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Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions rise on deforestation spike

: Emissions increased 3.5% between 2014 and 2015, the latest independent analysis shows, while the economy shrank

Whiffs of sulphur: UN shipping talks face climate dilemma

: Historic pact to cut sulphur emissions from shipping sector hailed by green groups, but slow progress suggests a climate deal is a long way off

Carbon majors respond to climate and human rights inquiry

: Fossil fuel companies including Rio Tinto, Glencore and BHP Billiton defend their records from Philippines probe

German minister: we’ll burn coal till the 2040s

: Ministers say there’s little chance of Europe’s top economy switching off its coal plants for next two decades, despite raft of green policies

UK public support for fracking is collapsing

: Government survey shows fracking policy lacks support, while positive attitudes towards renewables remain high

UN climate body: no ‘Plan B’ if Trump is elected

: Republican victory would likely mean climate policy heads for the bin, but Patricia Espinosa says world will hold US to deal made in 2015

Paris Agreement needs time to deliver, says UN climate chief

: Patricia Espinosa oozes positivity over the pace of climate diplomacy, but admits making the UN’s new emission cutting deal work will be a hard grind

Why the Marrakech summit must deliver on climate finance

: Vulnerable countries urgently need predictable support, funding that will offer countless health, economic and development co-benefits of cleaner energy sources

Scientist calls for crackdown on methane gas leaks

: With the latest technology, there is no excuse for not tackling fugitive emissions from oil and gas extraction, says professor

Brazil forest clearance is rising in a recession – that’s worrying

: Latest data shows forest protection schemes are not enough to protect the Amazon rainforest, writes Natalie Unterstell

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Podesta email dump reveals tight US-China climate ties

Todd Stern and Xie Zhenhua were opposing climate envoys for nearly five years – but in the heat of international negotiations they forged a vital friendship

Reaction: US and China ratify Paris climate agreement

Leading civil society groups, Al Gore, Michael Bloomberg and UN leaders say formal approval by biggest polluters is a tipping point in climate fight

Paris climate agreement set to become law this year

Fifty-seven countries accounting for 59.88% of global emissions have now indicated they will sign agreement before end of 2016

Patricia Espinosa: Who is the UN’s incoming climate change chief?

Mexican diplomat is a team builder with a ruthless streak, say ministers who have worked with her

China: The green dragon roars

China cuts pollution at home, grows coal abroad

China cuts coal at home but state owned companies and banks drive new coal expansion overseas, despite promises of green growth for developing countries

Scientists “too frightened” to tell truth on climate impacts

Professor Peter Wadhams says peers are failing in their duty, and warns China is planning huge land grabs as warming hits crop production

US and China release fossil fuel subsidy peer reviews

With public assessment of each others’ $15.42bn and $8.2bn in subsidies, China and the US take a big step on transparency, but inch forward on reform

Atomic politics: UK mends China links with Hinkley deal

Choosing your power source should come down science and economics, but as the UK’s Hinkley saga shows it’s also a deeply political game

UK pitches China for climate-friendly finance trillions

London’s expertise places it in pole position to channel private finance to China, as superpower seeks to invest around $4 trillion a year in infratsructure

EU-sized coal fleet shelved since Paris climate deal

China and India are cracking down on excess projects, but remaining pipeline will still blow the 2C carbon budget, say analysts

China’s top ministries commit to green finance drive

Proposals to ensure China’s financial sector backs green projects gains influential support, though doubts over what can be classed as ‘green’ persist

G20 reaffirms climate commitments – but dodges deadlines

Leaders back rapid implementation of the Paris agreement and ramping up of green finance, but fail to set timeline for phase out of fossil fuel subsidies


In focus: Green Climate Fund

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

Saudi Arabia blasts Korean bank for “playing” with UN climate fund

“Either you are serious, or you are not,” says Saudi Green Climate Fund representative after Korea Exim pulled its application to the fund at the last moment

Australian selected as head of the Green Climate Fund

Howard Bamsey, a former climate envoy, will take on one of the most important and difficult jobs in the climate world

As the world hails Paris, Africa’s energy plans are stagnating

Despite bold promises of the UN’s first comprehensive global warming deal, African governments feel their demands for energy equity are being ignored

Green Climate Fund urged to blacklist coal-funding agencies

Export credit agencies are inappropriate partners for the Green Climate Fund, according to a letter signed by 92 NGOs

We’ve only just begun: more climate fights are coming

Luckily for the chances of avoiding global warming, the Paris climate deal isn’t the only game in town. Here’s a rundown of what else is cooking

Green Climate Fund asked for indigenous people’s rights policy

UN’s flagship climate bank must recognise positive benefits traditional communities offer forests and ecosystems, says civil society group

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