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Paris climate deal: what was agreed and does it matter if US withdraws

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A message on the Eiffel Tower after Paris was chosen to host climate talks in 2015. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The US is the only country to argue that the accord demands too much of signatory nations

June 1, 2017 — The Paris climate pact agreed at the end of 2015 was a historic achievement after more than two decades of failed efforts to reach a global consensus on climate change. It became legally Continue reading Paris climate deal: what was agreed and does it matter if US withdraws

China’s Xi Jinping says Paris climate deal must not be allowed to fail

frequent smog in chinese cities has made tackling climate change a priority for beijing’s leaders
Frequent smog in Chinese cities has made tackling climate change a priority for Beijing’s leaders. Photograph: Wang Zhao/AFP/Getty Images

President says ‘we only have one homeland’ in a coded warning to Donald Trump not to dismantle the agreement

January 19, 2017 — The world must not allow the Paris climate deal to be “derailed” or continue to inflict irreparable damage on the environment, Chinese president Xi Jinping has said, amid fears the Continue reading China’s Xi Jinping says Paris climate deal must not be allowed to fail

Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

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Barack Obama has transferred a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund just three days before he leaves office. Photograph: Evan Vucci/AP

New instalment leaves $2bn owing, with Donald Trump expected to cease any further payments

January 18, 2017 — Barack Obama has heeded calls to help secure the future of the historic Paris agreement by transferring a second $500m instalment to the Green Climate Fund, just three days before he leaves office.  Continue reading Barack Obama transfers $500m to Green Climate Fund in attempt to protect Paris deal

Obama And Leonardo DiCaprio Warn There’s No Time Left For Climate Change Denial

US President Barack Obama speaks during a discussion on climate change with actor Leonardo DiCaprio (R) and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe (C) during the South by South Lawn (SXSL) festival at the White House on October 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks during a discussion on climate change with actor Leonardo DiCaprio (R) and climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe (C) during the South by South Lawn (SXSL) festival at the White House on October 3, 2016 in Washington, DC. / AFP / Mandel Ngan (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The president called out members of Congress “who scoff at climate change at the same time as they are saluting and wearing flag pins and extolling their patriotism.”

WASHINGTON (Oct. 3, 2016) ― President Barack Obama on Monday warned that Republicans in Congress who deny climate change contribute to a growing problem that he hoped to give more political urgency by emphasizing moral issues.  Continue reading Obama And Leonardo DiCaprio Warn There’s No Time Left For Climate Change Denial

15 years after 9/11, America in perpetual war

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Smoke pours from the twin towers of the World Trade Center after they were hit by two hijacked airliners in a terrorist attack September 11, 2001 in New York City. Robert Giroux/Getty Images/AFP

The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — The 9/11 attacks of 2001 forever changed America and upended its foreign and national security policy, leaving the country for the past 15 years in a war against jihadists – without ending the upheaval in the Middle East.
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United States marks 15th anniversary of 9/11

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A man photographs beams of light symbolizing the two World Trade Center towers the night before the 15th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States on September 10, 2016 in New York, New York. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil, which changed the world forever

NEW YORK, USA (Sept. 11, 2016) — The United States marks the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sunday, September 11, with solemn services to commemorate the victims of the deadliest terror strikes on US soil, which changed the world forever.  Continue reading United States marks 15th anniversary of 9/11

10 new Zika cases confirmed amid concern over US response

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Florida officials confirmed 10 new cases of Zika virus on Friday. Photograph: Patrice Coppee/AFP/Getty Images

Figure marks largest number of infections found on single day, with nearly 1,000 people infected with virus across country

July 3, 2016 — Florida health officials confirmed 10 new Zika infections on Friday, the largest number of infections found on a single day and a sign of the United States’ faltering response to a looming crisis. Continue reading 10 new Zika cases confirmed amid concern over US response

ISIS kills US service member in northern Iraq attack

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The service member is at least the third killed by enemy fire in Iraq since ISIS overran swathes of the country in 2014

BAGHDAD, Iraq (May 3, 2016) — The Islamic State (ISIS) group broke through Kurdish defences in northern Iraq on Tuesday, May 3. and killed an American servicemember deployed as part of the US-led coalition against ISIS. Continue reading ISIS kills US service member in northern Iraq attack

Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

April 31, 2016 — The Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities. Continue reading Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Obama declares disaster as Marshall Islands suffers worst-ever drought

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The Marshall Islands were one of the most vocal nations calling for a 1.5C limit to the global temperature increase at the Paris climate talks last year. Photograph: Alamy

The declaration will allow FEMA to provide emergency relief to the archipelago, which received just a quarter of its usual rainfall during November to February

April 28, 2016 — Barack Obama has declared the severe drought in the Marshall Islands a disaster, opening the way for emergency US funding for the Pacific island nation.  Continue reading Obama declares disaster as Marshall Islands suffers worst-ever drought