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France is lagging on 8 out of 9 climate targets, watchdog warns

: For all President Macron’s talk of “making our planet great again”, emissions are not falling fast enough in most sectors, according to an NGO scorecard

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

‘Major shift’: Nations face bottom-up pressure to act on climate change

: A California summit of business, city and state leaders ends with a call on national governments to increase their pledges to the Paris climate deal

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Call for climate justice as millions brace for intense storms

: Typhoon Mangkhut and Hurricane Florence are set to make landfall on opposite sides of the world, bringing destruction likely exacerbated by climate change

Let down by Trump on climate, China goes around him in California

: At the Four Seasons hotel in San Francisco, the superpower and the US state cut diplomatic deals that fly in the face of White House policy

UK offers green assurances for no-deal Brexit

: London says it will carry over EU emissions rules for cars, coolants and industrial plants even if it crashes out in March with no negotiated deal

EU pushes Poland to drive climate ambition as UN host

: As climate hosts, Poland will be charged with spurring greater efforts to cut emissions. The EU has some suggestions

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

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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

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

Withdrawn UN advert shows why carbon offset scheme should be scrapped

The Clean Development Mechanism has a weak environmental record and creates the illusion that high-carbon lifestyles are sustainable

We need all sectors of society to take climate action up a level

Business leaders, investors and civil society must contribute to bend the curve of carbon dioxide emissions by 2020 and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement

Kerala shows how floods are changing

Across the world, cities and communities are underprepared for the new flooding regime that climate change is ushering in

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

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