48 countries act on climate change, to be 100% renewable by 2050

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Nearly 50 countries vulnerable to climate change have agreed to use only renewable energy by 2050.

The 48 members of the Climate Vulnerable Forum made the decision while attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco.

[url=http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/renewable-energy-target-climate-... low-income countries vow to use 100% renewable energy by 2050[/url]

The 48 claimte leaders are:

Afghanistan, Haïti, Philippines, Bangladesh, Honduras, Rwanda, Barbados, Kenya, Saint Lucia, Bhutan, Kiribati, Senegal, Burkina Faso, Madagascar, South Sudan, Cambodia, Malawi, Sri Lanka, Comoros, Maldives, Sudan, Costa Rica, Marshall Islands, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mongolia, Timor-Leste, Dominican Republic, Morocco, Tunisia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Tuvalu, Fiji, Niger, Vanuatu, Ghana, Palau, Viet Nam, Grenada, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, and Guatemala

... but not Canada. 


I'm not saying Canada is doing enough on climate, but in this case in 120 seconds I found...

The 48 members of Climate Vulnerable Forum who have agreed to the decision are:

From "Climate Vulnerable Forum" on Wikipedia:


Forty-three governments have participated in the CVF from key developing regions around the world.[25] In 2009, the following countries adopted its first declaration: Bangladesh, Barbados, Bhutan, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Maldives, Nepal, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Vietnam[26] Two years later, the following countries adopted its second declaration: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Kiribati, Madagascar, Maldives, Nepal, Philippines, Rwanda, Saint Lucia, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, and Vietnam.[21]

At the Third High Level Meeting of the CVF held during COP21 the membership of the Forum increased to include the following twenty-three new members: Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Fiji, Grenada, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Malawi, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Morocco, Niger, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Senegal, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tunisia and Yemen.

Observer states have included Australia, China, Denmark, the European Union, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Qatar, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

It was only a very quick search, so I could be wrong, but it appears that Canada is neither a member nor an observer of this particular forum. So it is not surprising they aren't part of the commitment.

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Indeed not. Not did I ever claim that Canada was a member. 

The claim: Canada calls itself a climate leader. Yet 48 much, much poorer countries are pledging concrete action to reduce emissions. Much wealtheir Canada lags behind those 48 on taking action. 


the title of the topic needs changing it reads 2015 not 2050.

i thought the thread was going to be on recriminations of not meeting 2015 targets.

Canada is not a low income country and would not factor into this group and their org structure but we should be there as observers.....


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Thanks quizzical. Can someone flag the first post so the mods can change date to 2050? I can't flag my own post and thread titles are not editable.


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Can someone flag the first post so the mods can change date to 2050?



Perhaps some Indigenous communities that are "low-income nations" could be sent to observe?

I don't know how they define "low-income countries"; some of those countries are much more relatively affluent than others. Tiny Grenada was hard-hit by Hurricane Ivan, but it certainly enjoys a much higher standard of living than Haiti, for example. It is definitely still a "global South" nation though, and a place the US felt entitled to invade...


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..canada is planning to contribute much more to the problem.


Grits pressured on Keystone

Carr signalled this week that even if Trump greenlights Keystone XL, the Liberals still want new Canadian pipeline capacity.

"Well, it doesn't get oil to export markets in Asia," Carr told reporters asking about KXL's revival, "and it's a goal of the government of Canada to expand its export markets."

"So there are a set of conditions that we will look at very carefully, but I think that if you listen to what the prime minister has said about moving our resources sustainably, the importance of responding to the demands within other export markets and not to rely solely on one major market, that that's a sensible approach to take and nothing has changed."


According to the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, the additional 590,000 barrels of oil per day carried by a bigger Trans Mountain pipeline would add upstream GHG emissions of between 14-17 million tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year.

To put those emissions in perspective, a report this week estimated the national floor price on carbon proposed by the prime minister will cut Canada's emissions by about 18 million tonnes a year when fully implemented in 2022.

"Canada is on a pathway to reduce domestic emissions and meet the 2030 targets domestically while also increasing the amount of fossil fuels it exports," Catherine Abreu of Climate Action Network Canada said in a release from Marrakech.

"This contradiction is not lost on the countries that are experiencing sea level rise, drought, increased storms and other climate impacts."


lagatta wrote:
Perhaps some Indigenous communities that are "low-income nations" could be sent to observe?...

an interesting proposal lagatta. hadn't thought along those lines. feel shitty i didn't.

now i have. i would say if we wanted to extend the debate and give recognition of status "low income Nations" here in Canada should join as full member nations.