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2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘co2’ in front of the neurath coal power plant ahead of the bonn climate summit
Activists hold giant balloons labeled ‘CO2’ in front of the Neurath coal power plant ahead of the Bonn climate summit. Photograph: Philipp Guelland/EPA

Data so far this year points to 2017 continuing a long-term trend of record breaking temperatures around the world, says World Meteorological Organization

November 6, 2017 — 2017 is set to be one of the hottest three years on record, provisional data suggests, confirming yet again a warming trend that scientists say bears the fingerprints of human actions. Continue reading 2017 set to be one of top three hottest years on record

Bonn climate talks will aim to meet goals laid out in Paris, says UN

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Children at the climate march prior to the opening session of the COP23 climate change conference in Bonn. Photograph: Wolfgang Rattay/Reuters

Delegates ‘do not have the luxury of lots of philosophical discussions’ but must focus on advancing the pledges set out in the Paris agreement

November 6, 2017 — The UN hopes to create an “operating manual” for implementing the Paris agreement on climate change, with talks in the next two weeks in Bonn. Continue reading Bonn climate talks will aim to meet goals laid out in Paris, says UN

Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

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Patricia Espinosa, the UN’s climate change chief, said that laws were one yardstick for tracking action on climate change. Photograph: Becker & Bredel/Getty Images

Legislation is ‘cause for optimism’ as big body of laws is hard to reverse

May 9, 2017 — Nations around the world have adopted more than 1,200 laws to curb climate change, up from about 60 two decades ago, a sign of widening efforts to limit rising temperatures, according to a new study. Continue reading Climate change laws exceed 1,200 worldwide, finds LSE study

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

Paris climate change agreement enters into force

the eiffel tower lit up during the paris climate talks
The Eiffel tower lit up during the Paris climate talks, referencing the 1.5C target that governments have agreed to pursue efforts to hold temperatures to. Photograph: Francois Mori/AP

Environment groups hail ‘momentous occasion’ but warn governments need to cut carbon emissions more steeply to avoid dangerous global warming

November 4, 2016 — The Paris agreement on climate change enters into force on Friday, marking the first time that governments have agreed legally binding limits to global temperature rises.  Continue reading Paris climate change agreement enters into force

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

China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle

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Beijing, China. The country’s coal consumption peaked in 2014 and began falling in what economists call a permanent trend. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Study by economists say achievement by world’s biggest polluter may be a significant milestone, rather than a blip

July 27, 2016 — The global battle against climate change has passed a historic turning point with China’s huge coal burning finally having peaked, according to senior economists.  Continue reading China’s coal peak hailed as turning point in climate change battle