Three long, intense, learning-intensive days have passed. In addition to the phenomenal achievement of having passed a COP 26 Zoom City resolution by all Delegates, some Delegations stood out and won the Best Negotiator Award. Congratulations to: Canada, Russia, Algeria and Cuba! Continue reading Results: Best Negotiator Award
After the official final plenary session of this year’s COP26 CEMS MUNFCCC, the ZCCG is happy to announce that the Parties have agreed on an ambitious resolution which can be found below. Your ZCCG journalists have also collected and commented the most important points for you in the following. Continue reading COP26 successfully concluded in Zoom City!
Honorable Delegates, Please participate in the voting for the „Best Negotiator“ award for the COP26. You can do so here : https://forms.gle/kKMVjrTy4jZvPVxc7 Thank you! Continue reading Best Negotiator Award Voting: Vote now!
Once again, our satire branch has worked around the clock to make you smile. In order to light up your day after intense negotiations, enjoy the following memes! Continue reading Memes Of The Day #2
To ensure transparency, the ZCCG must report severe accusations that have been made against our journalist. Continue reading Severe accusations against our investigative journalist
What was expected to be a sprint ended up being a marathon. However, a historic agreement can be announced (to be confirmed by the whole COP)! Continue reading WG Adaptation: Consensus could be reached! GCF pledges will be increased to $200 billion by 2025
In the last Mitigation working group session before the final votes in the plenary this afternoon, steady progress can be reported. Productive negotiations seem to have taken place during the coffee break so that the last working group session is marked by many articles being voted on with 100% agreement. Overall, the topics aviation and shipping are less controversial than some other topics discussed concerning … Continue reading Increased inclination to come to a consensus
Tik tok tik tok – the clock is ticking and the final deadline in the plenary session is approaching. The ZCCG reports exclusively the underlying issues of WG 3 Adaptation Continue reading WG Adaptation: No final decisions taken (yet) on green climate financing
Where the first day of negotiations was filled with disagreements and heated discussions, the delegates seem to have come to agreements overnight. During the first working groups session of Saturday, even the controversial articles of REDD+ were agreed upon. The Russian Federation and the majority of parties were not able to convince the opposing parties to agree on including developed countries into the REDD+ program, … Continue reading Steady progress in Market Mechanism working group
Yesterday, ZCCG reported that Australia had been awarded the fossil of the day award. Today, Poland would be spearheading the race towards the fossil award if the award was awarded a second time. In the Mitigation working group, Poland has so far been unable to agree to a carbon neutrality target although all other countries supported a proposal that reads as follows: Developed countries pledge … Continue reading Poland as the Fossil of Day 2?
During the Zoom City Morning News, the ZCCG presented several facts and figures. The negotiations around the global climate financing and GCF seemed to be stuck. Nevertheless, the numbers discussed ($100bn vs. $300bn) are actually extremely low. We put these amounts into perspective. Continue reading Morning News: $100bn or even $300bn is not that much!
++ BREAKING NEWS ++ Heated debates are currently taking place in Working Group 1 on Mitigation. In these crucial final hours of the COP26, technical problems occured: The Working Chair screen was frozen just like a delegate from Russia. After having reported on a potential cyber attack on Senior Adviros Hiroshimo Fukuyama before the conference, this seems to be the second potential cyber attack. ZCCG … Continue reading Cyber attack on COP26?
What happened to our journalist Nick Huber? Is he okay? Continue reading #PrayForNick #PayForNick#NickIsSafe #PayForBenjamin
This morning’s Zoom City Climate News was interrupted by breaking news from Australia. A huge hydrogen power plant exploded in the Canberra area. Severe damage has been done to the area. Houses got destroyed, critical infrastructure got damaged and many lives were lost. Experts estimate the costs to exceed over 180 billion US dollar, an amount similar to the Fukushima catastrophe and double the amount … Continue reading Breaking news: Hydrogen explosion in Australia
Breaking news! Just minutes ago, a joint statement by USA, Russia, EU countries and Saudi Arabia was leaked to the ZCCG! Continue reading WG Adaptation: Historic alliance between the USA, Russia, EU countries and Saudi Arabia to resolve climate financing road block
On the first day of COP26, the most controversial topic for working group Market Mechanism has been the REDD+ initiative. The majority, led by delegates of the Russian Federation, aims to include developed countries into the program, which was originally intended to prevent deforestation in developing countries. However, delegates from countries such as the USA and Canada are opposing this proposition, stating REDD+ should remain … Continue reading REDD+ puts parties in stalemate
[Guest article] Our ZCCG subsidiary responsible for satire and humor has been very active during COP26. While journalists were busy drafting new written publications, our freelance satire reporter thought: Picture can tell more than 1000 words. Therefore, we invite all delegates to enjoy a laugh after a successful first day! Continue reading Memes of the Day – COP26 in a nutshell
The Mitigation working group started into the last session of Day 1 by agreeing on an article pledging for no new investments in coal from 2025 onwards, with a 50% decline in coal energy consumed by 2033-2036 and full phase out by 2049, however conditional to sufficient technical and financial support. IRENA welcomes this agreement. The USA seems to truly be back in the game … Continue reading Progress (but also ongoing controversies) in the last working group session of Day 1
The Fossil Of The Day Award has been announced. Similar to the Golden Rasperry Award (worst actor), the country which has been best at being the worst receives this deceitful Fossil award. Australia was awarded first, followed by the runner-ups USA and Canada. Continue reading Fossil Of the Day Award: Shame on you, Australia!
In their event, NGOs fought against the misinformation from the more powerful lobby groups. In an interactive quiz, they revealed that 38% of the delegates, who attended the NGO event, believed that nuclear energy and/or hydrogen were necessary for a 100% renewable energy transition. “This is not true,” the NGOs informed, “we can reach a 100% renewable energy transition without nuclear energy and hydrogen.” © … Continue reading NGOs Clarify: “Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Are Not Necessary for the Energy Transition – 98% of Today’s Hydrogen Not Green”
While the first Mitigation working group session started off with high aspirations, the second working group session proved highly difficult. As much as the distinguished delegates seemed to lean towards the 1.5°C goal in the first session, as much disagreement the parties exhibited when it comes to defining dates for peak emissions and coal phase out. After going back and forth over the same articles, … Continue reading Highly controversial debates on dates for peak emissions and coal phase out
After having published an exclusive interview with Felix Prinz earlier, we would also like to give the floor to the environmental NGOs present at this COP26: We strongly disagree with the distinguished delegate of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Hydrogen technology has not matured yet. It will take years, probably a decade, to mature the technology which will incur great financial costs, … Continue reading The environmental NGOs’ response to our exclusive interview with Felix Prinz, IOGP
Within the second session of the working group Adaptation, delegates fought over the distinction between ‘climate finance’ and ‘GCF’. An important clarification is necessary by the ZCCG! The GCF does not equal to 100bn climate financing! The difference is explained in this article. Continue reading Clarification needed: Vital distinction between “GCF” and “Climate Financing”
The first Adaptation WG meeting of COP26 is history. What can be concluded from these first 1.5 hours of discussion with a particular focus on technology development and transfer? Continue reading WG Adaptation: Solid start and high expectations for the afternoon session
The working group Market Mechanism has started off negotiations by discussing the REDD+ initiative, originally created to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. In a surprising turn of events, Russia proposed to extend the REDD+ beyond developing countries, to include developed countries that hold significant land mass consisting of forest. The delegate from Russia stated that forests are the lungs of … Continue reading Spending before receiving? REDD+ initiative creates discord among delegates
Will China, Turkey, Poland, and potentially Russia blow up the large international consensus on aiming for limiting global warming to 1.5°C? Continue reading 1.5 – 1.7 or 1.8°C? – The difference may seem tiny, the impacts may be tremendous
“Let’s make history together”, “There is no plan B” and “Mi casa es tu casa – if no action is taken, there is no casa for anyone!” are only some of many remarkable opening statements. In particular for the island states, negotiations are a matter of survival. Continue reading Breaking News: The Opening Statements Have Been Made!
Moreover: Two events will be hosted today up from 16:30 CEST: “Think green, think global” by the Alliance of NGOs and Irena, and the CCUS technologies/hydrogen event by the IOGP x IGU x WCA Alliance. In which event will the delegates mainly participate? Continue reading Carbon Capture and Green Hydrogen – salvation or evil?
Your favorite climate newspaper, the ZCCG, exclusively reached out to all eight distinguished working group (WG) chairs. We asked about their expectations and main goals for the upcoming WG1, WG2, WG3 and WG4 negotiations, which we herewith happily share. Continue reading An outlook on COP26: “What are your main goals and expectations, distinguished working group chairs?”
[Press release by the Governo Federal do Brasil. 14th May 2021] Jair Bolsonaro, President of the República Federativa do Brasil, warmly welcomes the Distinguished Delegates from all over the world to the COP26 MUNFCCC negotiations and recognizes the opportunity to – once again – limit the effects of climate change on people, economies and nature. The President expresses his regret that he is not able … Continue reading Brasil: Official statement by President Jair Bolsonaro
Exclusively for the ZCCG, Felix Prinz, the newly elected president of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, was available for an interview during COP26 in Zoom City. Progressive statements have been made. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Felix Prinz, IOGP: “We will do everything to support countries with green technology”
On the evening of May 13th 2021, delegates from all around the world arrived in Zoom City and familiarised themselves with the virtual conference premises for the upcoming two days. Despite many delegates having visited Zoom City before, the conference premises are special and even required a survival guide. Capable senior advisers guided the delegates smoothly through and were always available to help out with … Continue reading COP26 delegates welcomed by Zoom City
Breaking news before the start of COP26! Internal and external problems concerning the U.S. positions and pledges leaked. Continue reading Astonishing information leaked: “The U.S. negotiators and their proposals seem to be even worse than under the Trump administration”
As the CEMS UNFCCC conference is about to start and preparations are in full swing, an anonymous source leaked a scandalous piece of information to your distinguished journalists: UN Senior Advisor Hiroshimo Fukuyama was targeted by a cyber attack. It is still unclear how successful the attack has been, but it hints at the vulnerability of online conferencing. Will cyber attacks also occur during COP26 … Continue reading UN Senior Advisor Hiroshimo Fukuyama targeted by cyber attack
Zoom City Climate Gazette (ZCCG) is an independent investigative source of information for all participants of the CEMS MUNFCCC conference in Zoom City. ZCCG provides daily updates, breaking news and inside scoops during the negotiations. Meet the team (Nick Huber, Julia Loder, Anouk Wolters, Stefan Gahrens) by clicking on this article! Continue reading Meet the 2021 media team
Zoom City is proud to announce that it is hosting the CEMS UNFCCC for the second year! The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC, originally planned to take place in Glasgow, UK, in 2020 will take place from May 13-15, 2021 on the digital platform Zoom. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the COP Bureau decided to accept Zoom … Continue reading 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) – Zoom City