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Vulnerable countries show the way as world leaders pledge climate ambition

All eyes were on world leaders as the UN climate conference officially kicked into gear today in Paris. Faced with record numbers of people taking to the streets around the world to show their support for a renewable energy future, ...

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People out in force, Paris under pressure to deliver

From Dhaka to Tokyo, Geneva to Jakarta, citizens around the world made their voices heard today, and their message was clear: the fossil fuel age is over. On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, in over 2,300 events across 175 count...

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SPECIAL ALERT: From boots to suits: marches and meetings lead into Paris summit

The Global Climate Marches have commenced with over 60,000 people marching for action in Melbourne today – the largest climate event of its kind ever held in Australia. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of others around ...

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Climate advisors show self-sabotaging UK the way to get back on track

The UK must slash its greenhouse gas emissions by 61 per cent on 1990 levels by 2030 in order to stay on track with its binding target of 80 per cent cuts by 2050, the government’s independent climate advisor said today. In order to...

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Human costs of climate change highlighted ahead of Paris meetings

As climate talks in Paris approach, stakes are high for frontline communities with the most to lose. Yesterday, UNICEF reported that children will suffer the harshest impacts from rising temperatures. Their findings revealed that “o...

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Fossil investments looking increasingly toxic as smart money moves to renewables

New research warns that US$2.2 trillion of investors money could be at risk if fossil fuel companies continue to pursue high carbon projects. According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a “perfect storm” of factors – including...

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Fox in the hen house: polluters are bankrolling climate talks

As corporate anti-climate behaviour comes under increasing scrutiny from law-enforcers, media and public, a new report highlights the conflict of interest between the Paris climate summit’s aims and the polluting actions of the comp...

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Coal left friendless as UK and wealthy nations cut ties

It’s been another devastating week for coal. Today, the UK government became the first major economy in the world to put a date on its end of coal, following hot on the heels of an agreement by wealthy countries to limit financing f...

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G20 leaders miss major opportunity to be bold on climate

Less than two weeks out from the UN climate talks in Paris, G20 leaders, meeting in Turkey this week, missed a major opportunity to take a bold stand on climate change. While G20 leaders joined the world in reeling from Friday’s ter...

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G20 fossil fuel subsidies four times higher than renewables support – report

Despite their repeated pledges to phase out fossil fuel subsidies, G20 countries – which produce about three-quarters of global emissions collectively – are still pouring nearly four times more support into coal, oil and...

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Countries lack national plans to protect the health of citizens from climate change

A close look at countries’ preparedness for the health impacts of climate change shows there’s plenty of room for improvement. A survey from the World Federation of Public Health Associations measuring the preparedness of 35 nations...

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Countries find common ground on road through Paris

Amongst stark warnings that half a billion people are threatened by rising seas and more than one hundred million at risk of poverty, that greenhouse gas levels are at record highs and global temperature rise is set to hit 1DegC thi...

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IEA: World en route for renewable future but final stop not yet 2DegC

The national climate pledges currently on the table ahead of the UN climate talks represent a clear sign that the clean energy transition is underway, with renewables’ share of the global energy mix expected to hit a quarter by 2040...

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Exxon investigation: A warning shot for fossil fuel companies as climate lies unveiled

In the first concrete legal action against ExxonMobil’s web of climate lies, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has announced he will investigate whether the oil giant knowingly misled the public and investors about the dan...

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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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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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