Week one included...
Germany and Europe are preparing for a major heatwave that comes as one of the strongest ever, and also one of the earliest in the year.
Meanwhile, some negotiators dropped their jackets and are using abanicos. But regardless of the heat, the negotiations move forward. And we are finally seeing some progress.
Breakdown of the latest IPCC text
As we explained yesterday, the IPCC discussions are moving forward, and today we saw much more consensus on the text. Seems like it needs a few edits, but no radical changes.
But what does the text say? Explains that countries have “considered” the latest science on 1.5 presented by the IPCC report, and thanks the scientists for agreeing to write it. However, it details what are the scientific “gaps” of the report and suggests for them to be addressed in the next Assessment Report. Specifically, the needs of finance and technology of the developing countries and taking into account the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities – which may have made some countries like Saudi Arabia very happy.
The text then also suggests to have a series of workshops at COP25 in Chile and in the Bonn session next year to have an exchange between the countries and the scientists, something which was initially suggested by AILAC and the SIDS.
Broader world news
2009 Wildfire in Yosemite National Park(CC BY Salam2009 – Wikipedia)
An analysis on Brazilian deforestation and climate change predicts that the Amazon could decrease by 58% by 2050 – with 20% based on a business-as-usual rate of deforestation and a shocking 38% based on climate-induced-variability – the study in Nature Climate Change.
More than 150 religious leaders from across Australia issued an open letter calling on Scott Morrison to recognise Australia’s “moral responsibility to avoid climate catastrophe
South Korea’s lame Coal phase out – the government now looks set to close some 20 ageing coal-fired generators but only has aspirations for a 35% RE energy matrix by 2040. It is planning to release an updated 15-year energy plan later this year.
Coal-fired capacity will rise in coming years before easing by 2030, suggesting the government will have to take further measures to reduce coal’s share of energy output.
“To have more renewable power, we can make coal power plants run lower,”
Astounding price. 5 US cents / kwh, for a capacity factor likely > 50%. This is just over half the price that the IEA thought offshore wind reach by 2050 just a couple years ago.
Offshore wind is on path to be both cheaper and higher capacity factor than onshore.
22,000 Football fields are on fire in the Everglades – 2 days before Democratic candidates debate – if climate emergency isn’t the number 1 topic of debate, it never will be. It’s two days before the Democratic debates in Miami where climate change is likely to be a big topic and as if on cue, there’s a 17,000 acre wildfire in the Everglades