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Poland’s coal miners: ‘EU climate proposals terrify us’

: The host city of this December’s UN climate summit is keen to share a story of post-mining transformation, but the coal industry still holds sway

What does the Chinese public think about climate change?

: Ninety-four percent of the public think China should be in the Paris climate deal, although many don’t know exactly what that means

Edna Molewa, who fought for unity on climate change, dies aged 61

: South African environment minister, who made crucial interventions during the Paris climate conference, died on Saturday while still in office

Leaked: Draft UN declaration to ‘ensure decent future’ for fossil fuel workers

: Proposal by Polish climate presidency calls for a programme to monitor national efforts to protect communities impacted by climate action

Climate scientists reject ‘offensive’ claim of US, Saudi meddling in landmark report

: An article claiming a landmark report on the consequences of warming past 1.5C had been watered down at the behest of big polluters has been slammed by authors

Marshall Islands commit to going carbon-neutral by 2050

: First plan of its kind from an island nation says adopting new shipping technologies ‘could have ripple effects across the international sector’

Climate Weekly: G7 spotlights Canada’s climate dissonance

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UN lacks plan to help climate migrants, finds internal report

: Experts say drought, flooding and storms can force people from their homes and urged the UN chief to develop a system-wide strategy

Record evacuations cut Typhoon Mangkhut death toll, says UN

: Philippines learned life-saving lessons from 2013 Typhoon Haiyan as residents heeded warnings and fled their homes

Exxon, Chevron first US companies to join oil and gas climate alliance

: ExxonMobil, Chevron and Occidental Petroleum join ten other major fossil fuel producers that say they recognise the goals of the Paris climate deal

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Reclaiming coal

The US’ hidden methane problem

Unregulated, unnoticed coal mines across the US are leaking a potent greenhouse gas with the same greenhouse effect as 13 million cars

US agency calls for ban on controversial coal mine ‘self-bonds’

The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office is urging Congress to make coal mining companies pay for environmental clean-up and reduce the risk to taxpayers

Coal tycoon governor Jim Justice uses loophole to leave mines and workers idle

Companies owned by WV governor exploited a supposedly temporary status to defer environmental clean up and leave miners in limbo, in some cases for decades

What happens to the land after coal mines close?

Across the country, mining land has been reclaimed at low cost, leaving communities with few alternatives to rebuild their economies

Crackdown on coal mine ‘self-bonds’ stalls under Trump

Regulators have almost wiped out risky practice since 2015-16 wave of bankruptcies, but some coal companies still insure themselves

Obama official: Trump cuts will leave coal clean-up agency unable to function

The number of mine site inspections is falling and proposed budget cuts at the federal regulator will further erode oversight, a former top official warns

Why and how we investigated the coal industry’s clean-up funds

The Reclaiming Coal investigation involved six months of crunching data from state and federal agencies, coupled with travel across the country

Climate Conversation

Rich-poor cooperation crucial for Green Climate Fund, say chairs

At our next meeting, the board faces several challenges we must resolve in order to continue supporting climate action in the developing world

It’s time to make polluters pay for climate damages

As science linking storms like Hurricane Florence and Super Typhoon Mangkhut to climate change strengthens, so does the case for compensating victims

Even without the Trump administration, the US is upholding the Paris Agreement

States, cities and companies alone will put the US in touching distance of its climate goals, say governor Jerry Brown and UN special envoy Michael Bloomberg

Climate action is written in the stars

As business and civic leaders meet in California, they should look to the heavens for inspiration, writes New Zealand climate change minister James Shaw

Yvo de Boer: Heads of state must intervene to fix climate process

Former UN climate chief says trust underpinning global negotiations can only be restored at the highest political level

Rich countries cannot be allowed to buy their way out of climate change

Favouring market tools over real pollution cuts in the richest countries is a recipe for climate disaster

Three things this week’s Bangkok climate talks must get right

As talks resume in Thailand, experts outline the game plan for a deal on the rules of the Paris Agreement

Heavyweight help needed at the Green Climate Fund

The UN fund has struggled with governance and urgently needs to raise new money, here are two ideas that could help it recover

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