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Global tensions holding back climate change fight, says WEF

After extreme weather-related events, there is ‘need for international cooperation’ — Growing tension between the world’s major powers is the most urgent global risk and makes it harder to mobilise collective action to tackle climate change, according to a report prepared for next week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The WEF’s annual global risks …

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‘Momentum is growing’: reasons to be hopeful about the environment in 2019

As we reflect on a year of extreme weather and ominous climate talks, Guardian environment writer Fiona Harvey explains why 2019 could see some much-needed breakthroughs — Extreme weather hit the headlines throughout 2018, from the heatwave across much of the northern hemisphere, which saw unprecedented wildfires in Sweden, drought in the UK and devastating …

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People power must take on Trump’s climate suicide pact

The US administration, together with Russia and Saudi Arabia, is forming an axis of climate denial. It is down to grassroots movements to stop them — “Moivanna ny tolokandro” was the diagnosis of a single mother I met visiting a remote village in eastern Madagascar. It was the dawn of 2007, and the island-nation was …

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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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Climate change activists vow to step up protests around world

Campaigners say they will force governments to act after lack of progress at UN summit — Civil society groups have pledged growing international protests to drive rapid action on global warming after the UN climate summit in Poland. The summit agreed rules for implementing the 2015 Paris agreement, which aims to keep global warming as …

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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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‘We can move forward now’: UN climate talks take significant step

Delegates agree ‘rulebook’ for Paris goals, but key questions have been ignored or put off — They lacked the drama, excitement and eventual breakthrough that marked the Paris agreement of 2015, but this year’s UN climate talks produced important steps forward in putting the landmark accord into practice. After last-minute wrangling over wording, late on …

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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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Cutting emissions proves a sticking point at Poland climate talks

Slow progress on 2015 Paris agreement comes as scientists warn of need to get on track — Negotiators at the climate conference in Poland have inched closer to an outcome, as the official deadline for finishing a deal ran out. The conference was meant to approve a rulebook which would govern how nations put into …

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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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