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Ireland threatens to block Mercosur trade deal unless Brazil protects Amazon

Leo Varadkar said Ireland could vote against the free trade deal between South American countries and the EU over deforestation and wildfires concerns

Record 72,000 forest fires detected in Brazil this year

Brazil’s space research center INPE reported 9,507 new forest fires across the country, mostly in the Amazon basin, since last Thursday

China invites the US back to the table at Chile climate talks

Ahead of the UN climate talks in December, China pledges to support host Chile and insists on common ground with the US

Climate Weekly: Basic goes back to basics

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Indigenous leaders call for Arctic cooperation against wildfires

As high temperatures and dry thunderstorms turn the Arctic Circle into a tinderbox, the Arctic Council has been urged to step up firefighting capacity

China and allies challenge UN chief’s climate vision

‘Basic’ environment ministers stress the responsibility of rich countries, in draft declaration that ignores António Guterres’ call for more ambitious national plans

UN chief’s climate asks fall flat in emerging economies

As Brics environment ministers meet in Brazil, experts see little appetite for meeting António Guterres’ benchmark of climate ambition

Offshoot of Extinction Rebellion calls for vegan revolution

Drawing on the latest UN climate science report, UK activists under the banner Animal Rebellion plan civil disobedience to promote plant-based farming and diets

Meat and potatoes: international media majors on diet in IPCC coverage

Reporting on latest science around climate change and land use focused on rich nations’ eating habits, but did it miss the bigger picture?

Australia seeks to water down climate declaration at Pacific summit

An annotated draft Pacific Islands Forum statement shows the Morrison administration trying to quash references to 1.5C, carbon neutrality and coal development

How we manage land is critical to climate justice

The latest science shows the impacts of global warming – and solutions to it – risk worsening inequality if not coupled with support to the world’s poor

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UN Climate Action Summit 2019

It is high time to reboot our relationship with nature

Leaders must take decisive action to support nature-based solutions to the climate challenge, in light of the latest UN science report

Greta Thunberg to sail to New York climate summit in racing yacht

Swedish teen activist will cross the Atlantic in hurricane season by boat for a four-month tour of the Americas, rather than take a high-carbon flight

Climate Weekly: Guterres cracks the whip

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UN envoy urges India to raise climate ambition

Luis de Alba praised rapid expansion of renewable energy and pressed the government to go further, on a visit to Delhi

Guterres asks all countries to plan for carbon neutrality by 2050

In a letter to heads of state, the UN chief set net zero emissions as the benchmark for ambition, ahead of a landmark summit in September

How Trump’s climate U-turn exposed the limits of European power

When the world needed someone to step up as a climate power broker, why did no-one think it would be the EU?

Asset managers worth $15 trillion make climate risk promise to Macron

The French president gathered the world’s biggest investors this week to push them to back climate-friendly projects

Saudi row over 1.5C science raises frustration with UN consensus model

Diplomats are losing patience with players like Saudi Arabia blocking progress at international climate talks, instead looking to other forums for action

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China invites the US back to the table at Chile climate talks

Ahead of the UN climate talks in December, China pledges to support host Chile and insists on common ground with the US

Climate Weekly: Basic goes back to basics

Sign up to get our weekly newsletter straight to your inbox, plus breaking news, investigations and extra bulletins from key events

Indigenous leaders call for Arctic cooperation against wildfires

As high temperatures and dry thunderstorms turn the Arctic Circle into a tinderbox, the Arctic Council has been urged to step up firefighting capacity

China and allies challenge UN chief’s climate vision

‘Basic’ environment ministers stress the responsibility of rich countries, in draft declaration that ignores António Guterres’ call for more ambitious national plans

UN chief’s climate asks fall flat in emerging economies

As Brics environment ministers meet in Brazil, experts see little appetite for meeting António Guterres’ benchmark of climate ambition

Australia seeks to water down climate declaration at Pacific summit

An annotated draft Pacific Islands Forum statement shows the Morrison administration trying to quash references to 1.5C, carbon neutrality and coal development

Glasgow named to host 2020 UN climate summit

If the UK is approved to preside over Cop26, it will hold negotiations in Scotland’s largest city, the government announced

Climate Conversation

No-deal Brexit would be a disaster for the climate

Boris Johnson’s leadership increases the likelihood of a hard exit from the EU, shattering the bloc’s solidarity and empowering a radical deregulation agenda

A weak carbon price is worse than no carbon price

The time for timidity has passed; politicians must dare to make polluters pay as part of a vision for a healthier, happier future

How von der Leyen could make a carbon border tax work

The next European Commission chief must tread carefully if she is to meet her promise to make polluting importers pay

AIIB must stop backing gas in climate-hit Bangladesh

The Beijing-headquartered development bank is skewed towards fossil fuels, when it should be helping poorer countries access clean renewable power

Climate Home News launches African reporting programme

If you are an experienced African journalist, we want to hear your story ideas on the links between climate science and development

Finland’s forestry myth undermines its radical climate ambition

The next EU presidency wants to drive the climate agenda, but its forestry industry is bad for carbon emissions, biodiversity and its indigenous Sámi people

Ireland’s world-leading citizens’ climate assembly. What worked? What didn’t?

While the Irish assembly provoked a shift in government policy on climate change, there are important lessons to learn from this democratic experiment

After an MP grabbed a climate protester, young Brits will never vote for these Tories

Minister Mark Field’s violence proves we need politicians that take our calls for a safe future seriously, writes climate striker Cate Davies

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