Climate politics

Canada’s climate change election – cheat sheet

Scandal-hit Justin Trudeau has put climate action at the centre of his re-election pitch. What are his Liberals, and their opponents, promising?

Extinction Rebellion eyes legal challenge after police ban protesters from London

The move prompted a group of politicians and campaigners to protest in Trafalgar Square in defiance of the ban

Green opposition wins Budapest mayoral election in blow to Orbán

Gergely Karácsony promised to declare a climate emergency in Hungary’s capital and likened his win to recent elections in Istanbul

Has Greta promoted peace? – Climate Weekly

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German rail company gets credit rating boost in response to climate law

In European first, Deutsche Bahn’s credit rating shifted from AA- to AA after government hit carbon-intensive transport with levies

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

Paralympian climbs onto plane as Extinction Rebels disrupt London airport

Vision impaired cyclist clambered atop BA flight, as protesters attempted to stop flights at London City Airport

UN climate talks must include cities, businesses or risk irrelevance

Cities, regional governments, businesses and investors have written to the next UN climate presidency calling for their place at the table to be renewed

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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

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


UN Climate Talks

EU VP nominee backs goal to cut CO2 by ‘at least 55% by 2030’

Frans Timmermans, who would oversee climate efforts, laid out his vision for every EU policy to be aligned with its carbon reduction targets

EU emissions scheme excluded from UN aviation offsets

UN aviation body rules that the impact of flying will be minimised using a single market system, excluding Europe’s carbon market and placing EU members under pressure

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

Time for accountability – Climate Weekly

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What does Greta Thunberg’s call for equity mean?

The Swedish activist has mentioned it in all her major speeches. Here’s how we can calculate the fair share of the burden of climate action

This is what the world promised at the UN climate action summit

Dozens of promises were made by governments, civil society and business. Accountability is the next step

It’s all about 2020 now – Climate Weekly

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‘New Bretton Woods’ needed to fix global system and climate: outgoing UN official

As she steps down from leading UN sustainable energy push, Rachel Kyte said global institutions must be rebuilt and aligned with action on climate change

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

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

Poor countries will hold the rich to account on climate finance

The major UN climate fund is running short of money, will rich countries live up to the promises they have given?

Pacific leaders set new bar by collectively declaring climate crisis

When regional giants Australia and NZ joined small islands at a recent leaders’ forum they produced the Pacific’s strongest-ever call to act on climate change

Pacific islands criticise Australia’s carbon accounting dodge

Island leaders called out the banking of old carbon credits to meet future climate goals, a trick Australia is relying on in the absence of carbon-cutting policies

Trade deal binds Brazil to Paris Agreement, says top EU official

‘President Bolsonaro chose, and came with us,’ said Cecilia Malmström, as she defended the EU deal with several South American nations

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?

Russia to ratify Paris Agreement; Putin says wind power ‘shakes worms from ground’

Russia says it wants a seat at the climate negotiations table, but the president warned problems with renewable energy must be considered

Countries must address this major Paris Agreement blind spot

As countries meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss their climate pledges, they must draw up plans to end the production of fossil fuels, not just their consumption

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