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Brazil: Bolsonaro threatens to quit Paris climate deal

: De facto presidential frontrunner says he would follow Donald Trump out of the international pact, drawing criticism from the UN’s environment chief

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

Climate Weekly: Brazil’s climate-denying dynasty

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South Australia to hit 100% renewable power by 2025 – market operator

: Contrary to federal government modelling, as old gas turbines switch off in the next decade, renewable electricity share will soar

China solar industry struggles through sudden subsidy cuts

: After years of breakneck growth, solar panel manufacturers are tightening their belts as the government slashes support

Brexit is a climate story – help us tell it

: Climate Home News hires a reporter with deep connections in Brussels and London to take on some of the most under-reported aspects of the divorce

Why are German coal workers so powerful, when there are so few?

: With Germany slipping from its position as a climate leader, an industry with just 20,000 jobs is dictating policy to the federal government

Climate Weekly: Who will rescue the Green Climate Fund?

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Crucial global climate fund facing ‘massive challenges’

: Political divisions between rich and poor countries make the board of the UN climate fund ‘extremely difficult to work with’, says green growth chief

China restarts coal plant construction after two-year freeze

: Satellite pictures show building work progressing as power demand picks up, but experts say there is still excess coal capacity

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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

Three ways the global business elite is underestimating clean energy

A Financial Times reader survey found most see climate change as important, but are conservative on how fast the global energy mix can shift

The excuses are wearing thin: Eastern Europe must tackle its climate impact

The Czech Republic overtook Germany in emissions per person three years ago; it is time to stop pleading poverty and start cleaning up the region’s pollution

New Chinese-led development banks missing the point on climate

Both less than five years old, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank and Brics Bank are failing to back sustainable development models

The fires ravaging parts of Europe show our forest policies are failing

The death toll in Greece and suffering right up to the Arctic Circle must prompt a move to sustainable and resilient forest management

Ecosystems across Australia are collapsing under climate change

The Great Barrier Reef has become a notorious victim of climate change. But it is not the only Australian ecosystem on the brink of collapse

Elon Musk’s disaster capitalism

The entreprenuer has made a habit of intervening in crises, particularly climate-related ones, but it’s a high wire act

Are we getting climate finance all wrong?

Long term thinking about climate change challenges widely held assumptions about how we spend money today

Fragile China-EU climate pact must be backed by action

Leaders overcame differences on climate. But in the EU-China relationship, trouble is never far away

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