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Trump denies saying climate change was Chinese hoax (he did)

: After Clinton criticises Trump for calling climate change a Chinese hoax, Republican candidate says “I did not say that”. But his Twitter account reveals otherwise

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

Will Obama’s climate security play engage Republicans?

: Conservatives may be inclined to trust the military, but decades of polarised debate make them sceptical of global warming threats

Poland threatens EU plan to ratify UN climate deal

: As the EU races to ratify the climate treaty before the next UN climate meeting in November, Poland pushes for concessions on coal

Why did Modi decide to ratify the Paris climate deal?

: Muddled leadership and a poor negotiating strategy have dominated India’s path towards ratifying the Paris deal. Now comes the hard part: an energy policy

EU urges global support for UN aviation climate plan

: Leading airlines, US, China and EU all support plans for new UN aviation emissions deal, but green groups say it’s far to weak to limit 1.5C or 2C of warming

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

Don’t blame the solar cycle for global warming

: New research confirms that increased greenhouse gas levels − rather than solar radiation impacts − are the key factor in global climate change

The cost of inaction: who will fund loss and damage?

: The UN climate regime still lacks an official definition of loss and damage and funding streams remain limited – which means it’s time to get innovative

Crib notes: India to ratify Paris climate deal on 2 October

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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

Fabius: EU failure to rapidly ratify Paris Agreement ‘damaging’

French former president of UN summit warns of negative consequences if Brussels does not formally join deal before it enters into force

China: The green dragon roars

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

EU, US, China confirm support for aviation climate deal

G20 backs airline emissions pact, but green groups say voluntary nature of proposals undermine climate integrity

US, China ratify Paris climate agreement together

Observers laud cooperation between world’s two biggest carbon polluters as “a pivotal moment for our planet” as G20 gathers in Hangzhou

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In focus: Green Climate Fund

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

Green Climate Fund to target ‘high risk’ investments

Projects in Africa and Asia set to benefit as GCF sets out stall to be top clean energy and resilience lender to developing countries

Green Climate Fund: 8 questions for the board

The honeymoon is over, pressure is mounting. As the GCF board prepares to meet Climate Home looks at the key issues they need to resolve

Green Climate Fund partners condemned for fossil fuel funding

Study highlights billions channelled towards oil, coal and gas from 2013-2015, support campaigners say is ‘deeply at odds’ with Paris climate deal

Green Climate Fund has more money than projects

Developing countries urged to deliver proposals for clean energy and climate adaptation projects as GCF aims to distribute $2.5 billion in 2016

Climate finance must be based on science

Development banks can learn from corporations when it comes to getting bang for their green buck

How the Maldives are putting climate funds to work

As leaders meet in New York to sign the Paris climate deal, a water project is helping remote islands handle drought risk

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