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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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Trump rolls back climate change rule that restricted new coal plants

EPA says change to require efficiency efforts instead of carbon capture will encourage ‘clean coal’ in the US and worldwide — The Trump administration is rolling back a climate change regulation that restricted new coal plants. The change is mostly symbolic – but nevertheless sends a strong signal. Companies in the US are not building …

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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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Trump’s disbelief won’t stop dangerous climate change

Republican platform is not only at odds with science but potentially US voters in 2020 — “I don’t believe it,” said Donald Trump when asked about the fourth national climate assessment, authored by 13 government agencies and hundreds of the US’s top climate scientists. His administration had tried to hide the report, publishing it on …

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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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China urged to lead way in efforts to save life on Earth

Delegates at UN biodiversity conference turn to Beijing to avoid point of no return — China must play a leading role if the world is to draw up a new and more effective strategy to halt the collapse of life on Earth, according to senior delegates at the close of this week’s UN biodiversity conference. …

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Global food system is broken, say world’s science academies

Radical overhaul in farming and consumption, with less meat eating, needed to avoid hunger and climate catastrophe — The global food system is broken, leaving billions of people either underfed or overweight and driving the planet towards climate catastrophe, according to 130 national academies of science and medicine across the world. Providing a healthy, affordable, …

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In-depth Q&A: The UK Climate Projections 2018

At the Science Museum on Monday, environment secretary Michael Gove launched the latest set of climate change projections for the UK — Produced by the Met Office Hadley Centre, the UK Climate Projections 2018 – or “UKCP18” – is the “most comprehensive picture yet of how the climate could change” in the UK. It includes …

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Brazil reneges on hosting UN climate talks under Bolsonaro presidency

Reversal comes two months after country agreed to host COP25 conference in 2019 – and one month after far-right climate sceptic won election — Brazil has abandoned plans to host crucial UN climate talks in 2019 amid growing signs of the anti-internationalism of the new government being formed by president-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The foreign ministry …

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a report on climate change predicted that allowing climate pollution to continue to rise would result in $118bn in damages to coastal property

How limiting greenhouse gases would substantially benefit the US economy

In part two of our series on the climate report Trump tried to bury over Thanksgiving, we look at its arguments for lowering emissions — The Trump administration published a major report on climate change the day after Thanksgiving. We will explore the key findings each day this week. Donald Trump doesn’t believe his own …

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