There is growing consensus that the time to act on climate is now, and it is urgent. The study ‘Global risk of deadly heat’, released in June, warns that almost half of the world’s population will be exposed to deadly heatwaves by the end of the century based on current trends. The world’s poor are the most exposed. Christiana Figurers and others published ‘Three years to safeguard our climate’ calling on the G20 leaders to set targets in six sectors by 2020 to cut CO2 emissions faster. C40 Mayors, representing hundreds of millions of citizens, also launched a petition to save the planet before it is too late.
To achieve quick results with multiple benefits it is essential to also take fast action to reduce short-lived climate pollutants. The Climate and Clean Air Coalition is working on more actions to reduce black carbon (soot) and methane emissions from agriculture and municipal solid waste this year, and towards a fast ratification of the Kigali Amendment to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). We are building important partnerships with cities and the private sector. For example, this month’s collaboration with the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and city-based Formula E races, which will help speed up the transition to more efficient and safer electric mobility and soot-free urban transport. And we encourage more cities to join the BreatheLife campaign!
Helena Molin Valdes
Climate & Clean Air Coalition secretariat
The Democratic Republic of Congo joins the Coalition
The Coalition's 53rd country partner commits to reducing short-lived climate pollutants and to sharing its experience with the challenges of climate change and atmospheric pollution with developing countries
Formula E team up with UN Environment in race to improve inner-city air quality
The partnership will focus on raising awareness of the benefits of electric vehicles among younger generations and motorsport fans globally - educating future consumers and challenging major cities and governments to take action to tackle pollution.
Mongolia's XacBank looks to finance solutions to Ulaanbaatar's air pollution
The Coalition and the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management are conducting a feasibility study to help XacBank design a financial product that will enable families to purchase clean heating options.
Blog: Pray do not underestimate the methane question
Atmospheric physicist Prabir K. Patra explains the sources of growing methane emissions in South Asia and why policymakers should not overlook the importance of methane reductions that could make a great and quick impact on global warming.
Ozone awards 2017 - call for nominations
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Montreal Protocol, the Ozone Secretariat and the Government of Canada will host the Ozone Awards at the 29th Meeting of the Parties Montreal, Canada.
External news & mentions
Polluted environments kill 1.4 million in Europe annually; UN agencies urge stepped-up action
UN News Centre
QA with Alice Akinyi Kaudia: Tackling short-lived climate pollutants in Africa
Christiana Figueres: The Air Is Making Us Sick, But We Could Fix It
UNEP calls for implementation of policies supporting HFC phase-down
A New UN Project Reducing Health Risks of Lighting in Nigeria
Vides & webinars
Clean air, healthier life - event recording
Side event at the 6th Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health
Financing city waste management for urban economic development and climate mitigation
Side event at European Development Days 2017
Climate Finance Opportunities for Cities & Investors
Webinar hosted by the Coalition and Climate-KIC
Partnering to scale up climate action by countries in the agricultural sectors
6 July - Side event at the FAO Council 40th Session of the Conference, Rome, Italy
High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
10-19 July - New York, USA
39th Meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol
11-14 July - Bangkok, Thailand