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‘Worst-case’ global warming scenario still best guide until 2050, study says

UN panel’s RCP8.5 scenario of sharply rising emissions matches trends since 2005, PNAS study says, rejecting criticisms it’s “alarmist”

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Covid-hit hajj guts Saudi plans to reduce reliance on oil revenues

Only a few thousand Muslims are attending this year’s pilgrimage, not the millions Riyadh needs for its ‘Vision 2030’ economic diversification plan

These women built a dam and saved their families from ‘man-made starvation’

While chronic drought and poor governance leave millions of Zimbabweans hungry, the women of Rumwanjiva can grow their own vegetables

Russia warns EU against carbon border tax plan, citing WTO rules

As Brussels gets serious about imposing levies on imports from polluting countries, Moscow argues such measures create unfair barriers to trade

For all its green talk, the IEA still gives comfort to oil and gas producers

Under Fatih Birol, the International Energy Agency leads talk of a green recovery, yet dodges hard questions about phasing out dirty energy

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Guterres confronts China over coal boom, urging a green recovery

China’s provinces have overseen a coal plant building spree in the first half of the year, in a bid to revive the Covid pandemic-hit economy

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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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The Amazon home of Bolsonaro’s mineral fantasy

Indigenous inhabitants of the region with the largest deposits of niobium in the world claim the right to decide what is done with the metal

Big nations aid fossil fuels more than clean energies amid pandemic, researchers find

US, Russia are among many G20 nations helping coal, oil and gas more than clean energy as part of recovery packages, a major study will show

Jamaica becomes first Caribbean nation to submit tougher climate plan to UN

Jamaica adds forestry and land use to updated climate plan and toughens goals for energy. UK, due to host UN talks, hails “greater climate ambition”

Airlines’ climate obligations postponed as UN body endorses industry proposal

A handful of countries on the council of the International Civil Aviation Organization agreed to change the rules to reduce the sector’s carbon costs

UK risks missing UN climate deadline, in headache for hosts of key summit

Britain’s timeline for developing a more ambitious climate plan has slipped, challenging diplomatic efforts to encourage other countries to raise their game

No UN climate talks to be held in 2020, as interim meeting postponed again

Health restrictions by the German authorities left no alternative but to defer negotiations planned for October, UN Climate Change said

UK aid and foreign ministry merger raises fears for politicisation of climate finance

The move puts Britain’s economic interests abroad above efforts to eliminate poverty and protect the most vulnerable, experts warn

Participation at Bonn climate talks could be limited to prevent coronavirus outbreak

Observers called for transparency and inclusion to be maintained at talks in Bonn, provisionally planned for October, when physical distancing measures could apply

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Japan to launch ‘green recovery’ platform and ministerial meeting

Environment minister Shinjirō Koizumi is seeking to boost international cooperation on climate change through the response to the coronavirus pandemic

Rwanda submits tougher emission-cutting plan to the UN

The Kigali government is the first in Africa to strengthen its commitment to emissions cuts by 2030 and ramp up its adaptation plan

No silver lining to coronavirus, but a golden opportunity

Rebuilding after the pandemic should be a moment to reset international governance, deepen global cooperation and restructure societies away from fossil fuels

German environment minister defends airline bailout, promises green recovery

The immediate priority is to protect workers, argued Svenja Schulze, resisting calls to impose green conditions on a €10 billion support package for Lufthansa

New Zealand sticks to 2030 climate target while waiting for 1.5C advice

In a submission to the UN on Earth Day, New Zealand communicated its plan to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 without enhancing its 2030 pledge

China may delay submitting climate plans amid economic slowdown

Beijing could wait for the results of the US presidential election in November before it announces an update to its climate plan

Japan’s woeful climate plan amounts to science denial

Japan reiterates past pledges for 2030 rather than mapping out a radical overhaul needed by the world’s fifth largest greenhouse gas emitter

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