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COP27 - One week post-COP: Hopes and Failures

25 November 2022

While this year’s conference did not set a new record, it was definitely one of the lengthiest COPs in the UNFCCC’s history – both literally and figuratively speaking. Almost one week since the close of COP27 last Sunday, Freddie looks back at what gave the most hope and where this COP fell short.

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COP27 Day 11+: The Final Results and Closing of COP

20 November 2022

Here, days 11+1 and 2, as COP extends to Sunday morning for the final negotiation wrap-up and closing plenary. With some successes in Loss and Damange funding, there is still lacking in mitigation and fossil fuel phase-out.

Building Contra Costa Centre, CA, USA - Photo by Scott Blake on Unsplash

New Research: COP must reverse rising pessimism over building sector decarbonisation

18 November 2022

The building sector is one of the most important and challenging to decarbonise because it involves a complex overlap of people, places and practices that creates a barrier to designing just emission reduction policies. In a new study led by Cambridge Zero Fellow Ramit Debnath, researchers found that social media engagement with climate policy events is vital to reducing building emissions and ensuring environmental justice.

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COP27 Day 10 Round-up: A Non-Paper Release and Press Conferences on L&D

17 November 2022

It’s Thursday of Week 2 here at COP27, which means it’s crunch time for everyone - not only for parties, but also for civil society actors whose voices are getting louder and louder as more and more draft cover decision text emerges. Many went to the press conference rooms today to, once again, make publicly clear why we need an L&D funding mechanism here and now.

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Aviation Impact Accelerator: How will we fly to COP in 2035?

17 November 2022

In the two weeks of COP27, people across the world have flown to Sharm El-Sheikh to discuss action on climate change. Aviation is a crucial way to bring us together to tackle this challenge, but at the same time it is a major contributor to the problem. Flight must become climate neutral, and the Aviation Impact Accelerator is at the forefront of solving this challenge. Here we demonstrate how our Journey Impact Simulator (JIS) is used to explore different options.

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COP27 Day 9 Round-up: Urgency in Negotiation Rooms and the Santiago Network

16 November 2022

Today the high-level segment statements concluded amidst an atmosphere of rising tensions and urgency in the negotiation rooms. The focus remains on those many countries who cannot wait any longer, living with ever-present dangers from climate change. Some progress is being made, as parties reached an agreement on the institutional arrangements to operationalise the Santiago Network.