges


Biden mileage rule to exceed Obama climate goal

Joe Biden is proposing a return to Obama-era vehicle mileage standards over five years, and possibly to tougher standards.


Bank of Russia advises companies to disclose ESG agenda

Russia’s central bank has advised domestic companies to disclose their ESG agenda and evaluate related risks.


France passes climate law, critics say it falls short

France passed a wide-ranging law to tackle climate change, creating a raft of bans, incentives and quotas on transportation, housing and consumption, despite criticism from environmental groups.


G20 ministers fail to agree tougher climate goals

Following the discussions in Naples, several countries rejected the idea of committing to keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.


Indonesia sets eyes on becoming geothermal superpower

In a push to become the world’s geothermal powerhouse, Indonesia aims to install 8 GW of geothermal capacity by 2030, up from about 2.1 GW currently.


Israel approves plan to slash carbon emissions by 2050

Israel’s government unanimously approved a plan to drastically reduce carbon emissions by 2050.


Japan boosts renewable energy target for 2030 energy

The industry ministry’s policy draft released says renewables should account for 36 to 38% of power supplies in 2030, double the level of 18% in 2020.


New EU Forest Strategy for 2030

As part of the Fit for 55 package, the Forest Strategy acknowledges the importance of large, healthy, and more diverse forests for carbon storage.


UK government publishes its Transport Decarbonisation Plan

The Plan includes the aim to create a net zero rail network by 2050.


UN global biodiversity framework to be set through 2030

The UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat has released the first official draft of a new Global Biodiversity Framework.


Abnormal temperatures responsible for 2.6m deaths in Asia

More than 5 million deaths, including about 2.6 million in Asia, can be attributed to abnormal hot and cold temperatures that are becoming more common due to climate change.


Developing nations demand next climate finance goal

Developing countries have called on rich nations to provide at least $100b a year in public finance to help them tackle climate change, ahead of COP26. 


EU launches green deal plans

The EU unveiled sweeping climate proposals spanning tighter curbs on industrial pollution, higher renewable energy targets, and reforestation.


US reconciliation package to include several climate priorities left out of bipartisan framework

The $3.5t budget proposal being put together by US Senate Democrats will include a clean electricity standard, clean energy and vehicle tax credits and a civilian climate corps.

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