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By Nick Mabey, Sabrina Schulz, Taylor Dimsdale, Luca Bergamaschi and Amal-Lee Amin
A new report by think tank E3G warns that the spread in democracy following the Arab Spring could be reversed due to the failure of the Group of Eight (G8) governments to help the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region to address the threat of food and energy price shocks.
Climate models consistently estimate that warming will occur much faster in this region than the global average. A
By Pelin Zorlu
Analysis by E3G highlights the costs and risks of a gas-heavy power sector for the UK. The study is published as the Quad of senior Government Ministers prepare to meet on Wednesday to finalise the UK gas strategy and key elements of the forthcoming Energy Bill.
The full briefing paper, full results pack and key figures are attached for download. A press release is available here.
By Shane Tomlinson, Liz Gallagher, Claire Langley, Pelin Zorlu and Shin Wei Ng
The Transparency and Accountability Initiative (T/A Initiative) is a donor collaborative working to expand the impact and scale of transparency and accountability interventions. E3G was commission by the donor collaborative to identify where transparency and accountability could provide transformational outcomes in tackling climate change.
There has been much less attention paid to
New climate champions can play a pivotal role in brokering agreement in the international climate regime and can serve as test cases for implementation of transformational domestic climate actions. Prepared for Oak Foundation in July 2010, this report conducts analysis on a group of priority developing countries in order to identify key short term opportunities, i.e. ‘quick wins’, for
By Monica Araya
A low carbon transition is underway but current efforts do not meet the <2°C imperative. Accelerating the low carbon transformation will require new models of low carbon development; the faster countries experiment with these models the better.
Innovation will also be needed to effectively respond to the impacts of climate change: geopolitical realities make the prospect of a <2°C deal uncertain making it wise for countries to build climate resilience strategies guided by a principle of ‘aim for <2°C, plan for 4°C’.
A hybrid system of public and private finance is needed to provide incentives to leave behind business-as-usual growth and development formulas, and to mobilise capital toward low carbon2°c>
By Taylor Dimsdale
Climate-friendly policies not only reduce greenhouse emissions and bring environmental benefits; they also boost and diversify the economy, a recent report scoring some 100 climate policies from G20 countries reveals.
The report by Ecofys and Germanwatch for E3G and WWF evaluates climate policies of countries accounting for around three-quarters of global greenhouse gas emissions, identifying
By Nick Mabey, Matthew Findlay and Monica Araya
Countries that adapt quickly to a carbon constrained world will be better able to deliver lasting prosperity for their citizens. A new report, produced for E3G and the Climate Institute (Australia), offers the first in-depth assessment and index of low carbon competitiveness amongst the G20 countries a week before key meetings of world leaders in New York and Pittsburgh.
In his preface to the
By Shane Tomlinson
Tony Blair was the first major head of government to bring climate change to the top of the international political agenda at the Gleneagles G8 Summit in 2005.
As we approach this year’s G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy from July 8th to 10th, he will continuing his work with world leaders to achieve consensus on a new and comprehensive international climate policy framework.
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By Nick Mabey
The financial crisis presents both risks and opportunities to the UK’s low carbon transformation.
As public funding will be squeezed, the public will be less willing to see energy prices rise in the short term to pay for low carbon investment.
On the other hand, aggressive investment in energy efficiency, renewables and other low carbon infrastructure generates opportunities in the form
By Matthew Findlay
To prevent climate change from breaching dangerous tipping points, global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions will need to peak before 2020 and fall rapidly thereafter.
Developed countries must take the lead by cutting their own emissions sharply and supporting the efforts of developing countries.
China has ambitious targets on energy efficiency and renewable energy but will remain dependent on