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Good morning, this is Bruno, bringing you the latest climate news for Geneva Solutions.

This week we delve into India’s frontline battle to address climate threats while lifting a fifth of humanity out of poverty. The country could have the keys to our future. We tell you the tale of two activists: climate justice fighter Vanessa Nakate from Uganda and innovator Bertrand Piccard from Switzerland. Also, how can trade curb plastic pollution instead of expanding it?

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Bruno Jochum, Geneva

20.11.2020


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Students take part in a demonstration against climate change in Aachen, Germany, 2019. (Keystone/EPA/Friedemann Vogel)

Students from all over the world are holding a mock COP26. What would happen if young people took over climate negotiations? While the World Climate Conference has been postponed to next year, 350 students are gathering for a two-week online summit in which they will pretend to be political leaders and try to rise up to the climate challenge. This will be a chance for the youth climate movement to regain momentum after almost a year of protests winding down due to the pandemic.

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Why frontliner India holds many keys on climate. The world’s third largest emitter is reducing its carbon intensity but fossil fuels are still driving the country’s development. With climate impacts hitting harder than elsewhere and a population to lift out of poverty, the way it steers itself out of this catch 22 will largely determine everyone’s future.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Climate justice and profitable tech at the same table. As the Young Activists Summit convenes in Geneva, Piccard and Nakate share their experience and fight for change. What a Swiss innovator and a young Ugandan leader can learn from another.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Trading our way out of the plastic crisis. With 300 million tonnes of plastic waste being produced every year, moving towards a more sustainable economy will require some heavy lifting. How can WTO facilitate this change?

Geneva Solutions (EN)

Countries must commit to more ambitious climate targets. Five years into the Paris agreement, states are expected to beef up their plans to combat climate change. A new tracker keeps a close eye on who’s delivering and who’s not.

Geneva Solutions (EN)

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A shepherd in front of the biggest thermal power station in North Macedonia near the city of Bitola. (Keystone/EPA/Georgi Licovski)

Pollution levels rise in North Macedonia as hydropower plants close. Water levels have dropped in the past months in a drought-hit North Macedonia, forcing hydropower plants to close and thermal power plants to scale up production. Aside from driving up pollution levels, this could cause electricity prices to increase this winter, in a country already reeling from the pandemic.


Next on the agenda


23 Novembre | Building and renovation solutions to meet 21st Century climate change A webinar to reflect on sustainable construction and on how forest-based products are related to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

UNECE (EN)

26 November | Geneva Beat Plastic Pollution Dialogues On this online event, International Geneva stakeholders share their views on how to address the plastic crisis.

GEN (EN)

26 - 27 November | Human Rights and the Climate Change Crisis For Human Rights Week, experts and academics ask how to enforce the right to a healthy environment, to water and to development despite the uncertain times we are facing.

UNIGE (EN)

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