Climate politics

Egypt names foreign minister Sameh Shoukry to lead Cop27 climate talks

Cairo gave a junior role to environment minister Yasmine Fouad and the top job to a career diplomat with no significant climate experience

What declining oil production looks like – Climate Weekly

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Germany ‘must triple pace of emissions cuts’ to meet 2030 target

Germany missed its climate targets in 2021 and the incoming “traffic light” coalition is promising a major policy package to turn things around

Make climate justice a resolution for 2022 – Climate Weekly

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EU lawmaker calls for carbon border tax revenues to boost climate finance

Support to clean up industries in least developing countries is necessary for the propose levy to comply with WTO rules, Mohammed Chahim argues

What to watch in 2022: critical moments and issues for climate diplomacy

An African Cop, landmark science reports and a long overdue biodiversity summit will shape the response to climate change this year

Nine must-read climate change stories of 2021 from around the world

From how Indonesia treats its Elon Musks to the aftermath of “unimaginable” flooding in Germany, here’s our pick of Climate Home’s best reporting this year

2021 in coal: China’s dirty recovery mars international finance crackdown

Global coal power generation reached an all time high in 2021, just as countries reached an elusive consensus to phase down the fossil fuel

Goodbye to 2021, you plague-ridden paradox – Climate Weekly

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EU values don’t impress Africa much – Climate Weekly

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UK government appoints Alok Sharma as Cop26 president

Prime Minister Boris Johnson appointed the former secretary of state for international development to lead the critical UN climate talks in November

Don’t shop till you drop: advice to UK citizens on net zero climate goals

UK holds ‘citizens’ assembly’ to seek ideas for cutting emissions to net-0 by 2050. But some participants doubt the government will listen

‘Miles off track’ – Climate Weekly

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UK walks diplomatic tightrope for 2020 climate summit after shaky start

Boris Johnson officially launched Cop26 on Tuesday but gave little indication as to how the government is going to leverage the world into taking bolder climate action

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

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EU climate package risks locking in gas use, campaigners warn

Under a proposed reform of the EU gas market, the industry gets to propose new gas and hydrogen infrastructure projects across the bloc

“It’s going to get bumpy!” – Papua New Guinea sparked final day panic at Cop26

The rainforest nation was threatening to block a deal in Glasgow over the status of Redd+ forestry projects in a UN carbon market

Oil and gas avoided censure in Glasgow for the 26th time. Let’s not make it 27

Investor and state-owned oil companies in the G20 find common cause in watering down climate ambition; we need to confront their influence

Laggards reject Glasgow pact’s 2022 call for new climate plans

Australia and New Zealand have already said that they do not plan to update their 2030 targets by the end of 2022

After tense huddles in Glasgow, countries strike ‘uncomfortable’ climate deal

The package agreed at Cop26 cites coal in a UN first and finalises the Paris Agreement rulebook, but is weak on finance for vulnerable nations

Egypt to host next climate summit, putting a spotlight on resilience

Activists are hopeful Egypt will champion climate justice when it hosts the 2022 UN climate summit in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh

Draft Glasgow pact calls on countries to submit new climate plans in 2022

Analysts welcomed draft language on closing the ambition gap as Cop26 negotiations get to the crunch point

A space is opening to discuss oil and gas exit at Cop26. Lobbyists are pushing back

Denmark and Costa Rica have launched an alliance in Glasgow to phase out oil and gas production, but few governments are ready to take on energy incumbents

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To close 1.5C gap, countries face call for another round of climate pledges by 2023

The Cop26 presidency is considering a proposal to strengthen ambition beyond the Glasgow summit, but it faces resistance from emerging economies

Turkey ratifies the Paris Agreement after approving a 2053 net zero goal

Documents agreed by parliament included a declaration that Turkey would implement the climate treaty as a developing country, despite its developed nation status

What is Cop26 and why does it matter? Your guide to the Glasgow climate summit

Following a two-year gap, countries are due to meet in the UK for UN climate talks in November. Here’s what is at stake

China, India miss UN’s extended deadline for climate pledges

110 parties to the Paris Agreement have submitted updated 2030 climate targets to be counted by UN Climate Change before Cop26, but some major emitters’ are still missing

US pledges to double international climate finance at Earth Day summit

Joe Biden made a start on restoring US climate credibility after four lost years, with finance and emissions pledges, but campaigners say more is needed

Climate watchers pay tribute to Nicaraguan envoy Paul Oquist, who died on Monday

The outspoken diplomat, who famously described the Paris Agreement as a “path to failure”, will be remembered as a complex figure who fought for justice

South Sudan plans to raise climate ambition amid ‘dire’ humanitarian crisis

The world’s newest country is seeking to expand renewable energy, tree planting and climate smart agriculture, but UK aid cuts threaten progress

The stakes for Cop26 couldn’t be higher – Climate Weekly

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