Climate politics

Saudi version of climate justice rejected by developing countries

Oil-rich country’s resistance to welcoming findings of science report on 1.5C warming has marked it out from poorer countries

Katowice brief: Poland takes control

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Indigenous peoples gain foothold in climate talks

At China’s request, the deal for indigenous and local input makes clear it will not infringe on state sovereignty

Katowice brief: US has it both ways

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The Talanoa Dialogue explained

A Pacific concept transported to Cop24 climate talks in Katowice, Poland, the talanoa aims to galvanise increased ambition from countries

The US, still in the Paris Agreement, is trying to decide its future

As the White House hosts an event on fossil fuels, the state department is in Poland to make a deal that will shape the global accord

Exxon knows renewables are cheaper, even if Trump doesn’t

The US is pushing fossil fuels at UN climate talks, but prices for clean energy have tumbled so fast even oil companies are investing in renewables

Katowice brief: Saturday night drama

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Starmer: UK and EU green protections risk diverging under Brexit deal

Draft withdrawal agreement prompts calls for green watchdog to assume climate powers

UK called to explain no-deal Brexit impact on power prices

A House of Lords committee was unsatisfied by minister Claire Perry’s testimony last month

Brexit and Germany erode EU climate resolve

The departure of a heavyweight champion of tough climate measures comes as Germany wavers and Europe faces big decisions about future

EU has ‘strong’ interest in safeguarding post-Brexit energy supply – UK minister

Preparing for a no-deal break with the EU’s energy market is tricky because it depends on other countries, Claire Perry said

‘Unacceptable’: Scotland and Wales reject post-Brexit carbon tax plan

Two devolved governments attack ‘unilateral’ tax on carbon pollution proposed by UK if Brexit talks end with no deal

Brexit: Avoiding the nuclear fallout

UK government report card on replacing the EU’s atomic energy community shows progress, but no deal on March 29 still threatens power and medical supply

Brexit: What it means for UK-EU energy trade

The UK says it wants to keep ties with the EU energy market – but it’s complicated

Post-Brexit carbon tax would set Scotland against UK

UK weighs future carbon pricing options, but Scotland will not abide a national tax it says will stomp on devolved powers


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Climate science on 1.5C erased at UN talks as US and Saudis step in

In a moment of drama in Poland, countries closed ranks against a push by oil producers to water down recognition of the UN’s report on the impacts of 1.5C warming

French senate ‘failed to heed’ UN science warning before protests

A major climate report in October found shifting to a green economy risked social disruption, but French senators told a scientist they were ‘powerless’ to respond

Twelve activists denied entry to Poland for UN climate summit, says campaign group

Members of Climate Action Network claimed the Polish authorities had blacklisted campaigners from eastern Europe and central Asia

Global alignment of climate plans pushed to 2041 in UN draft

Late start date for synchronising national climate plans shows complacency and risks dampening ambition, warn observers

Katowice brief: Final push for Paris

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UN climate finance rules ‘dragging’ amid fight over who reports what

Developing countries want to know how much aid is coming; rich countries worry about ‘constitutional constraints’, at Cop24 climate talks in Katowice

The Paris Agreement rulebook explained

Vastly more complex than the Paris Agreement itself are the set of rules that will make it work

Poland calls for ‘solidarity’ with industrial workers in climate talks

Island leaders reacted strongly to the host country’s emphasis on workers, reminding them of their own dire predicament

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Paris Agreement fight could push US out permanently, warn top Obama officials

A deal in Poland that draws a hard line between developed and developing countries may be unacceptable to future administrations – Democratic or Republican

Katowice brief: Who is the UN’s climate dealmaker?

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Climate leadership collapse leaves UN chief with a daunting task

The coalition that built the Paris Agreement has broken down, leaving Patricia Espinosa with few powerful friends to call on to secure a deal in Katowice

European Commission sets out path to net-zero emissions by 2050

Net-zero emissions could boost the economy by 2% per year and cut energy imports by 70%, said climate commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete

Miguel Arias Cañete: EU’s climate caterpillar looks to seal legacy

‘We will leave the European Union with a vision for the future,’ the commissioner tells CHN as he prepares to fight for net-zero emissions

Strong rules for Paris deal can spur global climate action

If talks in Poland produce tough rules, it will build confidence that all countries are sticking to the climate bargain

Bolsonaro names climate denier as Brazil’s foreign minister

Ernesto Araújo, a relatively junior diplomat, accuses the left of using the environmental cause ‘to serve their political project of total domination’

Islands need support to face shocking impacts of 1.5C global warming

Last month’s landmark UN science report underlines why vulnerable countries must demand funding to cover their climate-induced losses

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