Why does COP26 remain indecisive on ‘Nature-Based Solutions?’

The buzzword for this year’s climate negotiations was ‘nature-based solutions’ or NbS. Several negotiations throughout the year discussed the importance of harnessing the benefit of nature utilising nature-based solutions. While the concept is still evolving and being pushed at COP26, its inclusion in the draft proved to be controversial. The draft initially published by theContinue reading “Why does COP26 remain indecisive on ‘Nature-Based Solutions?’”

Ensuring the Just in Energy Transitions

Global emissions are on the rise again after hitting a low in 2020 due to the pandemic induced worldwide lockdowns. As per the International Energy Agency (IEA), world emissions were 2% or 60 million tonnes higher in December 2020 than they were in the same month a year earlier. This is attributed to the re-startContinue reading “Ensuring the Just in Energy Transitions”

Distributive impact of green recovery packages

Currently, the world is in an extraordinary situation and is responding to an unprecedented social emergency caused by the covid pandemic and climate change. On one hand, governments have a task of reviving the economy in the short term, while on the other hand they also have to think and plan how to reduce theContinue reading “Distributive impact of green recovery packages”

Flipping the context: Shifting the focus to developed country climate (in)action

In the run up to as well as following the commencement of the much-awaited COP 26 negotiations, several countries have announced plans of becoming net zero emitters. Although a welcome move, it is important to highlight the inherent inequities between the developed and developing countries in terms of ambition and concrete action. Perhaps a closerContinue reading “Flipping the context: Shifting the focus to developed country climate (in)action”

Moving from a ‘Fair share’ to a ‘Critical Share’ Paradigm of Climate Expenditure

This year as part of the COP negotiations, we heard a lot about climate justice, equity, and a fair share of both carbon space and climate finance targets (i.e. annual $100 billion). In an interesting piece of research Colenbrander, et.al (2021) suggest three metrics to assess each developed country’s fair share of the climate financeContinue reading “Moving from a ‘Fair share’ to a ‘Critical Share’ Paradigm of Climate Expenditure”