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Syria’s Ladies and Ladies Bike to Beat Environment Modification

Six years ago, Sarah Zein decided that the traffic in her hometown Damascus, Syria was too much, and there had to be a better way to get around. So she turned to her bicycle.    Bicycling had advantages, but Damascus was not well suited to bicycling as dedicated bike lanes did not exist. Due to…

Crunch time at POLICE24

Photo by Dan Shepard, UN DPI Heading into overtime—It’s crunch time in Katowice, on what it supposed to be the last day of COP24, but the talks are heading for an all-nighter.  It is not unusual for climate conferences to run late—in fact, they all do. But it is always a question of how late.…

Many susceptible nations

Photo by Esra Sergi, United Nations Most vulnerable countries Some of the world’s countries that are most vulnerable to climate change took center stage at COP24.  Led by the Marshall Islands, the Climate Vulnerable Forum countries issued a plea for accelerated action. “We are out of time,” said Marshall Island President Hilda Heine in a…

The clock is ticking

Photo by Khawla Alazabi, UNFCCC Ratcheting up the pressure Tension is rising at COP24 as the clock ticks down on the time available to complete the Paris Agreement Work Programme—which is supposed to guide countries as they implement the agreement.  UN Secretary-General António Guterres told the meeting that “it is a moment of truth” and that…

Turning Point Fashion Business Charter for Environment Action Launched

The global fashion sector on Monday (10 Dec) significantly increased momentum to address climate change by launching the Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action. Under the auspices of UN Climate Change, leading fashion brands, retailers, supplier organizations, and others, including a major shipping company, have agreed to collectively address the climate impact of the fashion…

Mid-week, last week

Photo by Esra Sergi, United Nations Mid-week, final week Significant progress in the negotiating texts has been achieved, but several political issues remain, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Patricia Espinosa told ministers and other high-level officials who have come Katowice to complete the negotiations on the guidelines for implementing the Paris Agreement. “To that end, I remind…

Live From POLICE OFFICER24– Interviews With Environment Leaders and Supporters

Watch all our interviews with climate leaders and advocates that aim to raise awareness on climate issues that are facing us, as well as inspire action from stakeholders around the world. 11 December “Three years on, we need to keep raising the ambition, and a big way to do that is clean energy.” Interview with…

Forming the Result

Photo by Justin Davey, UNFCCC Shaping the outcome After a week of hyper-technical negotiations over the Paris Agreement Work Programme, the outcome of COP24—the guidelines that will determine how countries manage the process for implementing the Paris Agreement — now sits in the hands of ministers and high-level officials. At last count, 91 ministers are expected…

Midway Point at POLICE24

Photo by Shanon Yang Midway Point With one week down, COP24 is ready to enter its second phase as more than 100 ministers are set to arrive in Katowice to hammer out the implementation guidelines for the Paris Agreement. And while there has been progress, COP24 President Michal Kurtyka says there is “still a lot to…

Sharing the roadways and Adjusting to Environment Modification

Photo by Khawla Alazabi, UNFCCC Sharing the roads Look at any highway in just about any city during rush hours — bumper-to-bumper traffic everywhere. But on closer inspection, many cars have only one occupant. But what if there were better forms of sharing and carpooling. According to experts, shared mobility in cities can provide all car…

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