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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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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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UK bids to host 2020 UN climate change summit

Chile and Costa Rica thought to be considering alternative bids after Brazil withdrew offer — Britain is bidding to host the UN climate change conference in 2020, the biggest since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015, as part of the government’s aim to be seen as a green leader. The conference will mark 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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Saudi version of climate justice rejected by developing countries

Oil-rich country’s resistance to welcoming findings of science report on 1.5°C warming has marked it out from poorer countries — Competing visions of climate justice have alienated Saudi Arabia from other developing countries at UN climate talks in Poland. After a heated debate on Saturday night failed to adopt the conclusions of a scientific report …

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Labor won’t rule out using ‘accounting tricks’ to meet emissions reduction targets

Mark Butler says party will make decision on using carryover credits from the Kyoto protocol after Paris ‘rule book’ established — The shadow climate minister Mark Butler has not ruled out using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to help Labor meet its more ambitious emissions reduction targets in the event it wins the …

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Australia turns back on allies as it refuses to cut emissions above Paris pledge

EU and 27 countries vow to toughen commitments as environment minister’s address at COP24 UN climate change summit accused of flying in face of reality — Australia will not commit to larger carbon emissions reductions above its Paris agreement target, despite a coalition of former allies and Pacific neighbours urging greater cuts. In Paris in …

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Climate change talks lead to renewed pledge to cut emissions

EU, Canada, New Zealand and developing countries to keep global warming below 1.5°C — The EU and scores of developing countries have pledged to toughen their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to enable the world to stay within a 1.5°C rise in global warming. The promise, which follows increasingly dire scientific warnings, was …

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Australia likely to use controversial Kyoto loophole to meet Paris agreement

New Zealand urges others not to meet emissions pledge with ‘dodgy accounting’, but UN rules unlikely to prohibit using carryover credits — Australia appears likely be allowed to exploit a controversial climate loophole, using carryover carbon credits from the Kyoto protocol to meet its Paris agreement targets. New Zealand has already ruled out using the …

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Indigenous peoples gain foothold in climate talks

At China’s request, the deal for indigenous and local input makes clear it will not infringe on state sovereignty — Indigenous peoples clinched a deal in Poland that will give them a voice in global climate change negotiations, but only after conceding to a push to put national sovereignty above their rights. During the first …

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