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Daily Tck: Day three of the UN climate talks in Bonn

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  • Morocco announces its Paris contribution, becoming the first to put forward both conditional and unconditional offers
  • WRI launches report shows credible paths for governments to scale-up climate finance to $100 billion by 2020
  • Civil society groups back Africa Group plan to fast-track clean energy revolution 

Wednesday was another big day for climate action plans, with Morocco announcing its Paris contribution, putting forward two proposals for emissions reductions under the new climate agreement. The North African nation said it plans to reduce emissions at least 13% by 2030, unconditionally. Morocco also laid out a more ambitious goal – more than doubling its unconditional offer – if international partners can deliver on adequate amounts of long-promised climate finance. Morocco is the first of what we expect to be many developing countries putting forward both conditional and unconditional offers.

Whether or not developed countries deliver on their pledge to scale climate finance up to $100 billion annually by 2020 remains a significant concern for our partners and developing countries alike. New analysis from the World Resources Institute (WRI), also released Wednesday, demonstrates that credible and politically balanced paths do exist. The report shows that climate finance could even exceed the $100 billion goal – reaching $109 to $155 billion in 2020 under projections of low-medium growth.

Our partners sharpened their tools of attack against the big emitters falling short in their commitments. New analysis shows how far climate action plans offered by Canada and Japan fall behind their counterparts in the EU and US; and the number of premature deaths from air pollution that could be avoided, consumer dollars saved, and jobs that could be created by a faster transition to 100% renewable energy.

We’ve spent decades working to understand the impacts of failing to respond to the climate challenge, and those impacts are more real today than ever before. But developments in Bonn are transforming our understanding of the impacts of success. Morocco shows us that climate finance can unlock leaps in ambition, while WRI shows us how to find the money. By failing to act, laggards such as Japan and Canada are inadvertently shining light on the significant benefits of climate action – lives that could be saved, jobs that could be created – which they are missing out on.

We’ve spent decades working to understand the impacts of failing to respond to the climate challenge, and those impacts are more real today than ever before. But developments in Bonn are shifting our understanding of the impacts of success. Morocco shows us that climate finance can unlock leaps in ambition. WRI’s report shows us how to find the money. And by failing to act, laggards such as Japan and Canada are inadvertently shining light on the significant benefits of climate action that they’re missing out on – lives that could be saved and jobs that could be created.

Inside the World Conference Center, governments took part in technical expert meetings focused on policies and financial incentives that can help scale renewables – some of the same solutions that are detailed in WWF’s ‘closing the abyss’ report. A number of our partners also came out strongly supporting a proposal by the Africa Group to bolster near-term climate action with a new support system that could enable globally-funded feed-in tariffs, minigrid support and other incentives for renewable energy.

Meanwhile, progress on the architecture of the Paris deal remained difficult to read. Negotiators spent a significant portion of the first three days of talks on “mechanical streamlining;” working to identify any and every opportunity to shrink the draft agreement without digging into political issues.

News, links & useful grist that caught our eye

We just stumbled across this report from Senegal, where nearly a thousand people – including the country’s environmental minister – took to the streets of Dakar calling for climate action as part of last weekend’s global mobilization. The event was Senegal’s first major climate march. The calendar of big actions planned to pressure leaders in the lead-up to Paris is quickly filling up. The next major mobilization by our partners is set for this weekend outside the G7.

Continuing the push for climate action – Deutsche Bank’s Caio Koch-Weser and Unilever’s Paul Polman published an oped (in at least five G7 countries’ newspapers), making the business case for G7 leaders to signal their support for a global target of zero emissions by 2050.

ActionAid unveiled a new report warning that the difference between a ‘zero’ and ‘net-zero’ long-term goal could be spikes in global food prices and forced evictions of poor communities. They fear a net-zero goal could fuel demand for biofuels and bioenergy.

Resources

Scrutiny of G7 countries’ climate action plans will increase Thursday. The expert number-crunchers at Climate Action Tracker will release updated analysis on the G7 + EU Paris contributions in a press conference at 1200 CET.

At the same time, a number of our partners want your help in fueling a Twitterstorm to turn up the heat on Japan, Canada and Australia. Here’s a list of resources and suggested tweets.

From our Climate Trackers, Raquel Rosenberg looks at Brazil’s proposal for how the Paris agreement could deal with the differences between developed and developing countries. Federico Brocchieri reports on what cities can do for the Paris agreement. Look out for more blogs and news stories by Climate Trackers digging into the issues.

Climate Action Network International’s ECO Newsletter digs into Loss & Damage, renewable energy’s absence from the text and Germany’s dirty little secret.

Useful hashtags for tracking the negotiations in real-time are #SB42, #ADP2015, and  #UNFCCC. We’ll join the conversation on twitter via @tcktcktck and @adoptnegotiator.

IISD’s reporting service has high-resolution pictures from Day three inside the World Conference Center, and more to come throughout the next two weeks. They also have a detailed overview of Wednesday’s negotiations.

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