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Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell has painted a stark picture of communities displaced by rising Arctic temperatures that are ‘washing away’ towns

April 31, 2016 — The Obama administration has warned the US will need to deal with a wave of “climate refugees” as the Arctic continues to warm, joining with the Canadian government to express alarm over how climate change is affecting indigenous communities. Continue reading Obama warns of ‘climate refugees’ due to rapid Arctic warming

Obama bans oil drilling along Atlantic seaboard

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The Transocean Polar Pioneer in April 2015 on its way to Alaska, where it was to drill for oil on behalf of Shell before the company scrapped the operation. Photograph: Daniella Beccaria/AP
Environmental groups call president’s reversal an outsize victory after backlash from communities that fear Gulf of Mexico rig disaster could happen again

March 15, 2016 — The Obama administration abandoned its plan for oil and gas drilling in Atlantic waters on Tuesday, after strong opposition from the Pentagon and coastal communities.

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Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau to join forces on climate change

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Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau (left) with US president, Barack Obama. The visit is seen as an important moment for Trudeau to break with the record of his Conservative predecessor. Photograph: Susan Walsh/AP
US and Canadian leaders expected to announce a series of common measures including methane emissions cuts and protections for rapidly warming Arctic

March 9, 2016 — Barack Obama and Justin Trudeau will commit to work together to fight climate change and protect an Arctic experiencing the mildest winter ever recorded, sources familiar with the initiatives said.

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Obama administration pays out $500m to climate change project

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Barack Obama at the Paris climate change talks in late 2015. His administration has pledged $3bn towards climate change projects. Photograph: Reuters
The first chunk of a $3bn commitment made at the Paris climate talks ‘shows the US stands squarely behind climate commitments’, the State Department said

March 9, 2016 — The Obama administration has made a first installment on its $3bn pledge to help poor countries fight climate change – defying Republican opposition to the president’s environmental plan.

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US clean power plan setback ‘will not affect Paris climate change deal’

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The ‘historic’ climate deal agreed in Paris in 2015 will not be affected by setbacks to the US clean power plan, the Obama administration says. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP
Politicians, businesses and campaigners from other countries rally to support Barack Obama after supreme court puts US flagship climate plan on hold

March 7, 2016 —The US commitment to cutting carbon emissions under the landmark Paris agreement remains unaffected by the setback delivered to President Obama’s climate plans by the country’s supreme court, the White House has said.

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