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Indian farmers mourn dead after debt crisis turns violent

: Six protesters were killed in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh in June. Meet the bereaved families driven to despair by erratic weather and a tough market

Climate Weekly: India’s farmers in crisis

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Volvo electric vehicle push reflects China’s leadership ambition

: Car giant’s move away from the internal combustion engine will fuel Chinese dominance in emerging clean technology

Indian solar sector wary of China as protectionist policy nears an end

: Indian solar manufacturers are likely to go bust when a World Trade Organization ruling kicks in later this year, experts say, increasing the dominance of Chinese imports

Fiji presidency must not fail climate change victims at “Pacific COP”

: Despite warm words about protecting the vulnerable, the island presidency of this year’s UN climate talks is showing no urgency on “loss and damage”

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam starts filling

: Farmers along the lower Nile have little information to guide them as upriver barrage threatens to compound the impacts of global warming

Brazil’s Temer extends amnesty to Amazon land-grabbers

: Embattled president is regularising illegally occupied land at knock-down prices, in a move environmentalists fear will lead to more deforestation

Norway, France urged to block DR Congo forestry project

: NGOs warn that a project supposed to reduce deforestation could have the opposite effect, opening up large areas to industrial logging

Latest news

The seven men who will decide US role in Paris climate deal

Donald Trump’s most powerful advisors are set to debate whether the US stays in the UN climate pact. Here’s what we know about their positions

Marrakech climate summit closes with final plea to Trump

As climate talks in Marrakech dragged into the late hours of Friday, leaders finally broke the silence over their fears of Donald Trump

COP22 headlines: what did Marrakech climate summit deliver?

An oasis of climate commitment in a desert of Trump panic, the UN talks made steady progress on putting the Paris Agreement into action

Marrakech climate summit marks start of new era

As Obama, Kerry and Ban Ki-moon head for the exit, it’s unclear if a new world order will place same emphasis on climate action

China: The green dragon roars

China signed African coal deal days before Xi low emissions pledge at G20

In the week China’s president called for development banks to support low emissions in poor countries, China Development Bank loaned $1.5bn to coal in South Africa

Calling China’s carbon market ‘ambitious’ shows how low the bar has fallen

China is planning the world’s biggest carbon market, but with little detail given for its design, praise for the scheme is premature

EU-China: New ‘climate leaders’ are also enamoured of fossil fuels

Gas imports to Europe from the US and massive future coal burning in China undermine the rhetoric of the world’s new self-proclaimed climate spearheads

EU-China climate statement is a manifesto for a new global order

The ten-page document affirms, in extraordinarily strong language, that the EU and China intend to make the US irrelevant

Leaked EU-China climate statement – in full

As Trump reportedly prepares to walk out of the Paris climate deal, the EU and China have prepared a statement that sets them up to replace the US as climate leaders

Kenya signs China deal for coal plant beside Unesco site

Government assessment contains “grossly insufficient detail” about impact on world heritage site, said campaigners, who fear deal will prejudice an ongoing legal case

India and China ‘on track to exceed Paris climate pledges’

Coal plant cancellations mean the world’s two largest countries are cutting emissions faster than predicted a year ago, outweighing the effect of US policy rollbacks

China’s Xi promises green ‘belt and road’ investment strategy

At summit with 29 government leaders in Beijing, China’s president Xi Jinping proposed an “international coalition for green development”


In focus: Green Climate Fund

UN climate fund criticised for accrediting growing list of private banks

Growing number of multinational banks becoming conduits for UN climate funds means money will not reach certain projects, NGOs warn

If US states are really ‘still in’ Paris, here’s what they need to do

The Paris accord isn’t only about cutting emissions, some states are already finding ways to meet climate finance commitments

Sick of waiting, poor countries prepare to fight climate change alone

Developing countries have been promised $100bn per year by 2020, with no sign of it arriving some are taking matters into their own hands

Cash begins trickling out of Green Climate Fund

After a barrage of criticism, the UN’s primary climate fund has released $5.2m to a handful of projects

Green Climate Fund urged to embrace development links

Adapting to the impacts of climate change goes hand-in-hand with wider development objectives for poor countries, NGOs tell UN flagship climate finance scheme

US cities and states back Paris deal but ignore climate finance

Several US states and cities have committed to cut emissions despite president Trump, but only Seattle remembered cash commitments to the developing world

Seattle pledges support for climate fund barred by Trump

Council resolution goes beyond backing emissions reductions, stepping up to honour the financial commitments made by the US

Poor world calls for climate finance to fill Trump void

US climate finance axe exposes poor communities worldwide, say negotiators and aid experts, putting pressure on other countries to step up

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