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UK announces stronger 2030 emissions target, setting the bar for ambition summit

The UK will cut emissions 68% from 1990 to 2030, Boris Johnson announced, urging other leaders to bring new commitments to the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement

China’s environment ministry floats ‘ban’ on coal power investment abroad

A Chinese government-commissioned report proposes stricter environmental standards for “belt and road” investments, but it needs buy-in from financial institutions

Coal, oil and gas production to blow climate targets despite pandemic dip, report warns

UN-backed Production Gap report projects a 2% annual rise in global fossil fuel output this decade, when 6% cuts are needed in line with a 1.5C warming limit

Guterres: UN will build global coalition for carbon neutrality in 2021

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned “the planet is broken”, calling for a “quantum leap” on getting to net zero emissions in 2021

WMO: Siberian heatwave put 2020 among three hottest years on record

Temperatures reached 38C in Siberia, leading to wildfires and increased melting of the sea ice and putting 2020 on course for 1.2C warming globally

Brazil must reverse deforestation trends before EU finalises Mercosur trade deal

Imazon study finds indigenous people’s territories at greatest risk from forest clearance as a result of growing agricultural activity under the agreement

UK scrambles to decide first post-Brexit climate pledge to the Paris Agreement

The Cop26 host is on a tight timeline to set a 2030 carbon-cutting target separate from the EU’s, ahead of an ambition summit on the fifth anniversary of Paris

Rich countries, remember your $100bn climate commitment to the world’s poor

As finance ministers finalise national budgets for 2021, they must meet their promises to protect the vulnerable from climate change impacts

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UK announces stronger 2030 emissions target, setting the bar for ambition summit

The UK will cut emissions 68% from 1990 to 2030, Boris Johnson announced, urging other leaders to bring new commitments to the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement

Coal, oil and gas production to blow climate targets despite pandemic dip, report warns

UN-backed Production Gap report projects a 2% annual rise in global fossil fuel output this decade, when 6% cuts are needed in line with a 1.5C warming limit

Guterres: UN will build global coalition for carbon neutrality in 2021

UN chief Antonio Guterres warned “the planet is broken”, calling for a “quantum leap” on getting to net zero emissions in 2021

UK scrambles to decide first post-Brexit climate pledge to the Paris Agreement

The Cop26 host is on a tight timeline to set a 2030 carbon-cutting target separate from the EU’s, ahead of an ambition summit on the fifth anniversary of Paris

The damage of four lost years – Climate Weekly

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Youth activists demand damages for climate victims at virtual ‘mock Cop26’

Making polluters pay for losses suffered by communities on the frontline of climate impacts is a priority for young activists, as they prepare to engage with UN negotiations

UK aid budget cuts undermine trust ahead of Cop26 summit, experts warn

As developing countries prepare to negotiate a scaling up of climate finance at next year’s Cop26, the UK host faces criticism for reneging on its aid commitment

Climate Conversation

In Java, a Japanese-financed coal plant threatens our health and livelihoods

The Indramayu coal plant will dirty our air, destroy our livelihoods and worsen the climate crisis. Japan must stop financing it immediately

As young people, we urge financial institutions to stop financing fossil fuels

Development banks supporting dirty projects are exacerbating climate chaos. This year needs to be a turning point to a just and sustainable future

Debt-for-climate swaps can help developing countries make a green recovery

In Argentina, green debt relief has supported forest conservation, an approach that can and should be scaled up as coronavirus stretches budgets

To reach net zero emissions mid-century, start today

Since China’s carbon neutrality pledge, more than a third of global emissions are covered by net zero targets. That ambition must be backed up by near term plans

Why we no longer use the phrase ‘brown finance’

We realised “brown finance” to describe investment in harmful fossil fuels is offensive to people with brown skin, so we switched to “dirty finance”

There will be no ‘green recovery’ for poor countries without loss and damage finance

A loss and damage fund linked to rich countries’ mitigation efforts could levy new funds to address ‘perfect storm’ of flooding, Covid-19 and economic hardship

How ‘green’ the EU recovery is depends on member states

A 7-year EU budget and coronavirus recovery plan agreed this week calls for climate-friendly spending, but the details have been left to national capitals

World Bank policy advice boosts oil and gas, undermining climate goals

In technical assistance to governments like Mozambique’s, the World Bank favours the interests of the fossil fuel industry over those of ordinary citizens

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