World

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

Modi and Adani: the old friends laying waste to India’s environment

India’s environment has been subjugated to the whims of the prime minister’s industrial cronies. How can the world believe him on climate change?

Modi and Trump avoid climate change tension on state visit

Trade and migration are dominated the Indian prime minister’s visit to the White House, with differences on the Paris Agreement side-stepped

‘Nobody wants to be part of a dying culture’: Reddit on the end of coal

Donald Trump wants to revive the coal industry. But Redditors from declining US coal towns say their families need a future rather than a return to the past

Indians want ‘jugaad’ not ‘climate justice’, study shows

The language of self-sufficiency chimes better with Indian citizens than blaming the rich world for global warming, workshops by Climate Outreach find

End of coal: Failure to see it coming will hurt miners most

History shows governments that don’t anticipate and make provisions for the decline of coal burden communities for generations

US joins UN resolution to protect human rights from climate change

The US said climate change had “a range of implications for the effective enjoyment of human rights”, in a departure from recent diplomacy and Trump’s rhetoric

Women’s co-op dairy in Kenya breaks agricultural glass ceiling

Raising cattle instead of selling firewood and charcoal is empowering women and allowing trees to grow back in a denuded part of rural Kenya

World

US

Al Gore likens climate movement to suffrage and abolition of slavery

Gore says Trump’s withdrawal from Paris agreement is akin to resistance faced by other great moral movements

Trump-era climate resistance, from a beachside in Rhode Island

States claiming climate leadership will be held to account by local groups like Keep Rhode Island Beautiful, fighting against fossil fuel developments

US cities and states back Paris deal but ignore climate finance

Several US states and cities have committed to cut emissions despite president Trump, but only Seattle remembered cash commitments to the developing world

Seattle pledges support for climate fund barred by Trump

Council resolution goes beyond backing emissions reductions, stepping up to honour the financial commitments made by the US

FORE! Trump’s Paris speech was an awful mishit

The golf-loving president says he will pull the US from the Paris agreement. The UN’s renewable energy chief explains why that’s dumb in terms he’d understand

Trump lawyers try ‘extraordinary trick’ to quash youth climate case

Representatives of 21 young people suing US government over climate inaction said justice department’s use of rare legal device is ‘offensive to the rule of law’

Coal industry begs Congress to save carbon capture from Trump

Future of US carbon capture and storage looks shaky after Trump tried to cut domestic research then choked off access to international collaboration

Trump hasn’t actually left the Paris climate deal. Not yet

Despite the headlines and Donald Trump’s rhetoric, the official US position remains unchanged and where things go from here are unclear

US

China

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

Kenya signs China deal for coal plant beside Unesco site

Government assessment contains “grossly insufficient detail” about impact on world heritage site, said campaigners, who fear deal will prejudice an ongoing legal case

India and China ‘on track to exceed Paris climate pledges’

Coal plant cancellations mean the world’s two largest countries are cutting emissions faster than predicted a year ago, outweighing the effect of US policy rollbacks

China’s Xi promises green ‘belt and road’ investment strategy

At summit with 29 government leaders in Beijing, China’s president Xi Jinping proposed an “international coalition for green development”

Trump warned leaving Paris accord risks bad deals at G7, G20

Delegates at Bonn climate talks warn of wider diplomatic repercussions if the US withdraws from the Paris climate deal

China’s plan to cut shipping emissions

With pollution from shipping killing 18,000 Chinese every year, the government is cracking down on the use of dangerous fuels in port

China

India

Indian manufacturers eye cleaner coolants to meet air con demand

Following a global deal in Kigali to phasedown HFCs, a class of potent warming gases used in refrigeration, Indian industry is developing cleaner alternatives

India’s tumbling solar prices ‘a race to extinction’

India’s record-breaking solar prices are driven by a distorted market, in thrall to cheap Chinese imports, say analysts

The Indian coal plant getting paid $150m to sit idle

Consumers are footing the bill for Rattan India’s Amravati power station, a “shocking” example of a dysfunctional sector

India reaffirms Paris climate commitments

Piyush Goyal told a UN energy forum in Vienna India would pursue clean energy “irrespective of what others do”, in a nod to the US debate

Solar power brings light to dark corners of Indian train stations

A push to green India’s vast railway network with solar panels and LEDs also helps passengers and homeless migrants feel safe

Groundwater recharge offers hope to drought-hit Indian farmers

In Odisha, where late monsoons mean crop failures, poverty and even suicide, a novel scheme aims to boost water access

Supreme Court loss creates new problem for Adani’s Australian mine

Indian ruling means Adani will be unable to manipulate price of coal overseas then seek escalations in cost of power back home

Indian power minister celebrates record low solar price

French company breaks new ground in affordable solar, but Piyush Goyal tells parliament coal will “remain our mainstay”

India

EU

Sweden passes climate law to become carbon neutral by 2045

Legislation makes Sweden the first country to significantly upgrade its ambition since the world agreed a climate deal in Paris, in contrast with US backsliding

Club of Rome president: climate sanctions on US ‘a lovely idea’

“I suspect he is a loser president,” says Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker. But conceded trade barrier from the EU were unlikely

UN climate conference 2018 heads to heartland of Polish coal

Katowice, home to the largest coal company in the EU, will host the pivotal 2018 climate talks

EU climate laws undermined by Polish and Czech revolt, documents reveal

As the world looks to the EU for leadership on climate, eastern states are diluting laws supposed to guide Europe toward its carbon reduction targets

G7 leaders walk fine line between Trump and Paris deal

As G7 leaders meet in Italy, can they reaffirm their commitment to action on climate change without driving the US out of the Paris accord?

France lobbied EU to cut forests without counting climate impact

Campaigners are calling on newly appointed environment minister Nicolas Hulot to reverse course and close carbon accounting loophole

France set for ‘massive’ renewables boom under president Macron

Emmanuel Macron’s picks for prime minister and environment minister support rapid expansion of clean energy

Dutch university contracts gave Shell influence over curriculum, students

Report reveals Shell’s contracts with the Rotterdam School of Management that gave it power over the school’s core educational functions

EU

Africa

Where is the most vulnerable country to climate change?

Vast, dry and poor, Chad is more susceptible to climate change than any other country

G7-backed insurance ‘too little, too late’ for Malawi drought, report finds

Insurance scheme that took nine months to pay out after a state of emergency was declared contains major flaws, according to Action Aid report

Small-scale renewables cheapest for rural Africa, says Dutch report

Africa’s quest for full access to electricity needs governments to support small, off-grid projects that are typically disregarded by investors

NGOs tell EU donors to respect African clean energy leadership

The European Commission and France are “doing far more harm than good” by pushing through projects without scrutiny, say campaigners

Ségolène Royal reveals new head for ‘Africa-led’ renewables scheme

Denying allegations of meddling in African clean energy initiative, French environment minister pre-empts board decision on next top official

Africa clean energy row continues in Bonn

African leaders are no-one’s “puppet”, says head of the African group of climate negotiators, after $10bn scheme was said to have been hijacked by the EU

China, India swoop on first barrels of Kenyan oil

In a remote region, riven by years of drought and conflict, the prospect of new oil is attracting attention from oil-hungry economies in Asia

Rainfall extremes to become the Nile’s new normal

With global warming, the mighty river basin will swing from devastating floods to withering drought, models show

Africa

South America

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

Brazilian indigenous leader appeals for solidarity against land grabs

Guarani-Kaiowá leader Ladio Veron is touring Europe to raise awareness of violence and environmental destruction by agribusiness

Worst land-related killings in decades expose Amazon’s lawless frontier

Nine men were brutally killed last month in a remote Brazilian settlement where deforestation, land grabbing and violence go unpunished

Brazilian MPs bid to cut protections for one million hectares of forest

As deforestation spirals out of control, bills to be voted on by Congress would roll back protections on area of forest the size of Jamaica

After floods, Peru has an opportunity to rebuild smarter

Facing an enormous clean-up job, Peru must think about a future where flood like those in March become ever more common

South America

Middle East

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

Saudi Aramco planning $5 billion clean energy binge

As low oil prices eat into country’s $600 billion sovereign wealth fund, state energy giant starts work on radical transition towards renewables

Into the abyss: oil states face turmoil as climate policies bite

A transition to green energy sources threatens the stability of oil-rich states like Venezuela, Russia and Saudi Arabia

Middle East

Asia

‘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

Indonesia calls EU palm oil fuel ban ‘discriminatory’, ‘protectionist’

Indonesia’s foreign ministry has slammed the EU’s proposed ban on palm oil in biofuels

An open letter from Bangladesh to the American people

President Trump is failing to keep you safe, writes Saleemul Huq; Bangladesh can offer lessons in adapting to the impacts of climate change

Maldives regime imperils coral reefs in dash for cash

Under President Yameen, ministers are quashing environmental concerns to strike opaque resort deals with foreign investors, warn divers, scientists and two EPA insiders

China kickstarting new coal boom in Pakistan

In a region of Pakistan besieged by drought, and blessed with solar potential, China is funding the expansion of huge new coal projects

Philippines senate unanimously votes to ratify Paris climate deal

Argument the UN pact is in vulnerable country’s best interests prevails over doubts expressed by President Rodrigo Duterte last year

Asia

Pacific

Australia: new climate policy, same old politics

A major review of Australian climate policy has been compromised by the malignant politics that has sent Australia to the back of the international pack

Adani’s Australian mine green light can’t change economics of coal

The ‘final investment decision’ taken by Adani this week leaves many near and long term questions unanswered about the project’s viability

Climate talks end in call for solidarity, but real Trump test is to come

A fortnight of climate talks in Bonn ran smoothly enough, but political tensions await Pacific island presidency at November summit

Acts of God: why secular climate projects fail in the Pacific

For communities in many poorer countries, including in the Pacific Islands, the most influential messages engage with people’s spiritual beliefs and involve religious leaders

Ocean acidification is global warming’s forgotten crisis

We have the tools to barricade ecosystems against some impacts of warmer, more acidic oceans. But do we have the political will to use them?

Pacific islands are on a collision course with the shipping industry

The shipping industry could undermine global climate efforts. But Pacific islands and EU nations are joining together to force them to change.

Fund considering Adani coal mine loan ‘obsessed with secrecy’

Experts say $5bn Northern Australia Infrastructure Facility’s repeated rejection of requests for information on Adani coal project loan has no basis in law

To save communities from rising seas, we must open our ears

As modernity creeps into Tanna, Vanuatu, climate change is just one of many new challenges. We cannot fight the former without understanding the whole

Pacific