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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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China open to ‘uniform’ climate rules, sidestepping old allies

Shift comes as EU and China hastily draft proposals to break an impasse on the toughest issues at UN climate talks in Poland — China has signalled it is open to following “uniform” global climate change rules, shifting from its usual push for a clear division of responsibilities for rich and poor countries. The question …

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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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Pacific nations under climate threat urge Australia to abandon coal within 12 years

Frustrated leaders appeal to ‘all OECD countries’ to phase out use as Australia signals support for new plants — Pacific countries vulnerable to climate change have urged Australia to abandon coal power generation within 12 years, and to prohibit new coal plants or expansion of existing plants. The call from 15 small Pacific island states …

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australia is still on track to miss its paris target of a 26%-28% cut to carbon emissions on 2005 levels by 2030

Australia’s carbon emissions highest on record, data shows

If emissions continue at current rate, Australia will miss Paris target by 1.1bn tonnes, Ndevr Environmental predicts — Australia’s carbon emissions are again the highest on record, according to new data from the emissions-tracking organisation Ndevr Environmental. Ndevr replicates the federal government’s national greenhouse gas inventory (NGGI) quarterly reports but releases them months ahead of …

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Katowice brief: Poland takes control

“I’ve had four hours sleep in the last 72 hours,” said one negotiator as he walked into the UN climate plenary in Katowice, Poland on Tuesday evening — After two extra days of negotiations, which saw some groups debating through the night, “a lot remains unresolved”, one of the co-chairs of the UN talks Jo …

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Step up on climate or choose ‘immoral, suicidal’ path, says UN chief

Call by António Guterres was joined by Fiji’s prime minister, who said not succeeding on climate change would be “craven, irresponsible and selfish” — Governments face a choice between increasing their climate pledges or embarking on an “immoral” and “suicidal” path, UN secretary general António Guterres said on Wednesday. At a UN climate summit in …

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Saudi version of climate justice rejected by developing countries

Oil-rich country’s resistance to welcoming findings of science report on 1.5°C warming has marked it out from poorer countries — Competing visions of climate justice have alienated Saudi Arabia from other developing countries at UN climate talks in Poland. After a heated debate on Saturday night failed to adopt the conclusions of a scientific report …

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Labor won’t rule out using ‘accounting tricks’ to meet emissions reduction targets

Mark Butler says party will make decision on using carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol after Paris ‘rule book’ established — The shadow climate minister Mark Butler has not ruled out using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to help Labor meet its more ambitious emissions reduction targets in the event it wins the …

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Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge

EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister’s address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of reality — Australia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts. In Paris in …

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