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Analysis: How far would Germany’s 2038 coal phaseout breach Paris climate goals

The recommendation by Germany’s coal commission that the country end its use of the fossil fuel in power stations by 2038 could breach a Paris Agreement-compatible pathway by more than a billion tonnes of CO2, Carbon Brief analysis shows — If the German government adopts the recommendations, coal capacity would barely fall faster than a …

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Germany to quit coal by 2038, under commission proposal

After late-night talks, a dedicated commission has agreed a timetable to phase out coal burning in Europe’s largest economy — Germany will stop burning coal for electricity by 2038, under plans finalised by a commission in the small hours of Saturday. It is the first time Europe’s biggest economy, which gets 35% of its power …

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Last minute talks to set end date for German coal power

A leaked draft report from Germany’s coal commission leaves coal exit timetable open as talks head into final days — Germany’s detailed coal exit path and the end-date to coal-fired power generation remain unknown only days before a highly anticipated phase-out proposal is due to be published. A leaked draft of the final report of …

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Coal phase-out will increase German need for gas, says Merkel

Under pressure to block a gas pipeline from Russia and end coal power, the chancellor tied their fates together — German chancellor Angela Merkel linked the building of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to the fate of her country’s coal industry in comments on Wednesday. Germany faces criticism from EU partners and the US for …

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The ‘laughing matter’ of Australia’s relationship with the Pacific

The Fijian PM used the Australian leader’s visit to call out his promotion of fossil fuels, showing Scott Morrison is on the wrong side in the Pacific as well as at home — Australia and its Pacific Island neighbours are worlds apart when it comes to the urgency and response to climate change and this …

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EU reaches coal subsidy phase-out deal – with caveat for Poland

In late-night talks, negotiators agreed to end backdoor subsidies to coal generators, with some leeway for the most coal-dependent member state — European Union legislators reached agreement in the early hours of Wednesday (19 December) over a proposed reform of electricity market rules that includes a 2025 cut-off date for coal subsidies, and a special …

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EU coal subsidy phase-out ‘completely inconsistent with Paris deal’

Stay of execution for coal subsidies has been heavily criticised by climate analysts —  An EU deal to slowly phase out coal subsidies is “completely inconsistent” with the bloc’s Paris climate agreement commitments, analysts say. Marathon negotiations ended early on Wednesday with a benchmark CO2 emissions standard of 550 grams per kWh for all European power plants …

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Katowice brief: China’s compromise

At least one red line was blurred on Thursday — China signalled that it was open to applying “uniform” climate change rules across developing and developed countries. It marked a clear shift towards the EU and US’ big ask – for a system that gives poorer countries time to comply with the rules, with a …

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Can Poland wean itself off coal

Climate experts say the renaissance can be stopped but change must happen now – and the main obstacle is at the top — Displays of coal jewellery and coal soap, coal in a glass walkway beneath your feet, coal in the air that you breathe … the Polish hosts of this week’s UN climate talks …

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Sydney and Melbourne vow to ditch coal power

Australian cities joined global alliance to end coal-fired power, while the federal government proposes using taxpayer cash to underwrite new plants — The cities of Sydney and Melbourne committed themselves to phasing out coal on Thursday, in a move at odds with the Australia’s aggressively pro-coal national government. The country’s two largest cities joined an …

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