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Why India’s waste pickers are key to a fair climate deal

Low-carbon measures could increase urban poverty if a clean transition is not carefully managed, research from IIED suggests

Catch 22: when climate change *prevents* migration

Research shows those hit hardest by climate change can’t afford to move, supporting the call for more and better adaptation

Fire bombs: why is the Mediterranean burning?

Huge fires, once rare in southern Europe, have ripped through communities from Greece to Portugal. The third and final part of our series investigates why

Fire bombs: British Columbia prepares for infernos

The second part of our series on vulnerable communities finds BC taking radical action in the face of a pile up of fire threats. Can it move fast enough?

Fire bombs: Hobart lies in the path of climate disaster

Around the world, communities are living obliviously close to climate-driven fire disaster. In the first in a series of reports, Karl Mathiesen visits Hobart, Tasmania

Mayors signal desire to fight climate change at city level

As fears mount over future of US climate policy global coalition of cities announces new leadership and plans to clean up energy and transport emissions

Beijing limits on car registration boost electric vehicles

Subsidies and regulations make EVs an appealing option, but the charging infrastructure needs to keep up with demand

Six bright ideas lighting up Africa from the grassroots

It’s as much about the business model as the technology: here’s how innovators are making a big difference with small-scale solar

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Time for cities to get a seat at global climate talks?

As the world continues to warm, cities are housing ever greater numbers − yet they have no voice in climate talks

Indigenous leaders call on Canada’s Trudeau to uphold Paris deal

Keystone XL oil pipeline and Site C hydropower dam are a test of the government’s commitment to indigenous rights, say objectors

Former US slave nation heads to Marrakech climate summit

“It means so much to our community for me to get there and have our story be a part of this finally,” says Queen Quet of the Gullah-Geechee nation

Habitat III: what to expect from the UN’s urban summit

It only takes place every 20 years and does not bind participating governments to anything, but Habitat III can help shape greener, cleaner cities

In pictures: the energy poor of Africa’s biggest slum

Kibera is a maze of dangerous wiring, as people without clean or safe energy resort to illegal grid connections

London calling: Figueres dives back into climate after UN bid

Architect of Paris climate deal plans to mobilise green finance with city mayors, bankers and philanthropists

Can Christian groups heal bitter US climate rift?

If those motivated more by faith than science joined those motivated more by science than faith, climate deniers could be crowded out of the public discourse

Palm oil: bad news for forests, and your liver

Documentary maker Michael Dorgan ate three muffins made with palm oil each day. Much of the fat he gained was clustered around his vital organs

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