Coalition of the Working - A blog from the CCAC

Author: Keith S. Collins, Communications Consultant, CCAC Secretariat Created: Monday, December 16, 2013 RssIcon
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By CCAC Admin on Sunday, December 14, 2014


Climate change cannot be solved without leadership from heads of government, without immediate mitigation of near-term warming, and without cutting short-lived climate pollutants to complement the UN climate agreement.

1. Climate change cannot be solved by ministers alone, but requires leadership from heads of government. 

By moving climate to the leader level over the past 18 months, President Obama changed the "climate" of the climate change negotiations. His effort started with his first meeting with President Xi of China in Sunnylands, California last June, where the two biggest climate polluters reached two agreements: the first to cooperate on threats from North Korea, the second to cooperate to reduce super greenhouse gases known as hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs. President Obama followed this up with other bilateral agreements on HFCs with President...
By CCAC Admin on Friday, October 17, 2014
The Secretary-General’s Climate Summit has put the global conversation on climate change right to where it belongs – centre stage.

The bold commitments made by governments, investment institutions, global corporations, indigenous peoples and civil society organizations clearly demonstrate that reaching a meaningful and impactful climate agreement in Paris 2015 is not elusive. It is tangible, doable and necessary.

Important actions are being taken all around the world; now we need to scale them up substantially, and back them with firm, binding commitments.

China pledged to take firm action, with Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli affirming that China would reduce the carbon intensity of its economy by 2020.

The United States voiced its support for an ambitious agreement that is commensurate with the scale of the challenge.

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By CCAC Admin on Friday, October 10, 2014
The meeting was chaired by the Swedish Environment Minister Lena Ek and United Nations Environment Programme Executive Director Achim Steiner. This was Minister Ek´s last meeting in CCAC, since her government lost in the Swedish parliamentary election a week before the meeting

The UN Climate Summit was an amazing phenomenon. Over 400,000 people marched through the city on Sunday September 21 to urge world leaders to take climate change seriously. Two days later some 100 Heads of State and Heads of Government met under Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's leadership to discuss the way forward and what steps can be taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a fossil-free society.

The opening of the meeting was engaging. "My job is to pretend,” said actor Leonardo Di Caprio to the world leaders, “but it is not your job. You cannot continue to pretend climate change does not exist." Al...
By CCAC Admin on Friday, October 10, 2014
As Chair of the CCAC Scientific Advisory Panel, I am writing this comment to address any misconception of the results of the recent Hodnebrog et al. study, published in Nature Communications, due to recent reporting by the Guardian.

Black carbon is a powerful climate forcer and air pollutant, and an important target for climate protection, public and ecological health, and sustainable development. However, a recent article by the Guardian titled “Climate Impact of Black Carbon Severely Overestimated,” has mischaracterized the results of the Hodnebrog study, calling into question the climate impact of this dangerous pollutant. The article’s conclusions were based on extremely selective reporting on the...
By CCAC Admin on Friday, September 19, 2014
In the Bangladeshi capital of Dhaka, home to 12 million people, less than half the garbage is formally collected. The rest is dumped in open spaces, particularly in slums.

The piles of rubbish create a stench, attract rodents and clog drains. Liquids leach into the groundwater. Often the trash is burned, creating thick smoke.

In Cali, Colombia, virtually all the waste is collected, and most goes into a sanitary landfill. Yet of the roughly 600,000 tonnes of material disposed of each year, only about 17 percent is recycled. Around half the recycling is done by informal waste-pickers, some of the city’s poorest and most vulnerable people.

Meanwhile in Stockholm, Sweden, less than 1 percent of trash goes to landfills. More than half is turned into energy – incinerated or used to produce biogas, which fuels city buses and garbage trucks. A third is recycled, and about one sixth is composted or anaerobically digested.

This is an exciting time for climate action. U.N....
By CCAC Admin on Tuesday, September 16, 2014
In early 2014 the Government of Bangladesh gave its brick kiln owners an ultimatum: Convert to clean, modern technologies for brick production by July or face tough legal action.

Brick kilns are one of the major sources of black carbon pollution in the world. In Bangladesh, black carbon from the nearly 7,000 kilns in the country was hurting pollination for the vast mango crop in the north, as well as the rice crop. It was harming human health. And it contributed to the climate change that has been raising average temperatures in the country, particularly over the last two decades. Kilns in Bangladesh produce some 20 billion bricks every year, but about 4,000 of the kilns used old and polluting technologies, and almost all used coal as a fuel.

Bangladesh’s stand against pollution from the brick kiln industry began with the personal commitment of one of the co-authors of this blog post, Anwar Hossain Manju, to do something about the problem.  He saw first-hand how pollution...
By CCAC Admin on Friday, September 12, 2014
OK, that's not literally a latte diesel-machiatto. But figuratively, you bet it is. Nearly everything you use or consume -- the coffee at your elbow, the table it's sitting on, the smart device you're reading this on, the eyeglasses you're wearing, the car you drove to get to the coffee shop -- was carried to you on a truck, and the chances are nearly 100 percent that that truck ran on diesel fuel. Some part of the price you paid for that stuff went to pay for the cost of that fuel, and not a small part, either: transportation accounts for on the order of 10 percent of the commercial cost of most products.

In a manner of speaking, that coffee, that smartphone, that table represent the diesel fuel that transported them -- as well as the climate pollutants and air pollutants released when that fuel was burned. The movement of freight by heavy-duty diesel vehicles produces about 20 percent of global emissions of black carbon, a climate pollutant second only in importance to carbon dioxide....
By CCAC Admin on Saturday, July 26, 2014
I am convinced that with an organized approach and a smart communications plan, any country can attack their short-lived climate pollutant challenges and make progress.

Here is how we in Cote d’Ivoire plan to do it:

First, we have established a legal framework with a steering committee to mirror, as much as possible, the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. With myself, two project assistants and a secretary, we intend to create and coordinate initiatives that exactly mirror the ten initiatives of the CCAC (such as agriculture, cookstoves, municipal solid waste, heavy-duty diesel, Support for National Action Planning (SNAP), etc.). Within this framework, these initiatives will report to a Coordination Unit, which will circulate all reports to the steering committee at the national level for political guidance and endorsement.

Next, we will implement a comprehensive communications plan, some elements of which are already in place. We have chosen five journalists...
By CCAC Admin on Friday, May 9, 2014
The Abu Dhabi Ascent, held May 4 and 5, was the first attempt by the UN Secretary-General to promote real and meaningful action by sector, not only to tackle climate change but to create political momentum for heads of state to come to an agreement on a path to avoid a catastrophic increase in earth’s temperature of 2 degrees Celsius. The world today has a better understanding of the urgency of the situation and the consequences of inaction.

Abu Dhabi reminded us that we also have the solutions at hand. Major action on SLCPs is one of those solutions, and if done right it can help avoid 0.5 C of temperature increase by 2050. We can do it, but we need strong leaders who can think globally and have long-term vision. The SG Climate Summit in September is the time to grab this opportunity, to tell the world that we have begun a new era, an era that can allow the atmosphere to heal, an era where living on this planet will be a pleasant adventure and not a scary one, where our children...
By CCAC Admin on Monday, February 17, 2014
No doubt we haven’t got it right over the years of climate talks. It is not too late, though, to begin. This laudable Coalition that so many of us are part of ­– I want to declare Nigeria's absolute and unconditional support. A Coalition of the Working! I am happy this Coalition is being driven by partners’ willingness to effect change for a cleaner world. We must consider ourselves fortunate to be part of a movement that is creating awareness that reducing short-lived climate pollutants is important not only to climate but also to development – to the environment, health and economic empowerment.

Nigeria is working on mainstreaming the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants, on curbing gas flaring and venting to tackle energy poverty, providing clean cooking to over 70 million Nigerians without clean cookstoves, and making our agriculture sector viable again. We in the government are replicating all the Coalition's initiatives as part of our National Action Plan, as well as...