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‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty

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Stone crushers in India Credit: Getty Images

The role of coal in poverty reduction is contentious. The Overseas Development Institute’s recent Beyond Coal report argues that better options are available, namely, that coal has been given too much credit for past progress and that more coal will entrench poverty, not relieve it

November 5, 2016 — Carbon Brief spoke to Daniel Kammen, one of the contributors to the report, about the findings. Kammen is professor of energy at the University of California, Berkeley, and science envoy to US secretary of state John Kerry.  Continue reading ‘Coal doesn’t benefit the poor’: Dan Kammen on energy access and poverty

Kerry and Duterte discuss Paris climate agreement

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COURTESY CALL. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with US Secretary of State John F. Kerry during a courtesy call at the Malacañang Palace on July 27, 2016. Photo by King Rodriguez/PPD

Kerry explains aspects of the Paris climate deal to Duterte who says he is willing to follow the agreement ‘as long as everything is fair,’ says Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella

MANILA, Philippines (July 28, 2016) — President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial remarks on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change were discussed during his meeting with US Secretary of State John Kerry.  Continue reading Kerry and Duterte discuss Paris climate agreement

John Kerry, HFCs are a critical piece of the climate puzzle

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John Kerry (Pic: Flickr/State Department)

US Secretary of State tells envoys at Montreal Protocol talks in Vienna their moment to contribute to a global warming solution has come

July 22, 2016 — Week after week, month after month, year after year, we continue to see new evidence of the danger climate change poses to our planet. Last year was the hottest in recorded history – by far – but 2016 is on track to be even hotter.  Continue reading John Kerry, HFCs are a critical piece of the climate puzzle

World powers ready to arm Libya in fight against ISIS

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TALKS ON LIBYA. Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh (R) listens to US Secretary of State John Kerry (L), during a bilateral meeting in Vienna, Austria, 16 May 2016. EPA/LEONHARD FOEGER / POOL

The Vienna conference is being co-chaired by the United States and Italy. More than 20 top diplomats are set to attend the meeting.

VIENNA, Austria (May 16, 2016) — World powers said Monday, May 16, they supported the lifting of an arms embargo on Libya and were ready to supply weapons to the country’s new unity government to help it fight the growing threat posed by the Islamic State group. Continue reading World powers ready to arm Libya in fight against ISIS

Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

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Syrian men ride a motorbike past damaged buildings in the rebel-held Bustan al-Qasr district in eastern Aleppo, on May 4, 2016. Karam al-Masri/AFP

As relieved civilians went out onto the streets after two weeks of heavy fighting in the divided city, others were attacked further west

ALEPPO, Syria (May 6, 2016) — Air strikes killed at least 28 civilians Thursday, May 5, in a camp for the displaced in northern Syria near the Turkish border as a 48-hour ceasefire took hold in Aleppo. Continue reading Air strikes on Syria displaced camp kill 28

Countries with about half of global emissions to join this year

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US secretary of state John Kerry holds his granddaughter as he signs the Paris climate agreement. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

At least 34 countries representing 49% of greenhouse gas emissions formally joined the agreement, bringing it ‘within striking distance’ of entering into force

April 25, 2016 — The White House has said countries accounting for about half of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions would join the Paris climate agreement this year, bringing the agreement “within striking distance” of entering into force.

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Governments vow to end fossil fuel era at UN climate signing

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The US secretary of state, John Kerry, holds his granddaughter for the signing of the accord at the United Nations Signing Ceremony for the Paris Agreement climate change accord in New York. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Representatives of more than 170 countries endorse Paris agreement to cut carbon emissions, with France’s president saying: ‘There is no turning back’

April 22, 2016 — More than 170 governments declared an end to the fossil fuel era on Friday, using the signing ceremony for the landmark Paris agreement as an occasion to renew their vows to fight climate change.

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US, ISIS carrying out ‘genocide’

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JOHN KERRY. US Secretary of State John Kerry listens to US President Barack Obama addressing the Chief of Missions Conference in the Dean Acheson Auditorium at the Harry S Truman State Department building in Washington, DC, USA, March 14, 2016. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/EPA
Secretary of State John Kerry makes the proclamation after Congress demanded Washington recognize that the group seeks to exterminate religious minorities

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (Mar. 18, 2016) — The United States declared on Thursday, March 17, that the Islamic State (ISIS or Daesh) group’s slaughter of Christians, Yazidis and Shiites amounts to a genocide and vowed to halt it.

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ISIS blasts kill more than 140 as US, Russia press Syria truce

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TRIAGE. A handout picture made available by the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) shows wounded Syrians receiving medical care at a hospital in Damascus, Syria, February 21, 2016. SANA/Handout/EPA
US Secretary of State John Kerry says a provisional deal has been reached on the terms of a truce in Syria’s brutal 5-year conflict, only for the bloodshed to intensify on the ground

SAYYIDA ZEINAB, Syria (Feb. 22, 2016) — A string of suicide bombings near a Shiite shrine outside Syria’s capital and in Homs claimed by jihadists killed at least 142 people Sunday, February 21, as Washington and Moscow worked to secure a ceasefire.

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Refugee crisis ‘a near existential’ threat to Europe

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KERRY IN MUNICH. US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks at the 52nd Security Conference in Hotel Bayrischer Hof in Munich, Germany, on February 13, 2016. Sven Hoppe/EPA
Kerry on the refugee influx: ‘We are not saying, ‘This is your problem, not ours’. This is our problem’

MUNICH, Germany (Feb. 13, 2016) — The mass influx of refugees and other migrants into Europe spells a “near existential threat” to the continent, US Secretary of State John Kerry said on Saturday, February 13.

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