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Feb. 15 2018 (Tuvalu) – Tuvalu’s PM keen for private sector to take bigger role in economic development and the fight on climate change.

Tuvalu’s premier, Enele Sopoaga, says he would like to see the private sector take a role in helping economic development and fighting climate change in his country. Tuvalu is considered one of the most threatened Pacific Island nations because of rising sea levels due to climate change. Mr Sopoaga told Pacific Trade and Invest that Tuvalu was working on many fronts to combat the effects of climate change. Read more.

12 February 2018 (UN Climate Change News) – Presidencies Outline the Talanoa Dialogue Process

The current and the upcoming presidencies of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23 and COP24) have outlined in a message issued on 8 February 2018 a unique process to prepare the world to take the next steps towards higher climate action. Called the Talanoa Dialogue, this will be an important international conversation in which countries and other key actors will check progress while seeking to increase global ambition to meet the goals of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Read more.

Feb. 4, 2018 (United Arab Emirates) – When Nothing Else Makes Sense, Renewables Do

Public-Private Dialogue at IRENA’s 8th Assembly highlights what governments and businesses can do to unlock investment in renewable energy. Read more

Feb. 4, 2018 (Canada) – Bill Gates’ plan to decarbonise the air by stripping CO2 from it and using it to produce carbon-neutral fuel.

The idea is grandiose yet simple: decarbonise the global economy by extracting global-warming carbon dioxide (CO2) straight from the air, using arrays of giant fans and patented chemical whizzery; and then use the gas to make clean, carbon-neutral synthetic diesel and petrol to drive the world’s ships, planes and trucks. Read more.

Feb. 2, 2018 (Belgium) – EU says no new trade deals with countries not in Paris Agreement

The European Commission (EC) has backed French calls to make trade deals with the world’s second biggest economy contingent on membership of the Paris climate agreement. Read more.

Feb. 2, 2018 (France) – France to Trump: ‘No Paris Agreement, no EU trade agreement’

There will be no trade deal between the EU and US if the Trump administration follows through with its threat to withdraw from the Paris climate deal, a French minister said on Thursday. Read more.

Feb. 1, 2018 (Sweden) – A plant for production of fossil-fuel free steel being piloted.

The leading Swedish steelmaker SSAB confirmed the company will be building the first fossil fuel-free steel plant. It will be powered by hydrogen. This new project, called HYBRIT, will use hydrogen produced with electricity from fossil-free sources. Read more.