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Africa’s Great Green Wall is officially 4% – and unofficially 18% – complete

16 September, 2020
Natasha Vizcarra, Global Landscapes Forum

Now in its second decade, the ambitious African Union–led restoration initiative known as the Great Green Wall has brought close to 18 million hectares of land under restoration since 2007, according to a status report unveiled by the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) at a virtual meeting on Monday, 7 September.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
2

Deforestation in Brazil: It’s not just the Amazon

19 August, 2020
Adriana E. Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

The Cerrado, a tropical savannah region located in Central Brazil, is nearly half as large as the Amazon and a deforestation hotspot. Yet little attention is paid to this important biome. That has to change.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
South America
3

Are China’s New Silk Road Ambitions a Desert Mirage?

17 August, 2020
Will Marshall, Fair Observer

China’s Belt and Road Initiative projects may exacerbate the risk of climate-related instability across the Middle East in the long term.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Technology & Innovation

Region
Middle East & North Africa
4

A Green Sponge in the City – Nature-Based Solutions Benefiting Urban Planning

24 March, 2020
Kongjiang Yu, Urbanet

With cities continuously more threatened by climate change-induced disasters, urban planning’s reflex response is to protect cities against nature. But what if the solution lies in working with nature instead against it? Architect Kongjiang Yu invites readers to imagine what cities could look like if they took into account ancient wisdom on spatial planning.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Cities
Climate Change
Sustainable Transformation
Technology & Innovation

Region
Global Issues
Asia
5

Australia’s bushfires and climate change: A media analysis

08 January, 2020
Daisy Dunne, Josh Gabbatiss and Robert McSweeney, Carbon Brief

Australia is currently experiencing one of its worst bushfire seasons, with swathes of the southern and eastern coastal regions having been ablaze for weeks.  As the fires have spread, there has been extensive media coverage both nationally and internationally documenting – and debating – their impacts. This Carbon Brief overview summarises how the fires – and the political response to them – have been covered by the media.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Forests

Region
Oceania & Pacific
6

China’s geoengineering build-up poses geopolitical and security risks

05 December, 2019
Dhanasree Jayaram, MAHE
As China advances its geoengineering capabilities, the security and geopolitical risks associated with these techniques for South and Southeast Asia need to be addressed urgently—and climate diplomacy can help.
ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Technology & Innovation

Region
Asia
7

All Change and No Change: G20 Commitment on Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, Ten Years On

09 October, 2019
Laura Merrill and Franziska Funke, IISD

Ten years after committing to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, G20 countries still subsidise coal, oil and gas to the tune of around USD 150 billion annually. Peer review of fossil fuel subsidies help push the G20 forward on this issue, but these reviews need to be followed by action. Subsidy reforms could free up resources that could be channeled back into government programmes and on accelerating a clean energy transition.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Climate Change
Climate Diplomacy
Energy
Finance

Region
Global Issues
8

Forty years of tree-planting in China: successes and failures

06 September, 2019
Feng Hao, chinadialogue

In the Inner Mongolian county of Horinger, Northwestern China, afforestation efforts have transformed a barren, dusty landscape into a pine forest. Planting trees has diminished the sandstorms, boosted biodiversity and improved the environment generally. As the climate emergency worsens, the potential for planted trees to draw carbon out of the atmosphere is being re-examined. What can the world learn from the Chinese experience with afforestation?

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Forests

Region
Global Issues
Asia
9

Organized crime in the Amazon: Illegal mining hotspots

02 October, 2019
Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Igarapé Institute

A new form of organized crime has recently been emerging in the Amazon: illegal mining. Miners fell trees, use high-grade explosives for blasting soils and dredge riverbeds. But the impacts go beyond environmental damage, bringing with it a slew of other social problems. Peace researcher Adriana Abdenur urges policymakers to improve coordination and argues that diplomacy may help prevent further conflicts, corruption and crime.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Biodiversity & Livelihoods
Forests
Minerals & Mining

Region
Central America & Caribbean
10

China eyes Argentina in global nuclear roll out

12 June, 2019
Lili Pike and Fermin Koop, China Dialogue

Costs, emissions and safety are at stake as Argentina and China look set to seal a nuclear power deal. In the midst of economic and political uncertainty, Argentina has doubled down on a major Chinese nuclear power deal. The new nuclear plant in Buenos Aires province will help meet Argentina’s energy needs with the support of Chinese technology and finance.

ArticleClimate Diplomacy
Topic
Energy

Region
South America
Asia