Climate politics

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘We have achieved nothing’

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Irresistible Greta Thunberg meets immovable UN climate talks

Youth march on Madrid to demand real action, while diplomats remain deadlocked over climate rules and big emitters stay silent

Attempt to align global climate plans fails

No consensus could be found on whether new climate pledges should last five years, ten years or a mix of both as countries meet at UN talks in Madrid

Denmark adopts climate law to cut emissions 70% by 2030

New law binds Denmark to international climate process, including climate finance to developing countries

Chile delays emissions goal boost at its own UN climate talks

The presidency of Cop25 had planned to mark the conference by taking a leading role in raising ambition, but that announcement is now expected in 2020

One of the world’s biggest emitters is trying to fly under the radar at Cop25

Australia is the third biggest fossil fuel exporter, has high emissions and plans to use a loophole to meet its pledges. Don’t let them stay in the background

Cop25 Bulletin: The political feedback loop

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We really may have just 11 years to save the climate

As the crisis becomes dominated by urgent survival needs, the political window to prevent further climate change will close

Latest climate politics

Brexit

UK leaders debate climate, with Boris Johnson replaced by ice sculpture

Leaders of most major parties presented their ideas for meeting tough climate goals, but the Conservative prime minister declined

Brexit must not distract from UK’s biggest job in 2020: the Glasgow climate summit

Next year’s climate talks are absolutely vital and as hosts the UK could determine whether the talks fail or succeed. The government must start preparing now

London bids to host 2020 UN climate talks to show UK remains ‘open’

Mayor Sadiq Khan writes to UK prime minster urging every effort to win the presidency of Cop26 in the face of a competing bid from Italy

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

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

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UN Climate Talks

Businesses need strong climate policy as they aim for net-zero 

Corporate leaders across the world are calling on governments to support their efforts by providing clear, ambitious plans to cut emissions

Cop25 Bulletin: A rare press conference

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Cop25 Bulletin: ‘Thank you for being insane’

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‘Common timeframes’: How they could speed or slow climate action

Russia and Japan want ten years. Vulnerable countries want five. Why the alignment the world’s climate plans is a contest of ambition

The UK must steer the Paris Agreement out of its ‘perilous decade’

Demands for action are outstripping political will. The diplomatic task of bridging the expectations gap falls to the hosts of next year’s climate talks

Cop25 bulletin: Tuesday 3rd December

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Loss and damage: Who pays for the impacts of the heated Earth?

The current system for accounting for loss and damage from climate change is contentious and up for review at UN talks in Madrid

In a climate emergency, there must be compensation for victims

With impacts spreading, declarations of climate emergency are worthless unless those making them help the afflicted

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What is Article 6? The issue climate negotiators cannot agree

It has proven the hardest part of the Paris Agreement to create rules for, with warnings a weak decision could undermine the accord. Now it will dominate UN talks in Madrid

Madrid climate talks to split nations into vanguard and laggard

In the wings of the Cop25 talks, hosts Spain and Chile will push governments to join a coalition of progressive nations pledging to raise their targets

German ministers urge EU to take leading role at Cop25

Environment minister Svenja Schulze called on the EU to increase its climate ambition and lead by example

US will keep seat at climate talks after it leaves Paris deal

Formal withdrawal process could begin within days, but current and former diplomats say US will continue to influence global rulemaking on climate change

Australia admits it is on its own using cringe carbon loophole

Governments need to agree the rules over how to use carbon markets to cut emissions, but they shouldn’t take their eyes off Australia’s brash side hustle

Brazil fights attempt to cancel its old carbon credits

Credits from an old regime could undermine the Paris climate agreement, but negotiations ended in stalemate after the biggest holders dug in their heels

EU agrees to ‘update’ Paris climate pledge

Ministers watered down proposed language after opposition from ten member states, some of which are seeking financial support to cut emissions

Net zero: the story of the target that will shape our future

The ‘lionesses’ who changed the way we measure climate ambition

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