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Bangkok Bulletin: UN calls for more time

An early start has been called for climate talks in Poland in December, with negotiators facing a huge task to write the rules for the Paris deal — The UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa wrote to governments on Thursday to let them know that the Katowice COP24 would start a day earlier than scheduled – …

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Australia’s authority in Pacific ‘being eroded by refusal to address climate change’

Top climate scientist says leaders disenchanted with Australia’s promotion of coal and slowing down action on meeting Paris targets — Australia’s regional authority and influence is being eroded by its refusal to address the threat climate change poses to many of its Pacific neighbours, according to a pre-eminent climate scientist. As part of the Pacific …

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Australia tried to water down climate change resolution at Pacific Islands Forum

PM of Tuvalu said a country ‘starting with capital A’ wanted qualifications made to a communique on climate change and emissions — Australia attempted to water down a resolution on climate change agreed by country representatives at the Pacific Islands Forum, a leader attending the event has claimed. Pacific leaders issued the Boe declaration on …

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Rich countries cannot be allowed to buy their way out of climate change

This week’s UN climate negotiations in Bangkok begin four months of climate summits that could make 2018 the year that world governments chart a path toward tackling climate change — But if polluting countries and corporations are successful, ineffectual interventions – like carbon markets and geo-engineering – will become central to the global response to …

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Australia relationship with Pacific on climate change ‘dysfunctional’ and ‘abusive’

Palau’s climate change coordinator says Australia provides aid to region but on world stage undermines attempts to halt global warming — Australia’s relationship with the Pacific region on the issue of climate change has been described as “dysfunctional” and “abusive” – providing aid to the region to deal with the effects of global warming but …

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Australia signs declaration saying climate change ‘single greatest threat’ to Pacific

Leaders of Pacific Forum Island countries call on United States to return to Paris agreement on climate change — Climate change is the single greatest security threat to the Pacific, and all countries must meet their commitments under the Paris climate agreement, the 18 countries of the Pacific Islands Forum said on Wednesday. The first …

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In Bangkok, governments scramble to agree Paris climate rulebook

UN climate chief calls on nations to make decisive progress in last-chance talks in the Thai capital   — The UN’s climate chief called on negotiators to take a “decisive step” at talks on the global climate regime this week in Bangkok. After failing to make enough progress in Bonn in May, the summit is …

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Richard Di Natale: I will work with Labor to get action on climate change

Greens leader also targets new prime minister and Coalition who he says ‘don’t deserve to govern’ — The Greens leader Richard Di Natale will promise to work with a new Labor government to get action on climate change back on track. Di Natale makes the pledge in a landmark speech to be delivered on Monday …

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Australia will honour Paris climate agreement, Simon Birmingham says

Trade minister fails to name mechanism for emissions reduction as energy policy looms as key issue in Wentworth by election — The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, has claimed Australia will honour its Paris climate agreement commitments but failed to name a mechanism for emissions reduction in government policy. In the wake of the Coalition government …

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Planting a mix of tree species ‘could double’ forest carbon storage

Forests containing several tree species could store twice as much carbon as the average monoculture plantation, research finds — A study looking at the carbon storage of forests in southern China finds that each additional tree species introduced to a plantation could add 6% to its total carbon stocks. The findings suggest that afforestation programmes …

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