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‘We were ecologists before the capitalists’: the gilets jaunes and climate justice

France’s worst civil unrest in decades was sparked by an anti-pollution tax, but are the gilets jaunes fighting against climate action?

EU leaders’ draft statement dismays climate campaigners

At a council meeting expected to be dominated by the UK’s attempts to leave the EU, leaders are expected to ignore recent pressure to raise the bloc’s climate targets

UK and Italy bid for 2020 climate talks, amid political uncertainty for both

Both countries face potential general elections and economic problems before the crucial Cop26 meeting and the UK may still be in a Brexit imbroglio

The Green New Deal: Finally climate policy informed by science

The proposal from Democrats is the most comprehensive response yet to the scientists’ warnings, to implement it would be realism, not radicalism

Climate Weekly: Youth bring hope

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‘We haven’t known a world without climate change’: school strikers demand safe future

In more than 100 countries, young people took to the streets in a challenge to their parents and politicians

Germany ready to join global coal phase-out alliance: environment minister

Now its coal commission has recommended a 2038 exit date, Germany can join a global alliance to end coal burning, Svenja Schulze tells Taz newspaper

Chile warns of 3-hour commutes, split venue at December climate talks

This year’s UN summit comes at a “highly congested” period in Santiago, the hosts say, but a plea to move it to January was overruled

UK Conservative politicians back ‘inspirational’ school climate strikers

Public opinion and government ministers back young people skipping school to protest climate inaction, in contrast to the prime minister’s early scepticism

US and Saudi Arabia block geoengineering governance push

Countries failed to agree on a Swiss resolution to consider regulating technologies that aim to cool the planet, at the UN Environment Assembly in Nairobi

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EU leaders’ draft statement dismays climate campaigners

At a council meeting expected to be dominated by the UK’s attempts to leave the EU, leaders are expected to ignore recent pressure to raise the bloc’s climate targets

‘We were ecologists before the capitalists’: the gilets jaunes and climate justice

France’s worst civil unrest in decades was sparked by an anti-pollution tax, but are the gilets jaunes fighting against climate action?

UK and Italy bid for 2020 climate talks, amid political uncertainty for both

Both countries face potential general elections and economic problems before the crucial Cop26 meeting and the UK may still be in a Brexit imbroglio

The Green New Deal: Finally climate policy informed by science

The proposal from Democrats is the most comprehensive response yet to the scientists’ warnings, to implement it would be realism, not radicalism

Climate Weekly: Youth bring hope

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

Germany ready to join global coal phase-out alliance: environment minister

Now its coal commission has recommended a 2038 exit date, Germany can join a global alliance to end coal burning, Svenja Schulze tells Taz newspaper

Chile warns of 3-hour commutes, split venue at December climate talks

This year’s UN summit comes at a “highly congested” period in Santiago, the hosts say, but a plea to move it to January was overruled

Brexit

Belfast’s bid to join UK environment law raises post-Brexit border issues

Adding Northern Ireland to the environment law adds pressure on London to keep its regulations in step with the EU’s

New UK green watchdog to be based on EU system, says Gove

‘Whatever else are the defects of the EU – that is a good working model,’ the environment secretary told MPs

UK bill would weaken environmental law after Brexit, legal experts tell MPs

The bill creates ‘get-out-of-jail-free cards’ for ministers and exposes the environment watchdog to government influence, they said

Ireland needs new oil and gas fields to ease reliance on Brexit UK, say drillers

Oil and gas explorers are gearing up to drill offshore Ireland in a bid to boost its energy independence from Britain

Irish energy industry calls for new links to Europe amid Brexit fears

Grid operator boss calls on Brussels to approve funding for a new electricity connection to France to avoid isolation from continent

In Ireland, Brexit proofing must mean climate proofing

Brexit has led to delays in climate action just at the moment when bold plans could soften the impact of the UK divorce, writes MEP Lynn Boylan

No deal Brexit to leave UK without green watchdog for two years – report

Changes to UK environment oversight and the Irish power market will not be set by 29 March, the Institute for Government said, and a crash out will leave no time to do so

MPs call to expand post-Brexit green programme across whole government

Indications that Britain’s new environmental watchdog will be government-funded raise questions about its independence, the National Audit Office said

Brexit

Climate Conversation

Capitalism can deliver the transformation the climate school strike demands

A letter to 16-year-old Greta Thunberg: ‘I’m a good-old institutionalised man… my generation can’t speak to power the way yours can’

Lessons from talking climate with Albertan oil workers

In Canada’s most oil-rich province, workers are more open to “diversification” than “transition” away from the industry they are proud to serve

Alberta’s oil production cut shows the Keystone XL protest worked

Widely dismissed as a symbolic victory in 2015, the blocking of a major pipeline project has forced Canada’s oil patch to limit its output, vindicating activists

Stalemate in Poland revealed central tension of Paris Agreement

Centralised governance is a thing of the past; a new era of climate diplomacy must find ways to accommodate national difference

Another dam fails in Brazil – Bolsonaro must not respond by gutting protections

Environmental regulations are not arbitrary hurdles for enterprise, if this government erodes them how many more people will be buried beneath the mud?

In the High Atlas mountains, the future hinges on water

In the villages of the Amazigh people, community collectives provide voice and solidarity in the face of multiple climate threats

Seven take-aways from the Green New Deal launch

Sweeping in scope, an agenda to transform the US into a green leader has been launched in Washington DC, here are the key points

WTO chief is in denial over climate impact of trade

Roberto Azevêdo says he hasn’t ‘seen one, single credible study’ showing environmental impact of trade. He could start with the WTO’s own work

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