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France lobbied EU to cut forests without counting climate impact

: Campaigners are calling on newly appointed environment minister Nicolas Hulot to reverse course and close carbon accounting loophole

Trump administration sued over climate change ‘censorship’

: NGO suit claims US agencies are illegally withholding information about the suppression of climate science in public communications

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

G20 must support good jobs in the low carbon transition

: Donald Trump’s unrealistic promise to put coal miners back to work shows why we need a positive strategy to create green jobs

Small-scale renewables cheapest for rural Africa, says Dutch report

: Africa’s quest for full access to electricity needs governments to support small, off-grid projects that are typically disregarded by investors

US manufacturers offshore pollution to developing countries

: Firms found to be improving their own environmental performance by moving more-polluting activities overseas, where regulations are more lax

Brazil’s pro-beef president Temer, betrayed by the industry he courted

: Even as he handed more and more power to an agricultural lobby that would strip the Amazon for pasture, Michel Temer was being double-crossed

Weekly wrap: Looking east from Bonn climate talks

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Climate talks end in call for solidarity, but real Trump test is to come

: A fortnight of climate talks in Bonn ran smoothly enough, but political tensions await Pacific island presidency at November summit

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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

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”

Trump warned leaving Paris accord risks bad deals at G7, G20

Delegates at Bonn climate talks warn of wider diplomatic repercussions if the US withdraws from the Paris climate deal

China’s plan to cut shipping emissions

With pollution from shipping killing 18,000 Chinese every year, the government is cracking down on the use of dangerous fuels in port

Have Chinese CO2 emissions really peaked?

We are really bad at predicting Chinese emissions. Why do we think we know what happens next?

This is China’s strongest statement yet on climate action

As President Trump rolls back climate policies and finance, China’s UN representative makes a detailed pitch for global leadership

Melting Arctic worsens Beijing’s pollution haze, study finds

Changing weather patterns make winter smog around China’s capital more likely, scientists warn, despite efforts to tackle air pollution at source

China floats split with EU over carbon trading

EXCLUSIVE: Government official tells Climate Home that carbon trading is “big challenge” for China: “We would like to use a different kind of economic instrument”


In focus: Green Climate Fund

Groundwater recharge offers hope to drought-hit Indian farmers

In Odisha, where late monsoons mean crop failures, poverty and even suicide, a novel scheme aims to boost water access

Green Climate Fund ‘a laughing stock’, say poor countries

It was hydropower dams in, community drought readiness out, amid rich-poor tensions at the UN’s flagship climate finance scheme

Rich countries oppose bid to drought-proof Ethiopian communities

Debate at Green Climate Fund board meeting in Songdo exposes rich-poor tensions over flagship initiative’s funding priorities

Large hydropower dams have no place in the Green Climate Fund

The UN’s flagship climate finance initiative should be driving innovation, not wasting money on old technology saddled with resilience and human rights concerns

Trump budget: US to stop funding UN climate process

“America First” budget would axe 20% of the UN’s climate body’s funding and $2bn to help developing countries deal with global warming

Climate fund, EPA likely to pay for huge Trump defence spend

As the US president announces a $54bn increase in defence spending, environmental agencies and UN climate funds face the axe

Obama sends $500m to UN climate fund

With the clock winding down on his presidency, Barack Obama signs over half a billion dollars to help poor countries fight climate change

7 tasks for the new Green Climate Fund chief

The new head of the UN’s green fund has a packed to-do list: here Climate Home outlines what he should focus on in his first year in charge

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