Global warming

DEFINITION: A gradual increase in the world’s average temperature, due to the release of fossil fuels such as oil, gas and coal into the atmosphere.

See also: Climate change

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Regardless of language, nations will likely be asked to submit new 2030 actions plans next year. Image: UNClimateChange

Updated COP26 draft plan waters down key language on fossil fuels and NDCs

With negotiations scheduled to finish later today (12 November) at COP26, a new draft plan has been unveiled with subtle yet important changes, such as "requesting" that nations submit updated climate plans by the end of 2022, but has watered down facets on fossil fuels.

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The documents set up a tense negotiating period at Glasgow

COP26 draft plan: Countries urged to submit and strengthen climate plans

The COP26 Presidency Unit has published the draft "cover decision" of negotiations at the summit so far, calling on nations to "revisit and strengthen" their 2030 climate targets by the end of 2022 in order to keep any chance of reaching the 1.5C pathway of the Paris Agreement alive.

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María Mendiluce on keeping 1.5C alive and achieving global carbon market deal at COP26

EXCLUSIVE: The chief executive of the We Mean Business Coalition has told edie that the goal of limiting global warming to 1.5C is 'alive, but in intensive care' and that world leaders must 'get their act together' to unlock Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The Business Guide to Water Efficiency

With water resources under increasing pressure from climate change, population growth and nature loss, it’s clear that water efficiency has an essential role to play in ensuring we have enough water for people, the economy and the environment – now, and in the future.

For the first time, national ambitions and commitments pushed the world into the 2C threshold of the Paris Agreement

COP26 week 1 analysis: Is the world any closer to 1.5C?

The first week of negotiations in Glasgow has led to some head-spinning announcements, the formulation of crucial climate coalitions and some massive restructures to the economy. One question still needs answering though: is COP26 'keeping 1.5C alive'?

80% of Covid-19 recovery funding from national governments to date has gone to activities likely to increase or maintain emissions, the report reveals

UN Emissions Gap report: World has failed to accelerate climate action in Covid-19 recovery plans

Climate commitments and plans from national governments are currently aligned with a 2.7C temperature increase, despite many nations badging their updated targets as net-zero or compliant with the Paris Agreement's 1.5C pathway.

When accounting for all available NDCs from the 191 Parties, the report warns that a “sizable” increase in emissions of around 16% will occur by 2030

UN: Climate commitments must redouble to meet Paris Agreement

Nations must redouble planned climate targets if the world is to meet the minimal threshold of the Paris Agreement, according to a new UN report warning that while emissions are being reduced, the pace of progress is falling behind required rates.

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This report explores how climate resilience and adaptation solutions are being focused on at the COP26 climate talks, with specific guidance and insights for businesses seeking to accelerate action in these areas.

COP26 Primer: Nature-based solutions

edie’s COP26 Primer Reports are about seizing the green opportunity. Produced in the run-up to the official talks, this mini-series of reports are based on the five key themes of COP26: Clean Energy, Clean Transport, Climate Resilience, Nature-Based Solutions, and Climate Finance. This report examines approaches to nature-based solutions.

edie outlines how businesses can begin to respond to the report in order to accelerate decarbonisation and improve long-term resiliency against a changing climate

5 key corporate net-zero considerations based on the latest IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has issued a report warning that irreversible and unprecedented changes to the planet are being caused by the climate crisis. Here, edie summarises how businesses should respond to the warnings in the new landmark report.

According to the report, no regions will be immune to the impacts of the climate crisis in the coming decades

'The package currently on the table is perilously inadequate': Green economy reacts to new IPCC report

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) Working Group 1 has published a major new report outlining how the severity of the physical impacts of the climate crisis will grow without immediate and deep cuts to emissions. Here, edie rounds up the key pieces of reaction from across the UK's green economy.

Pictured: A firefighter attending to wildfires in Greece. The IPCC's report outlines how increasing global temperatures and changing weather patterns contribute to extreme weather events.

IPCC report: Global temperature increase likely to pass 1.5C sooner than thought

The window in which to deliver the "deep emissions cuts" needed to prevent the worst impacts of the climate crisis is closing rapidly, thousands of scientists are warning, meaning that our best chance of delivering the Paris Agreement is to reach "at least net-zero" by 2050.

Pictured: The aftermath of Storm Ciara at Climping Beach, Sussex, in 2020

'Less talk and more action is needed': Green economy reacts to major climate adaptation report from the CCC

Environmental charities, think tanks and business groups are urging the UK government to take the Climate Change Committee's (CCC) new advice on building resilience to risks including floods, heatwaves and international supply chain disruption.

The edie Sustainability and CSR Reporting Handbook 2021

This handbook, developed in partnership with UL as part of edie’s Engagement Week 2021, provides you with the advice and expert insight you need to implement modern, best-practices approaches to the development of your organisation’s sustainability reporting.

According to CAT, new climate plans from the US, the EU27, China and Japan are responsible for shrinking the emissions gap

Report: Nations falling short on collective efforts to meet Paris Agreement

Nations are adopting stronger climate targets in the build-up to COP26, but new research has revealed that current policies would still lead to global warming twice what it should be if the world is to meet the aims of the Paris Agreement.

The LEAF initiative aims to mobilise at least $1bn to support emissions reductions by ensuring tropical forests that act as carbon sinks are protected from deforestation

Amazon and Unilever among businesses teaming with governments on $1bn deforestation pledge

A group of businesses including Amazon, Unilever, and Nestlé has joined the UK, US and Norwegian governments in setting up a new public-private initiative committing $1bn to combat the climate crisis through the conservation and preservation of tropical forests across the globe.

Tropical forests and islands, as well as mountains, are facing higher extinction risks than the global average, according to the paper

Delivering Paris Agreement could help save most endangered species, report reveals

More than nine in ten plant and animal species will face challenges if the current global warming trajectory continues, a new study has revealed. But most species could be saved from extinction if the world delivers on the Paris Agreement.

Dominic has worked within UK Parliament for five years now, helping the organisation to reduce energy and water consumption and cut emissions across its estate

Meet edie's 30 Under 30 Class of 2020: Dominic Pybus, UK Parliament

This new series profiles the members of edie's 30 Under 30 - a nomination-based community of 30 hugely talented young sustainability and energy professionals who have already achieved great things or are showing fantastic promise. Up next: UK Parliament's energy manager Dominic Pybus.

Circle Economy has repeatedly stated that the majority of global annual emissions are released during the extraction of materials and manufacturing of goods

Circular economy can slash global emissions by 39%, says major new report

A major new report, released to coincide with the original dates for the World Economic Forum's event in Davos, has found that 39% of global annual emissions could be mitigated by changing the ways in which we use natural raw materials.