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Eight EU countries signal openness to increased Paris climate pledge

: UK among signatories of call for greater ambition, one day after the EU climate chief said the bloc could raise its Paris commitment. Poland was notably absent

Graphics of Marshall Islands sea level rise ‘brought EU ministers to tears’

: Striking sea level rise images have sent shockwaves through the Marshallese community and touched European ministers, says minister David Paul

Climate Weekly: Cogs turn for ambition

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Eastern Europe turns to private sector as EU clean energy budget cut

: Czech officials warn the loss of EU structural funds and carbon market revenues leave a funding gap for renewable and energy efficiency projects

Why is the world’s newest development bank investing in coal despite its green promise?

: The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is backing a coal-fired cement works in Myanmar through an intermediary, in a worrying sign for its climate credentials

UK government refuses to commit to EU clean energy targets after Brexit

: The UK helped craft a deal on EU renewable and energy efficiency ambition but its participation after it leaves the union is uncertain

EU can increase 2030 pledge to Paris Agreement, says climate chief

: The EU should raise its Paris deal pledge to a 45% emissions cut by 2030, commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete tells ministers in Brussels

EU decides on non-binding 2030 energy efficiency target

: Deal between lawmakers and ministers will cut energy waste 32.5% and reduce reliance on fossil fuel imports, but didn’t go far enough for green groups

The ice beneath the EU-China climate bonhomie

: When it comes to clean technology, German chancellor Angela Merkel says China is no longer seen as a developing country but a competitor

Merkel: Auto and coal workers need to know what their next jobs are

: At a meeting of climate ministers in Berlin, the German chancellor stressed the importance of re-training to help people take part in a greener economy

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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

I’m Tory he’s Labour, the UK climate act shows what happens if we work together

When politicians from opposing sides look for solutions, on the basis of evidence and in the common interest, remarkable things can be achieved

Climate Home News is offering two African reporting fellowships

We are looking for two African journalists to report deeply on the effects of climate change and climate science on the continent’s development

Court cases will expose Big Oil’s hypocrisy on climate change

In court, oil majors say climate action is a matter for governments; outside it, they lobby against climate policies. They can’t have it both ways

US Republican mayors pursuing climate policies undercover

Study shows that while Republican mayors are unwilling to join climate coalitions, they and their voters favour action on emissions

US cities sue Big Oil, but ignore their own climate guilt

Rich cities and counties claiming reparations from oil companies increases the inequality at the heart of climate change. But it can be fixed

Climate Home News wins online media award

At a prestigious UK journalism awards ceremony, CHN was named best specialist or local news site of 2018, beating bigger rivals like BBC East of England

The UN Security Council is starting to take climate change seriously

The most powerful UN body is tentatively addressing the links between global warming and instability. It can and should do more, writes Ashley Murphy

We need bold action before 2020 to hold global warming below 1.5C

If rich countries fail to live up to their promises over the next two years, they condemn small islands to catastrophic warming impacts, says Maldives minister

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