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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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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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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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The Talanoa Dialogue explained

A Pacific concept transported to Cop24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland, the talanoa aims to galvanise increased ambition from countries — Empathy is one of diplomacy’s best weapons. That was the thinking when the Fijian presidency of the 2017 UN climate talks proposed to bring together governments and civil society through the unconventional platform of …

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UNEP: Limiting warming to 1.5°C requires ‘fivefold’ increase in climate commitments

The world is far from being on track to meet its climate targets unless emission-reduction commitments are dramatically expanded, according to the latest UN Environment Programme (UNEP) emissions gap report — The report suggests that existing nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement are not sufficient. It adds that emission reductions from climate pledges …

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Strong rules for Paris deal can spur global climate action

Two major objectives for the upcoming UN climate conference in Katowice, Poland, are strengthening climate ambition and adopting the Paris “rulebook”. What is too often overlooked is the intimate connection between the two — The most obvious measure of climate ambition is the level of effort in countries’ nationally determined contributions (NDCs) under the Paris …

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Q&A: How ‘integrated assessment models’ are used to study climate change

Working out the best ways to tackle climate change is one of the key challenges facing policymakers both today and in the decades ahead — To inform these decisions, scientists and economists have developed a suite of tools known as “integrated assessment models” (IAMs). These models are used to answer central questions about climate change, …

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EU pushes Poland to drive climate ambition as UN host

One of the big question marks over Poland’s climate talks this December is to what extent the conference will also be European — A letter sent from Austria’s EU council presidency to the Polish organisers on Friday, shared with Climate Home News, gives an indication of how the EU hopes to progress its agenda when …

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How the Paris Agreement can take on fossil fuel supply

The UN deal doesn’t mention coal, oil or gas, but it can still be used to limit their extraction — The idea governments and industry need to limit the extraction of fossil fuels to avoid dangerous global warming is starting to move from the fringe to the mainstream of climate change policy-making. Over the past …

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