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Obama’s climate legacy: a battle of attrition at home

: In the first of a three-part series, Climate Home looks at Barack Obama’s domestic record on one of his top priority issues

Global sea ice at lowest area ever recorded

: Scientists mystified by a sudden fall in sea ice around Antarctica, but said there was no evidence it was related to global warming

Saudi $50 billion clean power plan close to launch

: Minister says private sector will be encouraged to bid for major clean energy investment programmes as country moves to diversify economy

Germany ‘must halve coal power’ to meet 2030 climate target

: Report commissioned by the Federal Environment Agency recommends closing older plants rather than relying on the carbon price

Carbon sink larger than England found in Congo jungle

: A carbon sink as large as 20 years’ worth of US fossil fuel emissions has been identified in peatland in central Africa’s forests

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

Trump threatens UK climate science, PM May told

: Letter signed by 100 UK scientists says Republican plan to de-fund NASA would harm British interests

Crib notes: Jan 20, the inauguration of Donald J Trump

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Fiat, Renault, VW scams will hasten rise of electric car

: Emissions rigging scams are the “beginning of the end” of the diesel car, opening the door for electric vehicles

Weekly wrap: US may keep seat at climate table

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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

Weekly wrap: China cements low carbon plans

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How China is reinforcing its climate targets for 2020

This week’s hotly anticipated five-year plan for energy shows stronger ambition for shifting from coal to cleaner sources

Mapped: China’s $32 billion overseas clean energy splurge

Long known for its huge foreign investments in coal, oil and gas, Beijing is now starting to splash the cash on greener technologies

China to invest $361bn in clean power by 2020

Five-year plan sets country on path to get 15% of its energy from non-fossil sources by the end of the decade

The age of Xi: will China flex its climate muscles in 2017?

Beijing’s policies have seen China invest heavily in renewables and support the UN’s first major climate pact – but without US cover it will face new scrutiny this year

China reveals 2016 coal power crackdown

Beijing government says it is starting to cancel coal projects, but critics say country is wasting billions on polluting capacity it does not require

Rising middle class threatens China’s climate targets

China’s efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are being undermined by increased Western-style consumption habits among the urban rich

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


In focus: Green Climate Fund

Green Climate Fund misses 2016 target as US donation in doubt

Board celebrates approval of projects worth $1.3bn at meeting in Samoa, but falls short of $2.5bn goal and delays key policy decisions

Dear Green Climate Fund board, Samoa needs you to deliver

This week’s meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in the Samoan capital Apia – here the country’s ambassador to the UN outlines his hopes

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

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