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Which countries have not ratified the Paris climate agreement

Nearly three years after it was agreed, more than a tenth of global emissions are generated in countries that have not formally adopted the deal — Liberia is about to join 178 other parties in ratifying the Paris Agreement, after its senate voted in June to approve the deal. The west African nation will soon …

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Greenpeace and GetUp launch campaign to kill national energy guarantee

Exclusive: Television ads in Victoria and Queensland aim to get state governments to veto Turnbull’s set piece policy — The Queensland and Victorian governments will be hit with a new television advertising campaign in an effort to persuade them to torpedo the national energy guarantee at a critical meeting in early August. The activist group …

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Ireland becomes world’s first country to divest from fossil fuels

Bill passed by parliament means more than €300m shares in coal, oil, peat and gas will be sold ‘as soon as practicable’ — The Republic of Ireland will become the world’s first country to sell off its investments in fossil fuel companies, after a bill was passed with all-party support in the lower house of …

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Permafrost and wetland emissions could cut 1.5°C carbon budget ‘by five years’

Emissions of CO2 and methane from wetlands and melting permafrost as the climate warms could cut the “carbon budget” for the Paris Agreement temperature limits by around five years, a new study says — These natural processes are “positive feedbacks” – so called because they release more greenhouse gases as global temperatures rise, thus reinforcing …

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Guest post: How use of land in pursuit of 1.5°C could impact biodiversity

Prof Pete Smith is professor of soils & global change at the University of Aberdeen and a coordinating lead author on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) forthcoming special report on climate change and land — Since the global-warming limits of “well below 2°C” and 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels were enshrined in the Paris …

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Analysis: ‘Global’ warming varies greatly depending where you live

As part of the Paris Agreement on climate change, the international community committed in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures to “well below” 2°C by the end of the 21st century and to “pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C” — However, these global temperature targets mask a lot of regional …

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Communicating climate change solutions to different sectors

Environmental advocates across the country promote different solutions to global warming to the public, relevant industries, and the government — (MANILA, Philippines) When solutions to address climate change are at the tip of our fingers, who’s responsible for communicating them? Different stakeholders discussed the importance of raising awareness on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and their effects on …

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Trade war would harm the environment, warns UN green chief

Donald Trump’s punitive tariffs and the reaction could undermine global cooperation and slow the transition to a sustainable world, says Erik Solheim — A global trade war would damage efforts to combat climate change, protect the environment and fight poverty, according to the UN’s environment chief. In recent weeks Donald Trump’s US has baited China …

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Scientists call for a Paris-style agreement to save life on Earth

Conservation scientists believe our current mass extinction crisis requires a far more ambitious agreement, in the style of the Paris Climate Accord. And they argue that the bill shouldn’t be handed just to nation states, but corporations too — Let’s be honest, the global community’s response to the rising evidence of mass extinction and ecological …

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‘Worrying trend’ in UK emission cuts beyond power and waste, says CCC

Progress in cutting greenhouse gas emissions from the power and waste sectors has “masked the failures in other areas”, says the government’s official climate advisors — The latest annual progress report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), published today, says the UK now faces a much tougher challenge to tackle these other sectors, in …

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