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Brazil fights emissions cap for shipping, citing cost concerns

Ahead of a key meeting at the International Maritime Organisation in April, Brazil is leading objections to setting tough climate targets for the sector

Fiji climate lead challenged consultants’ influence before losing job

Nazhat Shameem Khan was removed from her role in the UN climate talks presidency after a protracted power struggle with Australian and European advisers

Video: Michael Bloomberg appointed UN climate envoy

The New York billionaire immediately called on Donald Trump to revise his views on climate change and show he was a “great leader”

‘Mr Energiewende’ quits German government in protest at coalition deal

Germany’s new deal was a “bitter disappointment” for those looking for a modern climate and energy policy, said outgoing energy secretary Rainer Baake

Dutch PM calls for more ambitious 2030 EU climate target

Mark Rutte said Europe had a responsibility to align its targets with the Paris climate deal, joining the Swedes and French in pushing for sharper cuts

Climate Weekly: Fiji fires COP23 chief diplomat

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UN Climate Talks

Palestinian requests to global green fund ignored since 2016

Letters and emails show the Global Environment Facility stonewalled while US pressure built on international bodies that recognise Palestine

China has long been captivated by the promise of coal

For centuries, notions of abundant coal have fed China’s sense of its place among the great nations of the world. Now it is being asked to give it up

Unwritten Paris rules dominate as tense year of climate diplomacy begins in Japan

Diplomats meeting in Japan focused heavily on the contentious rules for the Paris deal, which are due to be set by the end of this year

EU, US business lobbies seek closer access to UN climate talks

Business Europe and the US Council for International Business are calling for a direct channel to influence the review process for national climate targets

A gold mine swallowed their village. This Amazon tribe is here to take it back

At the head of a poisoned river, the Munduruku find a devastated land where their village once stood. Can they stop the illegal mining that stole their homes?

Europe’s biggest fossil fuel project gets €1.5bn public loan

The European Investment Bank has approved a loan to the Southern Gas Corridor, in a move environmentalists described as a “historic mistake”

Poland to put ‘common sense’ over climate ambition as host of critical UN talks

In exclusive interviews, Poland’s climate chief said “calls for ambition bring nothing” while the environment ministry refused to back science on cause of climate change

China to monitor human health impacts of pollution for first time

Environment ministry paper sets out system for evaluating and responding to national health crisis, a move once seen as inconsistent with growth

UN climate talks

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


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


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



As China counts its emissions, has growth shaken free of carbon?

As the economy surged in 2017, experts are divided over whether emissions stayed flat. It could mean pollution has peaked more than a decade earlier than expected

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