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Cattle ranchers face heat as efforts to protect forests falter

: Annual index by Global Canopy Programme shows commodity suppliers are acting too slowly to meet high level sustainability goals

Trump, Gore talk climate change in New York meeting

: Democrat climate champion and Republican climate sceptic meet for unlikely chat as president-elect searches for ‘common ground’ on politically toxic issue

Fire bombs: Hobart lies in the path of climate disaster

: Around the world, communities are living obliviously close to climate-driven fire disaster. In the first in a series of reports, Karl Mathiesen visits Hobart, Tasmania

Did Marrakech climate talks deliver for world’s poorest?

: Lead envoy of Least Developed Countries bloc and chief advisor assess whether the COP22 talks last month offer hope dangerous warming will be stopped

EU to miss climate finance targets, warn auditors

: The EU is billions of euros below its climate target and there are insufficient checks on where much of the €1 trillion budget is going.

Fuzzy data poses problems for China carbon market

: Running an efficient carbon trading scheme is reliant on the supply of full and accurate data, which is often lacking in China’s secretive industrial sectors, warn analysts

Crib notes: Trump set to nominate environment chief

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Weekly wrap: EU steady on climate as Trump team takes shape

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Exxon CEO Tillerson mooted as Trump’s secretary of state

: Head of oil giant is latest candidate linked with Foggy Bottom post, while source says Ivanka Trump will be a “climate czar”

Climate change is testing southern Africa water agreements

: Stronger and fairer water agreements will be needed to prevent conflicts in southern Africa as the climate changes

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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

Fiji invites Trump to visit climate-hit Pacific islands

On the final day of climate talks in Marrakech, next year’s host appealed to the US president-elect for solidarity

China: The green dragon roars

Beijing limits on car registration boost electric vehicles

Subsidies and regulations make EVs an appealing option, but the charging infrastructure needs to keep up with demand

China prepares for world’s biggest carbon market

As Donald Trump’s victory plunges US climate action into uncertainty, China is going ahead with an ambitious policy

China minister confirms Beijing is not behind climate ‘hoax’

Asked by reporter if China is tweaking global warming fears, senior official urges critics to look at which US party set up UN climate science panel

Note to UK: China sees green economy as trade essential

Influential foreign ministry official emphasises importance of green economy for Beijing, says climate negotiations and free trade talks can generate global prosperity

Countries rely on carrot, not stick, to keep Trump in Paris Agreement

EU, Saudi chiefs dismiss the prospect of trade penalties to deter a US exit from the UN climate pact, focusing on the benefits of participation

German vice chancellor attacks China’s electric car targets

New proposals to set minimum quota for electric cars in China are “clearly discriminatory” toward German carmakers, says Sigmar Gabriel

China’s top envoy criticises Trump climate stance

Xie Zhenhua tells US presidential candidate a wise political leader conforms with global trends

Podesta email dump reveals tight US-China climate ties

Todd Stern and Xie Zhenhua were opposing climate envoys for nearly five years – but in the heat of international negotiations they forged a vital friendship

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In focus: Green Climate Fund

Why the UN’s Green Climate Fund is not fit for purpose

We need to recognise that adaptation to climate change is a new activity for which there is no real pre-existing “expertise” available – it’s time the GCF recognised this

Republicans plan multi-billion dollar climate budget raid

Under President Trump, the US is expected to halt cash for climate-friendly development, holding back international action

African climate plans in doubt amid slow aid flows

Delegates at COP22 in Marrakech warn they need faster cash flow to fulfill their contributions to the Paris Agreement

Africa’s “buyer’s remorse” over Paris climate deal

Some African governments are regretting the ambition of emissions targets submitted towards the Paris Agreement, say advisers

Green Climate Fund talks ‘hijacked’ by India-Pakistan conflict

After objections by the Indian representative, the Green Climate Fund has kept on hold a project to reduce the risk of glacial lake outburst floods in northern Pakistan

Rich nations on course to miss 2020 climate finance goal

Study by British and Australian administrations says wealthy nations likely to miss politically sensitive $100 billion goal, but flows will continue to rise

Saudi Arabia blasts Korean bank for “playing” with UN climate fund

“Either you are serious, or you are not,” says Saudi Green Climate Fund representative after Korea Exim pulled its application to the fund at the last moment

Australian selected as head of the Green Climate Fund

Howard Bamsey, a former climate envoy, will take on one of the most important and difficult jobs in the climate world

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