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‘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

Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

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The UK Committee on Climate Change says target is currently ‘at the limit of feasibility’. Photograph: Alamy

Holyrood says ‘net-zero’ carbon emissions are ultimate aim but climate campaigners say target is disappointing

May 24, 2018 — New targets will set Scotland on course to become one of the first countries in the world to achieve a 100% reduction in carbon emissions, the Scottish government has claimed, although it has stopped short of committing to becoming carbon-neutral by 2050. Continue reading Scotland draft climate change bill sets 90%-by-2050 emission reduction target

‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

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There are over 2,500 polar bears in the coastal area that includes Labrador and northern Quebec, according to Environment Canada. Photograph: Danita Delimont/Getty Images/Gallo Images

Despite vanishing sea ice and shorter winters, Labrador’s polar bear population is among the healthiest in the world – and it could be thanks to the harp seals

May 24, 2018 — Guido Rich, 28, an Inuit hunter from Rigolet, Labrador, brings his Ski-Doo to a careful stop on the sea ice, mindful of the precious cargo it hauls: the body of an 800lb male polar bear. It takes Rich and two other men to roll the animal off the sled and on to the ice, while his wife and young children watch. Continue reading ‘They’re everywhere’: has the decline of the seal hunt saved the polar bear

Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

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The Congolese rainforest is under pressure from demand for fuel, farmland and timber (Pic: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR)

International donors have frozen funding to conserve the world’s second largest rainforest, with the DRC environment minister said to have gone “rogue”

May 24, 2018 — A major forest protection scheme in the Democratic Republic of Congo is in turmoil, amid a standoff between the country’s environment ministry and international donors. Continue reading Norway at loggerheads with DR Congo over forest protection payments

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

Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

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The Masbate provincial government will no longer authorize the development or operation of any coal-fired power plant

MANILA, Philippines – Masbate, one of the oldest settlements in the Philippines, is no longer allowing the use of coal as a source of energy in a bid to limit its carbon output. Continue reading Masbate bans coal-fired energy projects

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

Global warming made Hurricane Harvey more destructive

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The NOAA/NASA Suomi NPP satellite captures an infrared image of Hurricane Harvey just prior to making landfall on August 25, 2017 along the Texas coast. Photograph: Handout/Getty Images

Hot oceans fueled Hurricane Harvey, generating more intense rainfall

May 23, 2018 — Last summer, the United states was pummeled with three severe hurricanes in rapid succession. It was a truly awesome display of the power of weather and the country is still reeling from the effects. In the climate community, there has been years of Continue reading Global warming made Hurricane Harvey more destructive

Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave

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Residents sleep on the pavement in Karachi to escape the heat and frequent power outages. Photograph: Akhtar Soomro/Reuters

Charity says at least 65 people have died in Pakistani city as temperatures exceed 40°C

May 22, 2018 — An intense heatwave across south Asia has killed dozens of people with sustained temperatures in excess of 40°C (104°F) coinciding with power cuts and Ramadan, when many Muslims avoid eating or drinking water. Continue reading Death toll climbs in Karachi heatwave

Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank

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An activist pushes a giant ball with the words, ‘toxic tonnes’ during a protest over carbon pricing reforms outside the European Parliament in Brussels. Photograph: François Lenoir/Reuters

Development of major new markets in China and reforms in Europe have provided a crucial boost as countries look at tools to cut carbon and meet their Paris climate targets

May 22, 2018 — Global carbon markets have been revived from the brink of collapse as, after years , recent developments have provided a much-needed boost, according to a new report from the World Bank. Continue reading Carbon markets back from the brink of collapse, says World Bank