2021 is a make or break year for people and the planet. The international community needs to orchestrate a sustainable recovery from the pandemic while delivering more ambitious commitments to protect nature and ensure a climate safe future. In LAC, there is the added challenge of responding to tough issues such as inequality, poverty and unemployment, which COVID-19 has … [Read more...] about 5 ways countries’ decarbonization and resilience plans matter for sustainable recovery
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Last week, the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, announced that the central objective of the UN for 2021 will be to build a Global Coalition for Carbon Neutrality. He stated that he firmly believes that “2021 can be a new kind of leap year — the year of a quantum leap towards carbon neutrality”. With 110 countries having committed to carbon neutrality by 2050 there is … [Read more...] about 41 billion reasons why Costa Rica’s progress on decarbonization can inspire the world
Latin America has become a global hotspot of the pandemic. The social and economic pain it inflicts only adds to the impacts of the climate crisis. This hurricane season, for instance, is expected to hit the Americas with twice as many major hurricanes of Category 3 or higher than in typical years. By the end of this decade, heat waves alone could destroy the equivalent of 2.5 … [Read more...] about Can carbon pricing help Latin America and the Caribbean engage in a net-zero carbon future?
Without a doubt, the issue of how to get the pandemic under control and post-COVID-19 recovery plans is the world’s top priority. While it is necessary and urgent to address the pandemic, this should not distract us from another threat facing the planet: the climate crisis. The pandemic forced COP26 to be postponed until November 2021 (a summit in which definitive consensus … [Read more...] about How to transform Latin America’s economy towards decarbonization and a better future
This year the United Nations celebrates its 75th anniversary. By the next time a similar anniversary comes around it will be 2095. We cannot wait that long to see whether the world has successfully limited global heating to 1.5 degrees Celsius and halted the collapse of biodiversity. We need strong action now. The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed the fragility … [Read more...] about Connecting a sustainable recovery with global climate and biodiversity goals can be a win-win for all