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Germany to miss 2020 climate target, government concedes in official report

A draft document seen by Climate Home News and due to be released on Wednesday shows Germany missing its 2020 emissions goal by 8 percentage points — Germany will miss its 2020 climate target, the government is to acknowledge in a report due for release on Wednesday. A draft of the 2017 Climate Protection Report …

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World can ‘safely’ store billions of tonnes of CO2 underground

Storing billions of tonnes of CO2 underground would be a “safe and effective” way to help limit the effects of climate change, a new study says — The research suggests that large amounts of CO2 could be stored under the ground or sea with only a small risk of surface leakage in the following 10,000 …

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Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, …

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Giant African baobab trees die suddenly after thousands of years

Demise of nine out of 13 of the ancient landmarks linked to climate change by researchers — Some of Africa’s oldest and biggest baobab trees have abruptly died, wholly or in part, in the past decade, according to researchers. The trees, aged between 1,100 and 2,500 years and in some cases as wide as a …

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Brussels criticised for delays in banning toxic chemicals

European commission’s inaction is putting people’s health at risk, law firm says — People’s health is being put at risk by Brussels’ slow response to the use of dangerous chemicals, according to a report. A study by ClientEarth, an environmental law organisation, found that in nine out of 10 cases the European commission’s decision to …

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EU closes in on clean energy package, with Spain, Italy joining push for higher targets

The EU is near agreement on measures to put its 2030 climate target into action, with a meeting of energy ministers on Monday swinging towards more ambition — New governments in southern Europe have pushed the needle of EU clean energy talks toward ambition. EU energy ministers meeting in Luxembourg on Monday debated a package …

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Guest post: Climate change could heighten risk of global food production ‘shocks’

Michelle Tigchelaar is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Washington, currently investigating the impacts of climate change on global food security — The 1972-74 food price crisis is the stuff of policy legend. At a time when grain prices had been declining for decades, the global price of wheat tripled in the space of …

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Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

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Guest post: Seven key things to know about ‘negative emissions’

Prof Jan Minx is head of the applied sustainability science working group at the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (MCC) and Priestley Chair of climate change and public policy at the University of Leeds; Dr Sabine Fuss is head of the sustainable resource management and global change working group at the …

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