Category: Climate Change

  • COP26: Climate Loss & Damage

    COP26: Climate Loss & Damage

    By Sara Seck and Meinhard Doelle The focus of attention in climate negotiations has long been on mitigation and the need for decarbonization, with adaptation and finance receiving increased attention in recent years. Serious attention to loss and damage arising from climate change is long overdue: yet despite efforts by those states and communities that…

  • COP26: Perspectives from Latin America

    COP26: Perspectives from Latin America

    By Maria Antonia Tigre* Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) contribute about 10% of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. While most LAC countries have taken steps to address climate change through a series of measures, such as forest protection and energy transition, the region’s emissions are steadily growing. Although energy accounts for a large share…

  • Observer participation in the wake of COP26: the role of human rights law

    Observer participation in the wake of COP26: the role of human rights law

    By Nicola Sharman In the months leading up to COP26, the UK presidency repeatedly committed to make it the ‘most inclusive COP ever’. Yet this promise of inclusivity was far from delivered. Lack of representation of those most affected by climate change and exclusion of observers from negotiation rooms led many civil society groups to…

  • Keeping the “circus” in for a chance of a transparent and ambitious COP26

    Keeping the “circus” in for a chance of a transparent and ambitious COP26

    By Maria Alejandra Aguilar and Azul Schvartzman Open negotiations, observers and civil society are key to  the global climate agenda at the upcoming COP26. The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) process has two main pillars: consensus and transparency in decision making. The consensus part is well known to everyone who follows the…

  • BLOG: Climate Change and the Expansion of Airports in Court: are there any arguments at all?

    BLOG: Climate Change and the Expansion of Airports in Court: are there any arguments at all?

    A few Remarks on Unsuccessful Cases against Airport Expansions in Europe Author: Eva Balounová In recent years, national courts in Europe have dismissed climate change arguments against the expansion of airports in London, Vienna, and Prague. What were the reasons for the courts’ decisions and is there any room for future successful lawsuits? In this…