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the climate change summit, known as cop24

US accused of obstructing talks at UN climate change summit

Vanuatu’s foreign minister says worst offenders on global warming are blocking progress — The United States and other high carbon dioxide-emitting developed countries are deliberately frustrating the UN climate summit in Katowice, Poland, Vanuatu’s foreign minister has said. His warning came as Pacific and Indian ocean states warned they faced annihilation if a global climate …

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Climate science on 1.5°C erased at UN talks as US and Saudis step in

In a moment of drama in Poland, countries closed ranks against a push by oil producers to water down recognition of the UN’s report on the impacts of 1.5°C warming — Four big oil and gas producers blocked UN climate talks from welcoming the most influential climate science report in years, as a meeting in …

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US and Russia ally with Saudi Arabia to water down climate pledge

Move shocks delegates at UN conference as ministers fly in for final week of climate talks — The US and Russia have thrown climate talks into disarray by allying with Saudi Arabia and Kuwait to water down approval of a landmark report on the need to keep global warming below 1.5°C. After a heated two-and-a-half-hour …

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Japan bids for top climate finance job, citing $1.5bn contribution

As the biggest donor to the Green Climate Fund, Japan said it had a ‘responsibility’ to ensure it is run well — Japan is making a play for one of the most politically critical jobs in international climate finance. The executive director vacancy at the Green Climate Fund has been openly advertised, with a 12 …

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Analysis: Which countries have sent the most delegates to COP24

On Sunday, the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP24) got underway in Katowice in Poland, bringing thousands of negotiators together for two weeks of intensive climate talks — COP24 is widely considered to be the most important UNFCCC (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change) international climate negotiations since the Paris COP in 2015. The …

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Brazil reneges on hosting UN climate talks under Bolsonaro presidency

Reversal comes two months after country agreed to host COP25 conference in 2019 – and one month after far-right climate sceptic won election — Brazil has abandoned plans to host crucial UN climate talks in 2019 amid growing signs of the anti-internationalism of the new government being formed by president-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The foreign ministry …

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Climate-heating greenhouse gases at record levels, says UN

Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are far above pre-industrial levels — The main greenhouse gas emissions driving climate change have all reached record levels, the UN’s meteorology experts have reported. Carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are now far above pre-industrial levels, with no sign of a reversal of the upward trend, a World …

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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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‘Greenwash’: oil giant under fire over plan to protect tropical forests

Campaigners say move by Norway’s Equinor is an excuse to keep drilling for fossil fuels — One of the world’s biggest oil companies is set to join the fight against deforestation in the tropics as part of its climate change efforts – but the the move has been branded a “greenwash” by campaigners. State-owned Norwegian …

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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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