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Can the international trade system be a catalyst for reforming fossil fuel subsidies (FFSs) to help relieve the burden on the public purse, reduce local and global air pollution, improve energy security and tackle climate change? 

A global survey of 50 companies found that 40% of hydropower operators see evidence of climate change already influencing their engineering and design measure to a large extent. Yet most hydropower facility investors and operators do not consider future climate conditions, nor do energy planners adequately assess climate change risks in power planning.
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.

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   

Publications

Phase-out 2020_Monitoring Europe's fossil fuel subsidies
Overseas Development Institute (ODI), Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe
Using credit lines to foster green lending_opportunities and challenges
I4CE – Institute for Climate Economics, Agence Française de Développement (AFD), Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Learning Products

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)

Projects

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