The Guardian (11/2) reported on a joint statement issued by China and France that expresses the need for any international climate deal negotiated in Paris to include checks on whether signatories are keeping their commitments to reduce emissions. The Presidents suggest that progress should be reviewed every five years in order to “reinforce mutual confidence and promote efficient implementation.”
The Washington Post (11/2) added that the declaration also announced both Presidents’ intention within the next 5 years to release their own national strategies to develop low-carbon economies by 2050.
The Guardian (11/3) covered remarks by UN climate chief, Christiana Figueres, who stated that China is now leading the world on fighting climate change and that “The United States is actually playing catch-up to China.”
Latin American & Caribbean Regional Coverage (10/31) wrote about a joint statement from the BASIC countries (Brazil, South Africa, India, and China) who have “reiterated their commitment to reaching an equitable, ambitious, comprehensive, balanced and durable agreement in Paris…”
Adding to calls from Christian and Islamic leaders for the world to take action on climate change, Christian Science Monitor (10/30) reported that Buddhist leaders are also expressing support for the Paris climate talks in a document called the “Global Buddhist Climate Change Collective.” The collective has its own website containing the text.
As covered in the Washington Post (11/3), UN food security expert Hilal Elver is warning that the negative impacts of climate change will threaten long term food security and recommends a shift from large-scale industrial farming to a system that supports the local food movement and small-scale farmers.
Fortune (11/2) reported on Goldman Sachs’ plan to invest $150 billion in clean energy projects and technology by 2025, including the financing of clean energy projects in the developing world.
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