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Antonio Guterres on a recent visit to Vanuatu (Photo: UN Photo/Mark Garten) SG on route to Tuvalu where the back off the plane was opened to see the impending water over the tiny islands from above


It was Mateusz Morawiecki’s birthday… and he blew out Antonio Guterres’ candles.

The Polish prime minister, who turned 51 on Thursday, and his counterparts from the Czech Republic, Estonia and Hungary withstood a barrage of pressure in the European Council to see off a push to set a continental net zero carbon target for 2050.

Hopes had been low before the meeting in Brussels. But with the approach of a September climate summit hosted by UN secretary general Guterres, there has been a huge diplomatic effort to convince the EU to overcome its internal divisions.

That didn’t happen, and, as Chloé Farand reports, it could have an impact on Guterres’ search for new global momentum.

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Bonn brief

At interim climate talks, Brazil and the EU are clashing again over the future of carbon trading mechanisms – a fight negotiators say could make or break the Paris Agreement.

With Saudi Arabia still trying to keep 1.5C off the agenda, delegates are having to find creative ways to make space for the latest science.

The UK looks likely to win the presidency of next year’s climate summit, after confirming a deal with Italy. That still has to be endorsed by the Western Europe and Others group.

Senior reporter Chloé Farand has a run-down of five things to watch at this session. Natalie Sauer will be on the ground next week; tell her the gossip.

Climate conversations

As voices for the planet grow louder, UN Environment must respond – Inger Andersen

Not the backstop

Britain and Ireland may have intractable differences over Brexit, but when it comes to climate change, they’re amicably copying each other’s homework.

Ireland’s proposed climate law, to go to net zero emissions by 2050, draws heavily on the UK model, with a few adjustments.

Meanwhile UK lawmakers are planning a citizens’ assembly to steer the country’s own net zero path – a democratic experiment that proved fruitful across the Irish Sea.

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