Tag: Mitigation

CMA – Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement

CMA is the short form for the group of the countries who have signed and ratified the Paris Agreement. The full name of this governing body is “Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Paris Agreement”. Meetings of this group are numbered and called “CMA1” etc. The first meeting of the …

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Negative emissions

Negative emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2) are high on the wish list of many. In short it is about taking greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere and getting rid of them, most often by burying them in the ground. The benefit would be the possibility to keep emitting climate hurting gases in …

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Biofuel

Ombeni Urio is a biofuel entrepreneur in Arusha, Tanzania. He runs a company which installs biogas systems. The systems consist of tanks into which animal or human waste is flushed, which then produces natural gas as it decomposes. The gas is then piped off and used for cooking fuel, and the residue waste becomes fertilizer for crops. Photo: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development (CC BY 2.0)

Biofuel is fuel made from organic material, normally plants in some form. Common biofuels are wood, ethanol and biogas. As the carbon in biofuels are part of the natural carbon cycle, the carbon dioxide emitted when biofuels are used doesn’t increase the greenhouse effect and global warming. Biofuels can however be problematic if farmland or …

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Mitigation

The difference between mitigation and adaptation (in the climate change context). Source: Locatelli & Pramova, Forests and synergies between adaptation and mitigation, weADAPT.

The meaning of Mitigation in the climate change context is the reduction of emissions of greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide (CO2). To mitigate the emissions from cars, fossil fuels like diesel could for example be replaced with renewable fuels like biogas. Mitigation is often paired with the word “Adaptation“. The difference between mitigation and adaptation is shown …

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Divest

Divest is a word meaning the opposite of invest, specifically about areas which are questionable from a climate perspective. To divest from something is not just to stop investing but to cancel the investment, as in taking back one’s money. The idea of divestment in the climate change context is to move money from fossil fuels …

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Fossil Free

Fossil Free is a campaign by US American organization 350.org asking institutions and companies to stop investing in fossil fuels. The campaign is run by various national and local groups, such as Fossil Free Sweden and Fossil Free Berlin. The asks of the campaign are: Immediately freeze any new investment in fossil fuel companies Divest …

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