Climate politics

UAE plans to have it both ways as Cop28 climate summit host

The Gulf oil and gas exporter is going big on renewable energy investment and food security, while expanding hydrocarbon production

EU chief flags concerns about Biden’s ‘buy American’ climate plans

Ursula von der Leyen is mooting increased public support for EU cleantech industries, in response to the US’ Inflation Reduction Act

Brazil’s incoming government set to scrap gas pipelines and power plants

Marina Silva, tipped as the next environment minister, tweeted that the planned infrastructure would cost the country $22bn over four years

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Who should pay for loss and damage? Spoiler: not China

While there is a case for South Korea, UAE and Israel to join the donor pool, whichever way you measure it the US should pay more

The climate vulnerable are starting to roar

The Cop27 summit won a breakthrough for those on the frontlines of the climate emergency. Cop28 must herald the end of oil and gas

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Late-night fossil fuel fight leaves bitter taste after Cop27

After two grueling nights of overtime in Sharm el-Sheikh, the blame game began, with allegations of stonewalling and hypocrisy

Scientists warn data gaps must not block loss and damage

A shortage of weather stations across Africa shouldn’t stop climate victims accessing critical funds, scientists say

What was decided at Cop27 climate talks in Sharm el-Sheikh?

The Sharm el-Sheikh Implementation Plan made a breakthrough on support for climate victims, but avoided confronting the oil and gas sector

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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

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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-developing countries’ Cop27 deal offers hope to climate victims

In a breakthrough at Sharm el-Sheikh talks, the EU agreed to back a dedicated fund for climate-related loss and damage

Greenwash alert as Cop27 draft allows double claiming of carbon credits

Companies and countries could take credit for the same tonne of CO2 cut under rules being negotiated in Sharm el-Sheikh

China’s surprise visit to US-EU event hints at cooperation on methane

China, the world’s largest methane emitter, is yet to sign a pledge to reduce emissions of the greenhouse gas 30% by 2030

Cop27 tees up speed dating for climate investment deals

Sharm el-Sheikh talks are expected to approve a series of matchmaking events between investors, governments and project developers

Republican gains quash hopes of US delivering on climate finance

The results of the US midterm elections make it harder for president Joe Biden to meet his promise to developing countries

‘Complete contradiction’: Egypt burns dirtier fuel to sell more gas to Europe

The Cop27 host has increased its use of mazut, a heavy fuel oil, in power stations, despite its harmful impact on health and the environment

Cop27 bulletin: Xi, Biden thaw climate relations

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Biden and Xi unshackle Cop27 climate teams to formalise talks

Both presidents agreed on the G20 sidelines climate action was in their common interest, despite tensions over Taiwan’s status

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Brazil accused of backsliding in updated climate pledge to UN

While the Bolsonaro administration has nominally increased its 2030 target, a baseline shift allows Brazil to emit more than under its first Paris pledge

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

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