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UNEP: Climate pledges an “historic step” towards decarbonisation, but emissions gap remains

The “unprecedented commitment” shown by nations in their UN climate pledges will reduce emissions significantly over the next 15 years, according to a new report out today from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Echoing the UNFCCC...

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Current weather a “window into the future”, consequences of warming oceans

As Yemen braces for a second storm in the wake of unprecedented Tropical Cyclone Chapala, which brought seven years worth of rain to the war-torn Middle Eastern nation in just two days, weather anomalies related to the ocean continu...

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Australian energy policy goes back to the future with renewables

Environment Minister Greg Hunt has revealed he will use his upcoming appearance at the Energy Conference in Shanghai to highlight the Turnbull Government’s renewed enthusiasm for clean energy. After overseeing a 31 per cent drop in ...

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Indonesian fires a “crime against humanity”, nature, and the global climate

A man-made firestorm of a magnitude not seen for 20 years continues to burn across Indonesia, putting the country on track to emit more carbon than the UK’s entire annual output, and pushing it up the list from the world’s sixth lar...

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Climate ‘Pinocchios’ in the spotlight as dirty lobbying exposed

As the full extent of companies’ decades-long attempts to distort the climate debate are unveiled, some of the world’s largest corporations are in the spotlight today as citizens get the chance to vote for those most guilty of block...

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UN: Climate ‘down-payments’ delivered, but must be built-upon in Paris

With less than four weeks until governments meet in Paris for the UN climate summit, new analysis from the UNFCCC shows climate pledges currently on the table could drive a substantial deceleration in emissions growth over the next ...

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Catholic leaders rally behind Pope for socially just climate breakthrough

Catholic leaders from around the world have called for a transformative breakthrough at this December’s UN climate conference in Paris, saying any deal must put “the common good ahead of national interests”. Based on Pope Francis...

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Mexico dodges the Hurricane Patricia bullet but extreme weather remains at large

As a massive swath of Mexico shifts into recovery mode after being slammed by the strongest hurricane in history, Texas and much of the southeast US are now preparing for more flooding thanks to the climate-fueled storm. Fresh data ...

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Finance biggest sticking point as UN climate deal takes shape

With one dangerous typhoon following hot on the heels of another, and records suggesting this year could be the warmest ever, negotiators met in Germany this week for the last round of talks before a new global climate agreement is ...

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Calls for fossil fuel companies to be cut out of climate negotiations

In a desperate bid to remain relevant in a world on the clean energy transition, the world’s largest polluters are peddling misleading fossil fuel demand scenarios, according to a new report from Carbon Tracker. Fossil companies hav...

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Faith leaders call for fossil free future as climate talks continue

As negotiators in Bonn continue to grapple with the draft text for December’s climate talks, faith leaders are, today, offering governments a timely reminder of just what is expected of them by their citizens. In a statement handed ...

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Philippines faces another super typhoon recovery as climate talks loom

For the fourth year in a row, a super typhoon has struck the Philippines in the lead up to a United Nations climate conference. In 2012 at the Doha UNFCCC meeting, chief negotiator for the Philippines, Naderev Saño, pleaded for agre...

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Hydrocarbon hypocrisy: Big oil calls for climate action as it undermines it

Oil and gas majors, beset by fading fortunes, increased competition from renewables, and the growing clean economic transition, are fighting for relevance ahead of the Paris climate talks. European fossil fuel companies including Sh...

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Draft climate agreement ready for ambition injection in Bonn

The dramatic and often tragic climate change related extreme weather, migration and ecosystem shifts that dominate the news seem far removed from the corridors and meeting rooms of Bonn. Yet the discussions that will take place in t...

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Environment minister approves mega coal mine six weeks before climate meeting

Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt today re-approved Indian coal giant Adani’s unbankable $16.5 billion Carmichael coal mine in Queensland’s Galilee Basin. With the original approval overturned following a court ruling that the ...

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Parents, grandparents and families demand climate action

Parents, grandparents and families from across the world are joining forces to demand strong climate change action in order to protect children and future generations. The Our Kids’ Climate coalition, which brings together groups re...

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Doctors call for action from front lines of climate change

Medical organisations from around the world have come together to call for meaningful and urgent action on climate change, saying unequivocal and increasingly severe climate impacts on human health makes a treaty agreed in Paris thi...

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NATO body warns strong climate deal needed to protect global security

Faced with the mounting security threat of climate change, senior representatives from NATO states are adding their voice to the growing call for action ahead of the UN climate talks in Paris this December. In a resolution set to be...

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Climate finance offer grows but critical gap remains

In the next few days, the world’s poorest countries could come a step closer to the US$100 billion a year promised by richer nations to help them adapt to and mitigate climate change. With the finance issue seen as crucial to reachi...

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Global shift away from coal ignored by lonely Turkey

As countries and investors worldwide pull the plug on coal, Turkey is doing its best to keep the most polluting fossil fuel in business. With plans to build 80 new coal power plants by 2023, and a UN climate pledge centred on a 116 ...

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