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Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

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UN climate talks will resume in Bonn on Monday (Photo:Axel Kirch/CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

China, India and other emerging economies are opposed to any mandatory raising of national climate pledges before 2020

November 3, 2017 — As negotiators from 195 countries head to Bonn, Germany, for annual climate talks, tensions are emerging over the timetable for raising ambition. Continue reading Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

UN talks lose climate champion El Haite after Moroccan royal censure

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Former Moroccan environment minister Hakima el Haite (Photo: UNFCCC/Flickr)

Influential diplomat will not take up her role mobilising private sector and regional action at summit beginning in Germany next week

November 3, 2017 — A leading diplomat who helped steer last year’s UN climate negotiations through the tumult of Donald Trump’s election will not take up her duties as talks resume in Bonn on Monday, after Morocco’s king placed her on a list of ‘negligent’ officials. Continue reading UN talks lose climate champion El Haite after Moroccan royal censure

UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

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Patricia Espinosa has been unable to obtain a meeting with the US state department. Photograph: Pablo Porciuncula/AFP/Getty Images

Global governance expert decries ‘snub’ of Patricia Espinosa as Trump administration considers whether to pull out of Paris climate deal

March 3, 2017 — The UN’s climate chief has been unable to secure a meeting with the US state department as Donald Trump’s administration mulls whether to withdraw the US from the international climate effort. Continue reading UN climate chief unable to secure meeting with US state department

After years of delay, climate talks face a new problem: speed

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Flags from different countries are displayed at the World Climate Change Conference 2016 (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, November 6, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

The immediate challenge for negotiators is that, by law, countries that have ratified the deal must start agreeing the rules to implement it at the next UN climate conference

LONDON (Nov. 6, 2016) — Efforts to build a new global deal to tackle climate change were for many years criticized for moving at a glacial pace. But this week climate negotiators meeting in Morocco find themselves facing an entirely new problem: a deal that, astonishingly, has come into effect more than three years ahead of schedule.  Continue reading After years of delay, climate talks face a new problem: speed

Preview: The UN’s COP22 climate talks in Marrakech

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Walls of Marrakech with mountains Credit: Getty Images

Climate change will once again become the focus of global diplomacy next week, as countries gather in Marrakech for the UN climate body’s (UNFCCC) 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22)

November 3, 2016 — In many ways, COP22 will be the nerdy friend to its glamorous Parisian predecessor. Last December, the world’s attention swivelled to France as rival nations finally cooperated to sign the first global climate deal.  Continue reading Preview: The UN’s COP22 climate talks in Marrakech

Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte – ‘Let us talk’

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‘I WILL NOT FOLLOW.’ President Rodrigo Duterte decries carbon emissions limitations as constrictive for developing countries like the Philippines. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Environmental groups and advocates urge the president to look at the vital role the Philippines plays in the global climate pact

MANILA, Philippines (July 21, 2016) — Let’s talk.

This is the message of several environment groups and advocates to President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, July 19, after his announcement that his administration will not honor the Continue reading Environmental groups, advocates to Duterte – ‘Let us talk’

View from Bangladesh, What next for the UN climate talks

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Inevitable losses of human lives, ecosystems and damage to infrastructure raises pressure on countries to agree a tougher climate compensation scheme

March 4, 2016 — The 2015 Paris Agreement has set in train global actions by all countries to reduce emission of greenhouse gases and prepare for the adverse impacts of climate change.

Continue reading View from Bangladesh, What next for the UN climate talks