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Australia’s silence during climate change debate shocks COP24 delegates

Country accused of tacitly supporting oil allies’ rejection of the latest science — As four of the world’s largest oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from “welcoming” a key scientific report on global warming, Australia’s silence during a key debate is being viewed as tacit support for the four oil allies: the US, …

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Largest ever group of global investors call for more action to meet Paris targets

The group of 414 institutional investors with $31 trillion under management say governments must take serious steps to cut emissions — The largest ever group of institutional investors has called on governments around the world to urgently increase their efforts to meet the Paris climate change agreement goals. The 414 global investors – which represent …

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COP24 video: How can the Paris Agreement stay on track in a world with Bolsonaro and Trump

Carbon Brief has been talking to a range of people attending COP24, the latest annual round of international climate negotiations being held this year in Katowice, Poland — The technical side of the talks have been dominated by negotiations aimed at finalising the Paris “rulebook”, the detailed guidelines needed to bring the Paris Agreement to …

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Climate science on 1.5°C erased at UN talks as US and Saudis step in

In a moment of drama in Poland, countries closed ranks against a push by oil producers to water down recognition of the UN’s report on the impacts of 1.5°C warming — Four big oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from welcoming the most influential climate science report in years, as a meeting in …

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Brazil to review Paris Agreement status, says Bolsonaro environment minister

Ricardo de Aquino Salles, a close ally of farming interests, was named as minister on Sunday, he said the conversation about global warming was ‘secondary’ — Brazil’s far right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro has picked a staunch ‘beef caucus’ ally to lead his environment department. Ricardo de Aquino Salles, a 43-year-old lawyer, recently won the backing …

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US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge

Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks — The US and Russia have thrown climate talks into disarray by allying with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to water down approval of a landmark report on the need to keep global warming below 1.5°C. After a heated two-and-a-half-hour …

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Airlines ignoring efficient planes in blow to carbon targets – study

TUI Airways comes top of 2018 Atmosfair Airline Index while Virgin Atlantic ranks 83rd — Airlines are failing to take up the most efficient planes in sufficient numbers to make a significant dent in their carbon dioxide emissions, a new study has found.   The most efficient new aircraft models, such as the Boeing 787-9 …

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UN climate finance rules ‘dragging’ amid fight over who reports what

Developing countries want to know how much aid is coming; rich countries worry about ‘constitutional constraints’, at Cop24 climate talks in Katowice — Financial aid for poor countries – and how it is counted, publicly reported and locked in for the future – is one of the biggest sticking points in global climate change negotiations. …

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Climate change made UK heatwave 30 times more likely – Met Office

Global warming is harming people’s lives and humanity will not be able to cope, say scientists — The sweltering heat that hit the UK this summer was made 30 times more likely by human-caused climate change, a Met Office analysis has found. Scientists said the research showed global warming was already harming people’s lives and …

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The ‘great dying’: rapid warming caused largest extinction event ever, report says

Up to 96% of all marine species and more than two-thirds of terrestrial species perished 252m years ago — Rapid global warming caused the largest extinction event in the Earth’s history, which wiped out the vast majority of marine and terrestrial animals on the planet, scientists have found. The mass extinction, known as the “great …

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