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Big businesses are calling on governments to raise climate ambition

A group of multinationals brought carbon-cutting pledges and actions to Cop24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland; now policymakers need to play their part — In a part of Poland where local residents still have bags of coal delivered to heat their homes, the 2018 UN Climate Conference (Cop24) in Katowice saw countries agree to rules …

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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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Countries breathe life into the Paris climate agreement

At a summit in Katowice, Poland, nearly 200 governments agreed rules to put the historic pact into action, but failed to make strong push for faster emissions cuts — At a moment of deep global division, governments have made a deal on climate rules that was immediately hailed as a victory for multilateralism. The rules …

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smile after adopting the final agreement at the cop24 un climate change conference 2018 in katowice, poland

What was agreed at COP24 in Poland and why did it take so long

Fractious UN climate change talks ended with a deal on putting the Paris agreement into practice – but much else left unresolved — What was agreed at COP24? Countries settled on most of the tricky elements of the “rulebook” for putting the 2015 Paris agreement into practice. This includes how governments will measure, report on …

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cop24 president michal kurtyka and un climate chief patricia espinosa

‘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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campaigners urge delegates at cop24 climate talks to keep their commitment to the paris agreement

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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xie zhenhua, china's special climate representative and miguel arias cañete

China open to ‘uniform’ climate rules, sidestepping old allies

Shift comes as EU and China hastily draft proposals to break an impasse on the toughest issues at UN climate talks in Poland — China has signalled it is open to following “uniform” global climate change rules, shifting from its usual push for a clear division of responsibilities for rich and poor countries. The question …

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some countries are not agreeing to adequate transparency over their emissions

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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Katowice brief: Poland takes control

“I’ve had four hours sleep in the last 72 hours,” said one negotiator as he walked into the UN climate plenary in Katowice, Poland on Tuesday evening — After two extra days of negotiations, which saw some groups debating through the night, “a lot remains unresolved”, one of the co-chairs of the UN talks Jo …

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Step up on climate or choose ‘immoral, suicidal’ path, says UN chief

Call by António Guterres was joined by Fiji’s prime minister, who said not succeeding on climate change would be “craven, irresponsible and selfish” — Governments face a choice between increasing their climate pledges or embarking on an “immoral” and “suicidal” path, UN secretary general António Guterres said on Wednesday. At a UN climate summit in …

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