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Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

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Donald Trump announced the US withdrawal from the Paris agreement on 1 June 2017. Photograph: Joyce N. Boghosian/White House Press Office

Cities, states and companies are taking their own steps on behalf of the planet. But their power to minimize Trump’s damage is limited

June 1, 2018 — Donald Trump barely had time to leave a sun-drenched Rose Garden after announcing the US exit from the historic Paris climate change agreement before the backlash began. Continue reading Paris deal: a year after Trump announced US exit, a coalition fights to fill the gap

Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

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‘Is the White House going to stop this advance? I don’t think so’ … Christiana Figueres. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

June 1, 2018 — Businesses are moving forward faster than ever on climate change despite the intransigence of US president Donald Trump, the former climate chief of the UN has said. Continue reading Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

‘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

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

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

California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

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California Gov. Jerry Brown holds a chart showing statewide average precipitation as he speaks during a news conference on January 17, 2014 in San Francisco. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Hit by record droughts and rainfall and wildfires, California leads the way in tackling global warming

May 14, 2018 — In 1988 – the same year Nasa’s James Hansen warned Congress about the threats posed by human-caused global warming – water expert Peter Gleick wrote about the wet and dry extremes that it would create for California: Continue reading California, battered by global warming’s weather whiplash, is fighting to stop it

It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

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‘Emissions from electricity have actually fallen but they haven’t fallen enough.’ Photograph: Bloomberg via Getty Images

The only thing close to climate change policy is the national energy guarantee. It’s not enough

May 14, 2018 — Late last Friday, the government quietly released the latest data on greenhouse gas emissions and, as has been the case since the ending of the carbon price, they show emissions are increasing. But the figures also highlight that the government’s Continue reading It’s no surprise emissions keep going up. There’s no price on carbon

Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future

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Flooded permafrost tundra in northeast Siberia. Hydrology is a key control on methane emissions in wetland and permafrost ecosystems. Credit: Joshua Dean

Methane is generally considered secondary to carbon dioxide in its importance to climate change, but what role might methane play in the future if global temperatures continue to rise

May 11, 2018 — The greenhouse gas, methane, is produced by both natural processes and human activities. While there has been much attention paid to curbing anthropogenic emissions, a changing Continue reading Methane, Climate Change, and Our Uncertain Future