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EU foreign ministers back UN call to raise climate ambition

In a statement on Monday, the European Council said UN chief Antonio Guterres’ summit in September is “an essential opportunity” to ramp up national commitments — A special UN summit scheduled in New York this September will provide “an essential opportunity to mobilise political will to raise global ambition” on climate change, according to an …

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‘Imperialist’ citizenship idea sparks spat between Australia and Pacific islanders

Tuvalu PM rejects idea that islanders would exchange maritime rights for Australian citizenship, telling Canberra to focus on breaking its coal addiction — Tensions have flared up between Australia and its Pacific neighbours over the future – or lack of it – for small island states as sea levels rise. Australian former prime minister Kevin …

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Ireland’s democratic experiment lays the ground for stronger climate action

The Citizen’s Assembly could become a model for developing informed, fair and ambitious climate policy – if the government accepts its recommendations — Ireland’s struggle with climate change cuts to the heart of people’s daily lives and reflects the country’s revival after recession: more cars on the road and thriving cattle farms. That makes it …

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UK government backs campaign for recycling bases in Pakistan

Scheme will match donations to NGO up to £2m to help reduce ocean plastic pollution — A UK government-backed campaign to build recycling bases in Pakistan could raise millions of pounds to help reduce ocean and river plastic pollution. The British NGO Tearfund is working in the country to improve the collection and disposal of …

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Labor accuses Coalition of relying on ‘hope’ to meet Paris emissions targets

Government criticised for relying on carryover credits from Kyoto to meet Australia’s target — Labor senators have accused the government of relying on “hope” to meet Australia’s emissions targets under the Paris agreement during questions about the country’s progress toward its international climate commitments. In a tense exchange in a Senate estimates hearing on Monday, …

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Guest post: Land management ‘blind spots’ make 1.5C goal highly unlikely

Dr Calum Brown is a scientist at the Institute of Meteorology and Climate Research – Atmospheric Environmental Research (IMK-IFU), part of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany — The Paris Agreement represents a rare high point in international climate negotiations, with 195 signatories pledging to limit global average temperatures to 1.5°C or 2°C above …

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‘The Darling will die’: Scientists say mass fish kill due to over-extraction and drought

Australian Academy of Science panel says urgent steps needed to restore flows — A scientific panel investigating the causes of three mass fish deaths at the Menindee lakes has pointed the finger squarely at those managing the Murray-Darling river system, saying the lack of flows was caused by a combination of drought and over-extraction, leading …

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Climate protesters disrupt London fashion week by blocking roads

Extinction Rebellion calls for British Fashion Council to declare climate emergency — Protesters from the environmental action group Extinction Rebellion disrupted the third day of London fashion week, forming human blockades on roads around event venues to highlight the spiralling throwaway culture in the UK’s clothing market and to urge the British Fashion Council (BFC) …

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Sharp rise in methane levels threatens world climate targets

Experts warn that failure to act risks spike in global temperatures — Dramatic rises in atmospheric methane are threatening to derail plans to hold global temperature rises to 2°C, scientists have warned. In a paper published this month by the American Geophysical Union, researchers say sharp rises in levels of methane – which is a …

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‘If not us, who?’ Failure of representation drives youth climate strike

As a movement grows across the world, young people say they want politicians to protect their interests — It had been a day for grown-ups to show climate leadership. On a cold 25 January, Germany’s coal commission gathered at the federal ministry for economic affairs and energy in Berlin to decide the future of coal …

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