The first post-Paris climate conference promised to make headway on devising a means to implement the Paris Agreement. Hopes were high for these talks to make progress but just into the first week both delegates and observers were sideswiped by arch-climate sceptic Donald Trump winning the US presidency.
The Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol is a legally binding multilateral measure which mandates concrete, sector-wide greenhouse gas emission reductions for both developed and developing countries. It represents the largest near-term climate mitigation measure from a single agreement
As more than 160 world leaders gather today in New York for the agreement’s signing ceremony, climate action has perhaps never been higher on the global governance agenda – but there’s more to be said and done to avert billions of tonnes of greenhouse gases from damaging our precious climate