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Seven member states push for EU to raise climate targets

: Germany, France and Sweden are among the countries advocating a faster transition to a clean economy, in a critical year for strengthening ambition

China reshuffle brings ‘challenges’ for national carbon market: senior official

: Many more staff need training on the emissions trading system as climate policy moves to a new, enlarged environment ministry, says director Li Gao

Trump and Macron plant a tree in DC, but disagree on climate change

: On a state visit to the US, French president Macron brought a green gift but showed no sign of convincing Trump to reconsider his rejection of the Paris Agreement

Three quarters of EU climate finance goes to middle income countries: report

: The Act Alliance is calling on the EU to direct more climate finance to the most vulnerable, after finding Turkey and Ukraine were the biggest beneficiaries

Commonwealth leaders express ‘grave concern’ about climate change impacts

: Without urgent action, global warming could push 100 million people into poverty by 2030, warns coalition of developed and vulnerable countries

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Hurricane-hit Barbudans protest to save communal land from developers

: Outside a Commonwealth summit in London, islanders demand their Antiguan prime minister, who called them ‘imbeciles’, reveal how aid money has been spent

UK will legislate net-zero carbon emissions target, says minister

: Britain will legislate new emissions targets and order a review on bringing them in line with the Paris Agreement, minister Claire Perry announced

UK Labour supports call for ‘climate damages tax’ on oil companies

: Those responsible for climate change should pay a greater share, said UK shadow climate minister, as Vanuatu lobbies Commonwealth to support tax

Commonwealth heads meet in London amid claims of climate inequality

: The UK emits as much as 18 of its former colonies, a report finds, and, along with Australia and Canada, isn’t doing its fair share to cut carbon

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Reclaiming coal

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

Reclaiming coal: US mines’ clean-up cash – all our data

All of our data on the US coal industry’s reclamation bonds, compiled nationally and published here for the first time

Climate Conversation

We need long-term strategies to meet the challenge of climate change

The Paris Agreement sets a vision to transform the global economy; now it is time for countries to draw their roadmaps for the coming decades to make it reality

The shipping sector has the technology to go green, it just needs the policy signal

The International Maritime Organization should build on growing industry awareness and agree an ambitious climate target for shipping this week

Will the IMO deliver the climate deal of 2018?

As a key meeting kicks off in London, the hopes of climate hawks are pinned on the shipping industry finally setting course for reform after years in the doldrums

10 years of success, but the UK climate change act needs an upgrade

The pioneering piece of legislation has helped bring emissions down, but the challenges of the Paris Agreement require more ambition from the government

Climate change victims need money to survive, not words

There is an opportunity in May to help people hit hardest by climate change; governments must take it

Germany’s new government deal fails the Paris climate accord test

It’s three steps forward and four back as Angela Merkel resumes government in coalition with the social democrats

Why are the world’s climate funds ignoring coral reefs?

Vital marine ecosystems are threatened by ocean warming and acidification, yet get a tiny fraction of climate finance, E3G research shows

Can one billion people in informal settlements be protected from climate change?

Those living in city slums unrecognised by law must not be forgotten as local governments try to adapt to a warmer world

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