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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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MEPs to scrutinise ExxonMobil’s alleged role in climate change misinformation

Campaigners welcome move over claims firm knew of global warming dangers for decades — ExxonMobil’s alleged role in spreading misinformation about climate change will be scrutinised by the European Union for the first time, in a move welcomed by campaigners. The world’s biggest international oil company has been investigated in the US over allegations that …

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the two-week-long conference left questions about reducing greenhouse gas emissions

UN climate accord ‘inadequate’ and lacks urgency, experts warn

Agreement will fail to halt devastating rise in global temperature, say scientists — The world has been put on notice that its best efforts so far will fail to halt the devastation of climate change, as countries came to a partial agreement at UN talks that failed to match up to the challenges faced. Leading …

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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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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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China demands developed countries ‘pay their debts’ on climate change

Key sticking point at UN negotiations is how countries should account for their greenhouse gas emissions — China called on rich countries to “pay their debts” on climate change at global talks on Thursday, criticising developed countries for not doing enough to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide finance to help poor countries do the …

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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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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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the katowice talks are centred on raising countries’ level of ambition to counter climate change

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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Guest post: Ten charts show how the world is progressing on clean energy

Dr Iain Staffell is a senior lecturer in sustainable energy at Imperial College London’s Centre for Environmental Policy. He leads the Electric Insights project reporting interactive real-time and quarterly summary information on the UK’s electricity mix — Rapid progress towards clean energy is needed to meet the global ambition to limit warming to no more …

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