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EU climate laws undermined by Polish and Czech revolt, documents reveal

: As the world looks to the EU for leadership on climate, eastern states are diluting laws supposed to guide Europe toward its carbon reduction targets

‘Dirty lie’ of cheap fossil fuels must end, says German economist

: Ottmar Edenhofer said the low cost of carbon ignores the social, environmental and human health costs of burning coal, oil and gas

Brazil’s Temer urged to veto rollback of forest protections

: Nearly 600,000 hectares of land could lose protected status under a law approved by Congress, an area twice the size of the US’ Yosemite national park

Exxon shareholder rebellion gains momentum ahead of climate vote

: Major investors BlackRock and Vanguard could tip the balance and force oil firm to publicly divulge risk clean technology and regulations pose to its business

Conflict-hit Syrian hospital goes solar to save lives

: Medical charity UOSSM plans to roll out solar power to five more facilities, reducing reliance on diesel generators to keep incubators and other equipment running

G7 split as leaders issue climate statement without US

: US would not join other G7 leaders in support of climate action. President Donald Trump promised to make his decision on the Paris accord “next week”

Pope’s climate essay won’t convince Trump, it didn’t even work on Catholics

: Pope’s encyclical on climate change appealed to liberals, but conservative Catholics were driven away by the values it invoked

Climate Weekly: Trump meets the G7

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G7-backed insurance ‘too little, too late’ for Malawi drought, report finds

: Insurance scheme that took nine months to pay out after a state of emergency was declared contains major flaws, according to Action Aid report

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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

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

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


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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