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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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Climate change talks lead to renewed pledge to cut emissions

EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5°C — The EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5°C rise in global warming. The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific warnings, was …

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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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‘Brutal news’: global carbon emissions jump to all-time high in 2018

Rapid cuts needed to protect billions of people from rising emissions due to increase in use of cars and coal — Global carbon emissions will jump to a record high in 2018, according to a report, dashing hopes a plateau of recent years would be maintained. It means emissions are heading in the opposite direction …

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Save millions of lives by tackling climate change, says WHO

Global warming and fossil fuel pollution already killing many, UN climate summit told — Tackling climate change would save at least a million lives a year, the World Health Organization has told the UN climate summit in Poland, making it a moral imperative. Cutting fossil fuel burning not only slows global warming but slashes air …

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Students left hanging during Canberra trip to confront Morrison on climate change

Group rallies outside Parliament House after being told they needed to have a prearranged meeting organised — High school students from across Australia calling for emergency action on climate change have travelled to Canberra to confront the prime minister after he criticised them for skipping school to stage national strikes. Students from Scott Morrison’s southern …

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Rightwing taskforce secretly approves anti-environment resolutions

In Washington last week, Alec, a group that links lobbyists with state lawmakers, approved measures to boost Donald Trump’s pro-fossil fuel agenda — Inside a little-known bulwark of conservative state policy, in a hotel conference room in Washington DC, state lawmakers and corporate lobbyists last week voted for a slate of anti-environment measures. They approved …

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Tory MPs demand net-zero carbon emissions by 2050

Theresa May called on to commit to ambitious climate target — Fifty Conservative MPs have called on Theresa May to adopt an ambitious target of cutting carbon emissions to net zero before 2050, to show international leadership on climate change and protect British jobs. Former ministers Damian Green, Oliver Letwin and Anna Soubry are among …

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Polish government split over coal ahead of UN climate summit

Poland’s energy ministry has come out fighting for the coal sector, ahead of UN climate talks in Katowice next month — Krzysztof Tchórzewski’s ministry defended the country’s heavy reliance on the polluting fuel, in a statement published on Monday. In 2017, coal generated 78% of electricity. Yet a spokesperson for the Cop24 presidency, which sits …

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the matra power station is responsible for 14% of hungary's carbon emissions

Hungary wants end to coal power by 2030

Hungary is eyeing an end to coal-fired power generation by 2030, in a move that could shake the EU region most staunchly opposed to tougher climate change measures — Fast rising prices in the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) have pushed the government into talks with the owners of Hungary’s last big lignite power plant, …

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