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Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

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Poor People’s Campaign holds a protest on Capitol Hill to demand healthcare and a healthy environment. 04 June 2018. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The Poor People’s Campaign, which revived King’s anti-poverty efforts, is taking a modern focus on the environment after the Flint crisis

June 11, 2018 — The Poor People’s Campaign’s attempt to stage a “moral revival” across dozens of US states echoes much of its 1968 antecedent – a guttural cry to shake America from a miasma of racism, poverty and militarism. But the modern version has also opened up a new battleground – the environment. Continue reading Activists channel Martin Luther King with new national climate campaign

‘We can’t see a future’: group takes EU to court over climate change

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Maurice Feschet, 72, a lavender farmer from Provence, says he lost 44% of his harvest in six years because of climate change. Photograph: Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Litigants from eight countries claim EU institutions are not protecting fundamental rights

May 24, 2018 — Lawyers acting for a group including a French lavender farmer and members of the indigenous Sami community in Sweden have launched legal action against the EU’s institutions for failing to adequately protect them against climate change. Continue reading ‘We can’t see a future’: group takes EU to court over climate change

What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

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The United Nations climate summit, which took place in Germany this month, saw slow but steady progress on setting up the rules to implement the Paris Agreement. Here is a comprehensive summary of the technical UN climate talks

BONN, Germany (May 23, 2018) — Two weeks, 3,000 diplomats, and hundreds of informal notes.

During the past two weeks, the United Nations (UN) intersessional climate negotiations in Bonn, Germany set out to formulate the “rules” needed to implement the Paris Agreement. Continue reading What went down at 2018 Bonn climate talks

Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

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Dunlaw Wind Farm at Soutra Hill North in the Scottish Borders. The US president has claimed that climate action is too costly. Photograph: Murdo Macleod for the Guardian

Almost all nations would benefit economically from keeping global warming to 1.5°C, a new study indicates

May 23, 2018 — Achieving the toughest climate change target set in the global Paris agreement will save the world about $30tn in damages, far more than the costs of cutting carbon emissions, according to a new economic analysis. Continue reading Hitting toughest climate target will save world $30tn in damages, analysis shows

Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

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The Basic ministers met in Durban, South Africa (Photo: Twitter/@environmentza)

Ministers from China, Brazil, South Africa and India want to see more action from the rich world, in a critical year for writing the rules of the Paris Agreement

May 21, 2018 — The biggest future carbon emitters continue to raise the heat on the polluters of the past. Continue reading Emerging economies say rich countries must still lead on climate action

UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

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A series of government pledges have little or no detail on how they will be delivered, the Committee on Climate Change said.
Photograph: Marcin Rogozinski/Alamy

Vague ambitions, such as banning new petrol cars by 2040, must be turned into solid plans, says the Committee on Climate Change

January 17, 2018 — The UK will miss its legally binding carbon targets without urgent government action, official advisers have warned. Continue reading UK to miss legal climate targets without urgent action, official advisers warn

International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

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Angela Merkel (Pic: European People’s Party/Flickr)

Reports Berlin will abandon its ambitious carbon-cutting goal with two years to go are “disheartening” and “problematic”, say observers

January 10, 2018 — Germany’s reputation as a green leader is slipping, after reports this week the putative government will give up on meeting its 2020 emissions target. Continue reading International dismay at Germany’s 2020 climate target lapse

Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

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Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, US: rich countries are not immune from climate change impacts (Pic: Army National Guard/Lt Zachary West)

The Paris climate deal is based on pledges from 165 countries, but there are major omissions that need addressing before the next round in 2020

January 3, 2018 — The 165 national climate action plans submitted by countries to the UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the Paris Agreement. Continue reading Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

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STEP UP EFFORTS. In this file photo, negotiators await the final announcement during the COP21 in Paris, France in 2015. Photo by Arnaud Bouissou/MEDDE

With the current emission reduction targets set us on a pathway to 2.7-3.1 degrees Celsius, the report illustrates the urgent need for country leaders to step up their efforts to reach the targets set in the Paris climate agreement

MANILA, Philippines (Dec. 3, 2017) — The climate battle is an uphill trek. With our current commitments to reduce our carbon emissions, we are not on track to achieve the principal aim of the Paris climate agreement: keeping global temperature rise to well below 2 degrees Celsius, while pursuing 1.5 degrees Celsius. Continue reading Paris climate deal bound to fail with current commitments

We are [not] still in: can the world ever trust US again on climate

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Inside the ‘ice cave’ of the US Climate Action Center, on the sidelines of UN negotiations in Bonn, companies and subnational leaders pledged to act despite their president’s stance (Pic: twitter/We Are Still In)

The US has always been an unreliable actor on climate change. This month’s sideshow to UN talks in Bonn only emphasised its internal conflicts

November 23, 2017 — Entering the white domes of the US Climate Action Center at UN climate change negotiations in Bonn, Germany this month was a surreal experience. Continue reading We are [not] still in: can the world ever trust US again on climate