Climate politics

Weekly wrap: who controls Africa’s clean energy destiny?

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UK foreign office cut climate staff in half under Tory government

Labour says the 46% reduction in foreign office climate jobs since it was in power is “staggering” and a sign the government is not serious about the issue

Weekly wrap: Coal-free Britain and US indecision

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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

EPA boss: US should exit Paris climate agreement

“It’s a bad deal for America,” said Scott Pruitt, adding he had told counterparts in Germany and Canada that he would not risk the US economy to comply with Paris

Weekly wrap: Carmichael curveball and subsidy-free offshore wind

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G7 fails to agree Paris climate statement as US turns spoiler

All G7 nations, except the US, expressed support for the Paris climate accord, but the Trump administration did back an end to fossil fuel subsidies

Weekly wrap: the fraught politics of climate finance

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UN Climate Talks

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

UN climate chief bites tongue after Trump de-funding threat

As Congress mulls cutting the US’ €4 million annual contribution to climate talks, top official Patricia Espinosa is “watching these developments with interest”

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

Climate veterans say Trump budget undermines global cooperation

China and India experts say cuts challenge progress on emissions, while an architect of the Paris climate deal criticises the US for not being “truthful” to its commitments

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

Marshall Islands become first nation to ratify global HFC treaty

President hails Kigali deal as “good for our people, the planet, and the profits of those that follow in our footsteps”

World is well placed to stay under 2C – if we have carbon capture

“We are broadly in the right starting position to keep warming below 2C,” but most models require carbon capture to meet the Paris goal, researchers say

Contested NOAA paper had no influence on Paris climate deal

Envoys from US, EU, Russia and South Africa reject claims that one piece of research in June 2015 shaped flagship UN climate pact

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COP21 Paris 2015

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

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

‘Critical mass’ to support UN climate change deal

India, Canada and Mexico among countries set for early approval of Paris Agreement, in boost for climate action

Early entry: Approving the Paris climate deal in 2016 makes sense

Could the Paris Agreement set a new record for the number of countries signing up on the first day?

Paris climate change pact to come into effect ‘by 2018’

NEWS: UN’s outgoing climate chief says late change to text means agreement could be enforced well before 2020, raising hopes world can avoid dangerous climate change

COP21

COP20 Lima 2014

Winners and losers at the UN’s Lima climate talks

ANALYSIS: No one country can leave Peru saying it got everything it wanted, but the building blocks of a global deal remain in place

US-China chat broke impasse at Lima climate talks

NEWS: Warming relationship between superpowers key as countries work towards global emissions deal in 2015

Lima Call for Climate Action – what was decided?

BRIEFING: Details on key agreements reached at the UN’s COP20 climate change conference in Peru

Nine lessons from the Lima climate talks

BLOG: Latin American cities are choking to death, that US-China emissions pact didn’t solve everything and other nuggets from COP20

Late deal in Lima saves UN climate talks from collapse

UPDATED: Hopes for 2015 agreement to slow global warming remain alive after dramatic late deal in Peru

UN climate talks face “major breakdown” warns Todd Stern

NEWS: Lead US negotiator says time running out for deal in Lima, major divide remains between countries

LIVE IN LIMA – DAY 12: UN COP20 climate change summit

Rolling commentary, news, analysis and video from the 20th Conference of the Parties to the UN Climate Convention in Lima, Peru

A tale of broken promises – finance and the UN climate talks

COMMENT: Least developed countries deserve more support in the face of evident and increasing threats, says expert

COP20

COP19 Warsaw 2013

When young people infiltrate the UN climate machine

ANALYSIS: Not all youths protest. Some have become part of official government delegations. What can they achieve?

Loss and damage: UN receives new climate compensation plans

NEWS: Ideas flood in on how Warsaw’s loss and damage mechanism could limit damage to the world’s most vulnerable

Rich – poor divide ‘main question’ at UN climate talks says Korolec

Current head of international negotiations says developing nations will need to deliver emission reduction plans by 2015

Loss and damage: UN needs to deliver on Warsaw climate pact

Loss and damage mechanism was a victory for developing countries, but its success will depend on work done in months ahead experts tell RTCC

World Coal: UN climate chief Figueres ‘ignoring reality’

Coal lobbyist Milton Catelin says Christiana Figueres is too focused on climate change and misunderstands energy sector

The path to Paris will be tough, agree UN climate chiefs past and present

Christiana Figueres, Michael Zammit Cutajar and Yvo de Boer on challenges facing international negotiations up to 2015 Paris summit

Five reasons why the 2013 climate talks were a success

This year’s round of international climate negotiations weren’t all doom and gloom. We’ve chosen five outcomes worth celebrating

Lord Stern: global climate ambition lacking at Warsaw summit

Leading climate change economist says Warsaw summit conclusions indicates leading countries do not take climate change seriously

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INDCs

US, EU offer to help African countries deliver climate plans

New international partnership aims to provide the technical knowledge needed to couple climate action and growth in developing countries

South Korea leads list of 2016 climate villains

Seoul *weakened* its climate ambition after the Paris Agreement, joining Saudi Arabia, Australia and New Zealand in laggards’ corner

New Zealand uses pine forests, creative accounting to dodge carbon cuts

Proposed forestry accounting changes would allow New Zealand to claim credits without cutting emissions, NGO claims

Japan, New Zealand to ratify Paris climate deal in 2016

Announcement makes entry into force for Paris deal more likely, but concerns remain over both countries’ weak emission cutting goals

View from Manila: Duterte must deliver ambitious climate plan

Former head of Philippines climate commission calls on new president to accept climate science and slow coal power growth

Brazil must review its climate pledge on new data

Emissions from farming and forestry were 28% higher than previously thought in 2005, the baseline year for Brazilian climate targets

Panama to deliver climate plan at Paris signing ceremony

Central American state will deliver belated plan at UN signing ceremony diplomat says, leaving six holdouts remaining

Developing nations urged to boycott Paris Agreement signing

EXCLUSIVE: Governments of poorer nations warned early support for UN climate deal on 22 April could limit political leverage at negotiations later this year

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