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At Least 800 Migrants Attempt To Cross Into Spain From Morocco

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The border fence which separates Morocco and Spain’s north African enclave of Ceuta is seen as it is illuminated, Spain, December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Juan Medina

Dozens of migrants made it to the top of the six-meter barbed wire fence early on Sunday before being lifted down by cranes

MADRID (Jan. 1, 2017) — At least 800 sub-Saharan African migrants tried to cross into Spain’s North African enclave of Ceuta from Morocco on Sunday by storming a border fence, though most were eventually turned back, the Spanish and Moroccan governments said.  Continue reading At Least 800 Migrants Attempt To Cross Into Spain From Morocco

Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

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READY FOR THE NEGOTIATORS. A general view taken on October 31, 2016 shows part of the site of the COP22 international climate conference in Marrakesh a week before the start of the talks. AFP/Stringer

As 15,000 negotiators, CEOs and activists from 196 nations gathered in Marrakesh settle in for the 12-day UN talks, all eyes are on the United States, where voting Tuesday November 8, could thrust climate denier Donald Trump into the White House

MARRAKESH, Morocco (Nov. 7, 2016) — Under an ominous shadow cast by the US presidential election, the world’s nations gather in Morocco Monday, November 7, to flesh out a landmark climate deal that promises to save humanity from itself.  Continue reading Climate rescue: UN talks get down to business

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

flags from different countries are displayed at the world climate change conference 2016 (cop22) in marrakech, morocco
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

Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

fossil fuel companies such as exxon mobil and rio tinto will be represented by groups such as the world coal association
Fossil fuel companies such as Exxon Mobil and Rio Tinto will be represented by groups such as the World Coal Association through their ‘observer status’. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Is it a conflict of interest to have representatives of coal and oil companies at the climate change discussions?

November 6, 2016 — As the world gathers in Morocco for the historic first meeting under the Paris agreement – called “COP22” but now also “CMA1” – it does so with the unprecedented Continue reading Marrakech climate talks: giving the fossil fuel lobby a seat at the table

What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal

55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks
They’re quiet now, but the 55 tents that will make up the site of the 2016 climate talks in Marrakech will host a cast of thousands for the next two weeks. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

The US presidential race is guaranteed to prove a distraction at the Morocco COP22 gathering, where action is on the agenda

November 5, 2016 — The Australian government takes a delegation to the United Nations climate change talks in Morocco starting Monday – two weeks that are sure to be dominated by, well, who knows?  Continue reading What’s in store at the Marrakech climate talks – and will Australia still back coal

Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow

workers build a thermosolar power plant at Noor II near the city of ouarzazate, morocco
Workers build a thermosolar power plant at Noor II near the city of Ouarzazate, Morocco, November 4, 2016. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

The huge 160-megawatt first phase of the Noor plant near the town of Ouarzazate contrasts with efforts by some other nations focused on tiny roof-top solar panels to bring power to remote rural homes

November 5, 2016 — On the edge of the Sahara desert, Morocco is building one of the world’s biggest solar power plants in a project largely funded by the European Union.  Continue reading Vast Moroccan solar power plant is hard act for Africa to follow

Paris climate pact enters into force, focus shifts to action

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Villagers watch the sunset over a small lagoon near the village of Tangintebu on South Tarawa in the central Pacific island nation of Kiribati May 25, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray/File Photo

We need to see unprecedented reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and unequaled efforts to build societies that can resist rising climate impacts

November 3, 2016 A landmark global accord to combat climate change officially entered into force on Friday, putting pressure on countries to start executing plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions to limit global warming.  Continue reading Paris climate pact enters into force, focus shifts to action

Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust global climate pact in 2030

steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal power plant
Steam rises from the cooling towers of the coal power plant of RWE, one of Europe’s biggest electricity and gas companies in Niederaussem, Germany, March 3, 2016. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

In 2030 will exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target

November 3, 2016 — Greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 will exceed by 12 billion to 14 billion tonnes what is needed to keep global warming to an internationally agreed target, the United Nations said on Thursday.  Continue reading Greenhouse gas emissions set to bust global climate pact in 2030

Australia being ‘left behind’ by global momentum on climate change

australia is heading to the meeting in Morocco without having ratified the Paris agreement
Australia is heading to the meeting in Morocco without having ratified the Paris agreement to limit global warming, which comes into force on Friday. Photograph: Christophe Petit Tesson/EPA

Climate Institute says the speed with which the Paris agreement has come into force has caught the country by surprise

November 3, 2016 — Australia’s lack of progress on climate change policy is increasingly at odds with global momentum and risks leaving Australia’s economy behind, according to a new report.  Continue reading Australia being ‘left behind’ by global momentum on climate change

Ramos to gov’t: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer

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CATASTROPHE. A ship is washed ashore on November 25, 2013, crushing houses in Tacloban, Leyte, after Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) swept over the central Philippines. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Former president Fidel V. Ramos wants President Rodrigo Duterte to approve the climate deal so the Senate may ratify it, because it would ‘advance the interests’ of Filipinos

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 30, 2016) — Former president Fidel Ramos urged the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to approve and ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, as any further delays would make Filipinos more prone to the effects of typhoons.  Continue reading Ramos to gov’t: Ratify climate deal or Filipinos will suffer