World

Jacinda Ardern commits New Zealand to zero carbon by 2050

New leader says government will be “absolutely focused on the challenge of climate change” and sets out goal that puts country at forefront of emissions cuts

Brazilian Amazon lost 660,000 hectares of forest in last year

Temer government claimed a victory as deforestation rate declines slightly, but green groups said announcement was no cause for celebration

Portuguese kids hit climate lawsuit crowdfunding milestone

Following the second bout of deadly forest fires this year, seven children are preparing to sue for stronger climate action through the European Court of Human Rights

Bonn climate talks raise tough questions about German coal

Chancellor Angela Merkel, with no concrete plans to curtail its huge coal industry, will be exposed as her country plays host to Fiji’s climate presidency

Greenpeace plane crashes in Brazilian Amazon, Swedish woman killed

Carolina Nyberg-Steiser, 29, from Greenpeace Nordic was killed after the plane crashed into a river. It is the second time in recent years the NGO has lost a plane in Brazil

US climate talks delegation to be led by under secretary Thomas Shannon

Obama-appointed diplomat will lead the US at first climate talks since Trump’s Paris withdrawal speech, he once called climate change “one of the world’s great challenges”

EU bank to decide huge public loan to Europe’s biggest fossil fuel project

Experts refute EU claim that 3,500km gas pipeline from Azerbaijan is necessary for energy security, amid alarm over corruption and human rights issues

US signs G7 statement recognising climate threat to food security

Secretary of agriculture agrees statement on global hunger, but unlike previous G7 statements a reaffirmation of the Paris climate deal was dropped

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US

Trump stance on Paris climate deal ‘sad’, says pope

Speaking on World Food Day, Francis said climate change was a driver of hunger and migration and the Paris climate agreement was the legal basis for the solution

US ‘will not speculate’ on climate treaty after leaving Unesco over Palestine

The body that oversees the Paris treaty also recognises Palestine, raising the prospect that Thursday’s decision to leave Unesco sets a precedent

International concern as US moves to end clean power plan

The Trump administration plans to repeal and replace landmark policy that underpinned US commitment to Paris Agreement and a key climate deal with China

Big oil vs bearded seal: Case to test Trump climate stance

Supreme Court to decide whether to hear oil companies and Alaskan native case against Trump administration for listing seal as threatened due to climate change

New York City aims to be carbon neutral by 2050

Donald Trump’s home city aligns its strategy with tough 1.5C global warming limit, in defiance of the president’s hostility to climate action

Jerry Brown’s climate coalition now covers 39% of the global economy

California governor’s list of city, state and national governments nears 200 and is shifting climate diplomacy beyond the caprices of national leaders

California bid for 100% clean energy stalls

Resistance from utilities and unions blamed after legislature fails to bring clean energy bill to a vote

Irma forces Caribbean delegates to abandon UN climate science meeting

Representatives from Caribbean island nations want to put extreme weather damage on the agenda for the next IPCC comprehensive report

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China

India’s Modi pushes international solar agreement

Indian prime minister says renewables are “particularly important” to the development of five nations meeting in Xiamen

Climate threatens ‘Himalayan Viagra’ fungus, and a way of life

A valuable fungus reputed to be an aphrodisiac has been disappearing from the mountains of Nepal, taking with it a valuable source of income

Volvo electric vehicle push reflects China’s leadership ambition

Car giant’s move away from the internal combustion engine will fuel Chinese dominance in emerging clean technology

China signed African coal deal days before Xi low emissions pledge at G20

In the week China’s president called for development banks to support low emissions in poor countries, China Development Bank loaned $1.5bn to coal in South Africa

Calling China’s carbon market ‘ambitious’ shows how low the bar has fallen

China is planning the world’s biggest carbon market, but with little detail given for its design, praise for the scheme is premature

EU-China: New ‘climate leaders’ are also enamoured of fossil fuels

Gas imports to Europe from the US and massive future coal burning in China undermine the rhetoric of the world’s new self-proclaimed climate spearheads

EU-China climate statement is a manifesto for a new global order

The ten-page document affirms, in extraordinarily strong language, that the EU and China intend to make the US irrelevant

Leaked EU-China climate statement – in full

As Trump reportedly prepares to walk out of the Paris climate deal, the EU and China have prepared a statement that sets them up to replace the US as climate leaders

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India

US exports of tar sands waste are fuelling Delhi’s air pollution crisis

India has emerged as the world’s largest importer of petroleum coke, an oil byproduct that is now a major cause of pollution in the capital

India’s floods expose poor countries’ total vulnerability to climate change

In West Bengal, residents say Hurricane Harvey in the US is “no comparison” to devastation for which their country left them woefully unprepared

Coal to power India for ‘decades to come’, says government planning body

Coal will continue to produce roughly three-quarters of India’s electricity, says body charged with central planning, as it lays out plan to boost mining production

Indian coal growth has slowed since 2015

After rising at an average of 6% over the preceding decade, India’s coal consumption has risen at 2.2% a year since 2015, analysis from Greenpeace Energydesk shows

India’s electric vehicle revolution faces major hurdles

High costs and a lack of public charging stations pose a challenge to bold EV target, say experts, not helped by inconsistent government policy

Solar has not beaten coal in the race to electrify India

India’s future is still tied to coal and fixing woeful inefficiency of plants will create huge new generation at a price solar cannot match

India diverts $25 billion away from clean energy fund

Revenue raised by a tax on coal was originally intended to support renewables, but a Scroll.in investigation revealed it is being spent on an unrelated policy

Indian farmers mourn dead after debt crisis turns violent

Six protesters were killed in the Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh in June. Meet the bereaved families driven to despair by erratic weather and a tough market

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EU

UK releases plan to ‘lead the world’ on growth with carbon cuts

Long awaited strategy says green economy will grow 11% per year but plan will miss carbon emissions targets, drawing criticism

Netherlands to end coal power by 2030, closing down new plants

In a coalition agreement, the government formed by Mark Rutte promised to close all coal plants by 2030, including three that were only completed in 2015

Germany to miss climate targets ‘disastrously’: leaked government paper

Environment ministry documents reveal 2020 target for cutting emissions to be missed by a large margin dealing a “significant blow to Germany’s climate policy”

German Greens: ‘No coalition with Merkel without climate progress’

Greens will search for common ground with prospective conservative and free market partners, but are adamant their climate priorities must be protected

EU lawmakers vote to curb fossil fuel influence on UN climate talks

A motion passed by the European Parliament seeks to address conflicts of interest between coal, oil and gas lobbyists and environmental protection

Diesel subsidised by €21bn a year in Europe

Amid scandal and a public health crisis, diesel was a major beneficiary of government support for fossil fuels between 2014 and 2016, a report reveals

Anger at EU climate chief’s suggestion US can backtrack on Paris

EU commissioner has signalled that the US can downgrade its pledge to the Paris deal, but poor countries say such an act would “undermine global solidarity”

Boost for German coal phaseout as election weakens Merkel

A ‘Jamaica coalition’ is the most likely outcome of a surprising election, putting the Greens in a position to pursue their goal of ending coal power

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Africa

Kenya’s most polluting coal plant could poison coastline

A project that will double Kenya’s carbon emissions also threatens life on a fragile coastline, but the government’s planning process has been flawed

Green Climate Fund to fund $1bn Egypt renewables drive

In its biggest project to date, the UN’s flagship climate finance scheme is putting $150m towards developing wind, hydro and solar power in Egypt

Giant Tunisian desert solar project aims to power EU

Developer TuNur this week applied for authorisation to build a massive solar plant on the edge of the Tunisian Sahara, with undersea grid connections to Europe

Dying gods: Mt Kenya’s disappearing glaciers spread violence below

Those who rely on Mount Kenya’s glaciers for water have turned against one another as the rivers fed by the mountain dry up

African countries urged to prepare for rise in extreme El Niño events

Early warning systems and early action funds are needed to prevent repeats of the 2015/16 famine, experts warn in response to latest science

Kenya’s food crisis: ‘With this kind of farming, I only make a loss’

Farmers in Kenya’s Rift Valley are being forced from their farms by drought then hit by rising food prices as maize shortages bite

Kenya’s food crisis: Drought raises prices and political tensions

Opposition parties accuse the Kenyatta administration of failing to plan for poor harvests, as inflation bites ahead of an August general election

Egypt faces water insecurity as Ethiopian mega-dam rumours swirl

Farmers along the lower Nile have little information to guide them as upriver barrage threatens to compound the impacts of global warming

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South America

Amazon forest fires pushing climate change ‘beyond human control’

Leading Amazon scientist highlights ‘grave problems’ in Brazil’s management of the world’s most important forest as climate-driven fires eat it away

UK vetoes two South American climate finance bids

The British board member mounted a solo opposition to rural development projects in Paraguay and Argentina at a Green Climate Fund meeting in Cairo

Forest diamonds

How family rivalry and the Catholic church helped miners devastate an indigenous Amazon territory

Brazil’s Temer extends amnesty to Amazon land-grabbers

Embattled president is regularising illegally occupied land at knock-down prices, in a move environmentalists fear will lead to more deforestation

Brazil prepares to grant land rights to criminals who stripped Amazon

Brazil’s government is set to roll back protections on vast areas of the Amazon that would legitimise land claims often made under fake names to avoid prosecution

Costa Rica bids for world’s cleanest transport system

With a 98% renewable power grid, Costa Rica is turning its climate efforts to dirty transport, with public companies promoting electric vehicles

Brazil’s Temer urged to veto rollback of forest protections

Nearly 600,000 hectares of land could lose protected status under a law approved by Congress, an area twice the size of the US’ Yosemite national park

Brazil’s pro-beef president Temer, betrayed by the industry he courted

Even as he handed more and more power to an agricultural lobby that would strip the Amazon for pasture, Michel Temer was being double-crossed

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Middle East

Climate change threatens survival of the River Jordan

New research finds worsening droughts will sap the biblical waterway, which is already under pressure from agriculture and a growing population

Photos reveal Iraq oil fires burning behind ISIS retreat

Satellite images show evidence of the Islamic State’s scorched earth tactics as militants lose territory to Western-backed Iraqi forces

Conflict-hit Syrian hospital goes solar to save lives

Medical charity UOSSM plans to roll out solar power to five more facilities, reducing reliance on diesel generators to keep incubators and other equipment running

UK is in no position to lecture Saudis on oil dependence

PM Theresa May has offered to help wean Saudi Arabia off oil, but her government’s subsidies to North Sea producers are a poor model for the Middle East petrostate

Maldives president defends Saudi atoll deal, but reveals no detail

Maldives “should be afforded the ability to expand our economy” says president in response to criticism of a US$10bn development deal with Saudi Arabia

Saudis make Maldives land grab to secure oil routes to China

Proposed multi-billion dollar deal sparks protests in the tiny atoll nation, which has found itself at the centre of a great game over oil, power and religion

Court forces Turkish coal plant to suspend operations

Three years after it came online, Izdemir power station has been stripped of its environmental licence, in a win for campaigners

Saudi oil chief hails Trump’s ‘realistic’ energy plans

Khalid Al-Falih welcomes new president’s pro-fossil fuel approach, rejects suggestion US will quit Paris climate agreement

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Asia

Climate-hit Bangladesh struggling to access UN green funds

Developing country institutions lack capacity to meet the Green Climate Fund’s heavy paperwork demands, experts say at Dhaka conference

What will become of Bangladesh’s climate migrants?

Millions of Bangladeshi’s could be forced from their homes by the effect of climate change. Where will they all go?

Sri Lanka plans no new coal plants until at least 2037

Government electricity authority says coal’s impact on health and environment tipped balance in favour of a gas and renewable-focused future

Hope and anger in Bangladesh as Unesco reverses coal plant opposition

“I want grid power,” say locals, despite concerns that Rampal’s mega-plant may threaten the world heritage listed Sundarbans mangrove forests

Cash begins trickling out of Green Climate Fund

After a barrage of criticism, the UN’s primary climate fund has released $5.2m to a handful of projects

‘Bad-ass business women’ bring solar empowerment to Nepal

NGO that helps women overcome cultural taboos and start their own clean energy businesses to be awarded prize in London ceremony

Bangladesh backtracks on carbon tax proposal ahead of election year

Mooted climate policy was dropped from the budget announced on Thursday, as energy and transport lobbies complained it would raise living costs

Bangladesh faces food supply crunch after flash floods

Unusually heavy pre-monsoon rains wiped out 2 million tonnes worth of rice crops, making farmers destitute and pushing up costs

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Pacific

Climate change ‘probably doing good’, says former Australian PM Abbott

Former Australian prime minister likens treatment of climate sceptics to the Spanish Inquisition and says the government lost seats by not campaigning on energy prices

Australia only wealthy nation still breaking energy emissions records

How did a country that launched one of the world’s first major carbon pricing schemes become a rogue polluter in just five years?

Lead diplomat: Bonn climate talks must ‘restate vision of Paris’

Fijian negotiator Nazhat Shameem Khan says upcoming talks must make a strong political statement in the face of Donald Trump’s antagonism

Fiji’s climate leadership: ‘We are all in the same canoe’

Prime minister Frank Bainimarama urged leaders in New York to look beyond narrow self-interest as he outlined plans for COP23 climate talks presidency

Fiji PM Frank Bainimarama’s speech to the UNGA – in full

The president of COP23, the next round of UN climate talks, calls for solidarity with hurricane victims and sets the scene for negotiations

Tony Abbott to address London climate sceptic group

Abbott becomes second former Australian prime minister to address Global Warming Policy Foundation. His speech will be called ‘Daring to Doubt’

Tributes pour in for Marshallese ‘climate hero’ Tony de Brum

Friends and colleagues remember Tony de Brum as a fighter for nuclear justice and a safe climate future, after his death in Majuro aged 72

Obituary: Tony de Brum, Marshallese climate and anti-nuclear crusader

De Brum, who witnessed the destructive power of nuclear weapons as a child, won justice for his tiny country against formidable economic and political odds

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