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In the scorching heat of South Asia, where the intensity of climate change is vividly felt, urgent action is needed to combat the unfolding crisis. Recentl,y IPCC scientist Roxy Knoll described the intense heat scorching the region as a “fying pan”. The recent Indian election turnout saw a decline, with voters enduring oppressive temperatures. This indifference towards climate concerns persists despite Deloitte India’s analysis revealing that climate ranks as the third most important issue for Gen Z voters.

Financial discussions at the IMF/World Bank Spring meeting and the G7 climate ministerial underscore the need for increased climate financing. However, the pledged funds fall short of the required $2.4 trillion annually by 2030 to meet climate targets in developing nations. The upcoming pledging summit for African leaders emphasizes the critical need for financial support to address global development challenges.

The G7’s commitment to deliver 1.5°C-aligned climate plans by late 2024/early 2025 offers a glimmer of hope. However, the urgency to phase out coal, a major contributor to emissions, remains a daunting task, especially with countries like Japan justifying continued coal usage under the guise of efficiency.

Looking ahead to COP29 and COP30, expectations are high for countries to submit ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) aligned with the 1.5°C target. However, challenges loom large, particularly in countries like Azerbaijan, where economic interests intersect with climate goals.

The impact of climate change extends beyond environmental concerns, as evidenced by the surge in dengue fever cases in Brazil. Climate litigation is on the rise globally, reflecting a growing recognition of the need for accountability and action. However, funding for nature conservation remains inadequate, highlighting the urgency for tangible financial commitments.

May’s hot dates

5 – Panama general elections 

14 – IEA Conference on Clean Cooking in Africa (Paris, France)  

15 – 1st IEA-COP29 High-Level Dialogue (Paris, France) 

19 – South Africa general elections 

21-22 – G20 Tax Symposium (Brasília) 

21-23 – IEA 9th Annual Global Conference on Energy Efficiency (Nairobi, Kenya)

21-24 – Global Supply Chain Forum (Bridgetown, Barbados)

23-25 – G7 – Finance Ministerial (Stresa, Italy)  

27-30 – Fourth International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS4) 

27-1 June – 77th World Health Assembly (Geneva, Switzerland)

In regional contexts, Africa showcases the potential for a transition to 100% renewable energy (KenyaRwanda and Tanzania’s energy transitions), while countries like Argentina grapple with conflicting priorities between economic recovery and environmental sustainability. Australia’s proposed clean energy transition plan and Canada’s sustainable jobs legislation offer glimpses of progress, albeit amid political challenges.

China’s role in the global clean energy landscape is under scrutiny, with tensions over trade and green overcapacity complicating the transition. Japan’s ambitious targets for its electricity mix signal progress, but concerns persist regarding alignment with international climate responsibilities.

Amidst these challenges, the urgency for global cooperation and innovative solutions has never been greater. As countries navigate the complex intersection of economic recovery and climate action, bold initiatives and decisive policies are imperative to secure a sustainable future for generations to come.