Climate targets and commitments

Temperature analysis shows UN goals ‘within reach’. Matt McGraw at BBC.

The oceans are absorbing more carbon than previously thought: the very surface of the ocean tends to be markedly cooler than the water at a few metres depth, resulting in a substantially larger net uptake than previously thought. Dr Jamie Shutler and Professor Andy Watson for World Economic Forum.

Bill Gates has released a plan for US leadership on climate change, including US$35 billion in funding. GatesNotes.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson set to declare one of the most ambitious targets yet to tackle climate change. Roger Harrbin at BBC

From the region

New Zealand declares a climate emergency and a commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025. Radio New Zealand.  Plus, as part of the push, New Zealand will require all its agencies and ministries to exclusively buy electric vehicles. Jason Walls at the New Zealand Herald.

The UK and the Philippines are partnering on climate, agreeing to share priorities. Priyanka Shrestha at Energy Live News.

Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has vowed to deliver a stimulus package focusing on green, digital innovation. Leika Kihara and Takaya Yamaguchi at Reuters.

In case you missed it

The Victiorian government is spending $100 million on renewable energy projects. State funding will be provided for the development of new tech that can fast-track renewable projects. Benjamin Preiss at The Age.

Tasmania declares itself 100 per cent powered by renewable electricity: ‘Tasmania had been reliant on supplementary supplies of gas generation, as well as imported supplies from coal-heavy Victoria. However, with the growth of wind power in the state, Tasmania reduced its reliance on the supplementary supplies of fossil fuel electricity, and can now meet all of its needs with renewable sources’. Renew Economy.

Aware Super nearly halves emissions by using ‘benchmarks that passively exclude the highest-emitting companies on global sharemarket indices including the ASX200’. James Fernyhough at the Australian Financial Review.

Canada introduces a bill to commit emissions reductions to law, including five year targets. Chloe Farand at Climate Change News.

The Denmark government has voted in favour of canceling the country’s next oil and gas licensing round, ‘effectively ending new oil and gas exploration in the North Sea’. Jillian Ambrose at The Guardian