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Was the chaos in the Arab region instigated by the early impacts of climate change and the fight on dwindling life-support resources, or just aggravated by these factors? A proper analysis demands a comprehensive overview of the background.

Joëlle Noailly, Graduate Institute Geneva, discusses the role of small innovating cleantech firms in the future of renewable energy.

With a deal ratified from the recent Paris Climate Conference, attention now turns to the difficult task of actually achieving national emissions reduction targets.

The science is unequivocal that humans are the cause of global warming and major changes are already being observed in recent extreme events. There is alarming evidence that important tipping points, leading to irreversible changes in major ecosystems and the planetary climate system, may already have been reached or passed. The current global mean temperature is about 0.87°C above pre-industrial levels (NASA, 2015) and continuous to increase.

One of the most urgent challenges facing countries across the world today is how to achieve economic prosperity and development while also combating climate change.

Relevance to the SDGs

Following the inauguration of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13, the Paris Agreement pledges to keep temperature rise under 2°C and calls for global partnership in combating climate change through mitigation and adaptation measures.

Explore green growth resources related to SDG 13:

 

SDG 13.2
National Climate Plans
   SDG 13.a
   Green Climate Fund   

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International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

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Projects

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH
Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)
Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN)