Climate politics

Six big questions as Brazil’s new president heads to Davos

After months of rhetoric and speculation, what Jair Bolsonaro will actually deliver for Brazil’s people and the Amazon will hinge on these questions

Climate Weekly: NGO network fires chief for harassment

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Climate NGO chief Wael Hmaidan sacked over bullying, harassment of staff

Climate Action Network International terminates executive director after independent investigation finds ‘preponderance of evidence’ supporting complaints against him

The ‘laughing matter’ of Australia’s relationship with the Pacific

The Fijian PM used the Australian leader’s visit to call out his promotion of fossil fuels, showing Scott Morrison is on the wrong side in the Pacific as well as at home

Under fire, France’s ‘King Macron’ surveys nation on climate policy

After two months of disruption, the president seeks public input on four national issues, but gilets jaunes protestors are sceptical

Two Koreas build green cooperation

As part of broader thawing of relations, the north and south are working together in the fight against a tree-killing worm

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

Brazil downgrades climate diplomacy in Bolsonaro shake-up

Environment made subservient to “national sovereignty” in a foreign ministry restructure under climate sceptic Ernesto Araújo

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UK anti-pollution drive undermined by leaving EU, say campaigners

As he launches new restrictions on pollution secretary Michael Gove says Brexit is a chance to go greener, but NGOs worry the regulatory bite is missing

Stoke’s potteries backed remain, now they want May’s deal to reshape climate policy

As the PM visits the pro-Brexit heartland, the major industry, once overwhelmingly against leaving, sees an opportunity to lighten the burden of EU carbon pricing

Starmer: UK and EU green protections risk diverging under Brexit deal

Draft withdrawal agreement prompts calls for green watchdog to assume climate powers

UK called to explain no-deal Brexit impact on power prices

A House of Lords committee was unsatisfied by minister Claire Perry’s testimony last month

Brexit and Germany erode EU climate resolve

The departure of a heavyweight champion of tough climate measures comes as Germany wavers and Europe faces big decisions about future

EU has ‘strong’ interest in safeguarding post-Brexit energy supply – UK minister

Preparing for a no-deal break with the EU’s energy market is tricky because it depends on other countries, Claire Perry said

‘Unacceptable’: Scotland and Wales reject post-Brexit carbon tax plan

Two devolved governments attack ‘unilateral’ tax on carbon pollution proposed by UK if Brexit talks end with no deal

Brexit: Avoiding the nuclear fallout

UK government report card on replacing the EU’s atomic energy community shows progress, but no deal on March 29 still threatens power and medical supply


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¿Quién debería ser el campeon climático del 2019?

Al contar con la presidencia de la CMNUCC en 2019, Chile enfrenta enormes desafíos y tendrá que usar todas las herramientas disponibles, incluido el subutilizado rol de campeón climático.

Who should be 2019’s climate champion?

Chile faces huge challenges as 2019’s UN climate presidency, it will need to use every tool available, including the underused climate champion role

World leaders face test of climate commitment in 2019

After a technically successful but politically lacklustre climate summit last year, it is time to see which countries will heed scientific warnings and crank up ambition

As it happened: Final scramble for deal at climate talks in Poland

Reaction, news and analysis from the CHN team on the ground in Poland as negotiators reach the end of two weeks of talks

China open to ‘uniform’ climate rules, sidestepping old allies

Shift comes as EU and China hastily draft proposals to break an impasse on the toughest issues at UN climate talks in Poland

Sydney and Melbourne vow to ditch coal power

Australian cities joined global alliance to end coal-fired power, while the federal government proposes using taxpayer cash to underwrite new plants

Step up on climate or choose ‘immoral, suicidal’ path, says UN chief

Call by António Guterres was joined by Fiji’s prime minister, who said not succeeding on climate change would be “craven, irresponsible and selfish”

Saudi version of climate justice rejected by developing countries

Oil-rich country’s resistance to welcoming findings of science report on 1.5C warming has marked it out from poorer countries

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Indigenous peoples gain foothold in climate talks

At China’s request, the deal for indigenous and local input makes clear it will not infringe on state sovereignty

The US, still in the Paris Agreement, is trying to decide its future

As the White House hosts an event on fossil fuels, the state department is in Poland to make a deal that will shape the global accord

Climate science on 1.5C erased at UN talks as US and Saudis step in

In a moment of drama in Poland, countries closed ranks against a push by oil producers to water down recognition of the UN’s report on the impacts of 1.5C warming

Global alignment of climate plans pushed to 2041 in UN draft

Late start date for synchronising national climate plans shows complacency and risks dampening ambition, warn observers

The Paris Agreement rulebook explained

Vastly more complex than the Paris Agreement itself are the set of rules that will make it work

Poland calls for ‘solidarity’ with industrial workers in climate talks

Island leaders reacted strongly to the host country’s emphasis on workers, reminding them of their own dire predicament

Paris Agreement fight could push US out permanently, warn top Obama officials

A deal in Poland that draws a hard line between developed and developing countries may be unacceptable to future administrations – Democratic or Republican

Katowice brief: Who is the UN’s climate dealmaker?

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