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UN climate talks set stage for humanity’s two most crucial years

Decisions made from now to 2020 will determine to what extent Earth remains habitable — The mood was more one of relief than triumph on Sunday when the world’s governments eventually found common ground at the UN climate talks in Katowice, Poland. This was not just because exhausted delegates were glad to go home after …

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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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Lead or sue? Pacific islands take twin tracks on climate change

Vanuatu becomes the first nation state to threaten oil majors with climate damages lawsuits, while the Marshall Islands submits updated climate plan to the UN — Pacific Island nations declared two world firsts on Thursday, as part of a “virtual climate summit”. Vanuatu is considering legal action against oil majors for climate damages, foreign minister …

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Climate lawyers to use UN 1.5°C report to sue governments

A major UN science report on global warming published Monday will bolster climate lawsuits, according to legal experts and those seeking redress for government inaction — The report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sets out the difference in severity of climate impacts between 1.5°C and 2°C. It also indicates what would be …

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