Climate politics

Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

Ministers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India want to see more action from the rich world, in a critical year for writing the rules of the Paris Agreement

Climate Weekly: Tracking down rogue CFCs

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UN to investigate mysterious emissions of banned ozone-damaging CFCs

Scientific advisors to the Montreal Protocol will examine evidence of new sources of CFCs in East Asia and report by the end of the year

The UN Security Council is starting to take climate change seriously

The most powerful UN body is tentatively addressing the links between global warming and instability. It can and should do more, writes Ashley Murphy

ILO: green economy can create 24 million jobs by 2030

The Paris Agreement is generating new clean industries that will offset the loss of oil and coal jobs, finds a report by the UN’s labour body

11 ways the Paris climate deal is working in the real world

As climate talks stall, it’s clear the UN process is no longer the major driving force of the climate transition. But does that matter?

Bonn voyage: ‘Satisfactory’ session leaves the hard work to Bangkok

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Eyes on ministers to intervene as UN climate talks get mired in old battles

As negotiations in Bonn result in minimal progress on rules for the Paris Agreement, delegates look to political leaders to break the deadlock

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UN Climate Talks

Bonn morning brief: Missing US climate cash raises tensions

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Bonn morning brief: Bangkok session is on

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Extra climate talks scheduled amid Bonn stalemate

UN climate officials add a week-long session in Bangkok in September to the diary, as Bonn talks make insufficient progress on the Paris Agreement rulebook

Bonn morning brief: No negotiating text this week

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Sunday talanoa: climate negotiators ‘talk to each other like people’

Advocates say Fiji’s kava-fuelled story time helped to break down barriers between government representatives and campaigners

Bonn morning brief: The wisdom of Talanoa

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One-sided dialogue as rich countries sit out talks on climate loss

Observers say Germany the only rich country to give input during ‘dialogue’ on how to address climate damage in the countries least responsible for it

Bonn morning brief: Manels and nightmares

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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

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

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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

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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

10 years of success, but the UK climate change act needs an upgrade

The pioneering piece of legislation has helped bring emissions down, but the challenges of the Paris Agreement require more ambition from the government

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

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

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