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The Carbon Brief Profile: South Africa

In the fourth article in a series on how key emitters are responding to climate change, Carbon Brief looks at South Africa’s heavy dependence on coal and expanding effort to develop renewables — South Africa is the world’s 14th largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Its CO2 emissions are principally due to a heavy reliance …

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How the UN climate panel got to 1.5°C threshold – timeline

Five reports and an agreement: the IPCC has been raising the climate alarm for 30 years   1988 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is set up by the UN and the World Meteorological Organisation, bringing together the world’s leading climate scientists to assess knowledge of climate change and provide scientific advice to policymakers. 1990 …

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Little-noticed treaty could help delay climate catastrophe

2016 Kigali amendment on hydrofluorocarbons could reduce warming by a small but crucial 0.5°C — From the beginning of next year, a new global pact will take effect that could have a profound impact on climate change, cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions by amounts that could help stave off some of the worst impacts predicted …

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In-depth Q&A: The IPCC’s special report on climate change at 1.5°C

Earlier today in South Korea, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its long-awaited special report on 1.5°C — The IPCC is a body of scientists and economists – first convened by the United Nations (UN) in 1988 – which periodically produces summaries of the “scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future …

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UN lacks plan to help climate migrants, finds internal report

The UN needs a coordinated approach to assist people forced to move by floods, storms, drought and other impacts worsened by global warming, an expert panel has found — In a report released this week, the ‘task force on displacement’ called for better data collection and analysis on climate migration trends, and finance to help …

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It’s time to make polluters pay for climate damages

In the last few days as Hurricane Florence battered the east coast of the United States of America and Super Typhoon Mangkhut hit Philippines and China an important scientific breakthrough took place — Previously, scientists have taken weeks to assess the contribution of global warming to extreme weather events such as storms, droughts and heatwaves. …

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Bangkok climate talks: key outcomes on the Paris Agreement ‘rulebook’

Time is running short for countries to decide the practical details of how the Paris Agreement will be brought to life, known as the Paris “rulebook” — Negotiators meeting in Bangkok have just concluded another round of climate talks. The key aim was to whittle down a series of lengthy documents into a set of …

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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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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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Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

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