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Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

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Countries can fight climate change and keep warming below 1.5C if they take immediate measures, says the leaked UN draft report. Photograph: David Goldman/AP

IPCC says ‘rapid and far-reaching’ measures required to combat climate change

June 15, 2018 — The world is on track to exceed 1.5°C of warming unless countries rapidly implement “far-reaching” actions to reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft UN report leaked to Reuters. Continue reading Leaked UN draft report warns of urgent need to cut global warming

EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

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Straubenhardt windfarm, Germany (Pic: Flickr/Marco Verch)

The EU is near agreement on measures to put its 2030 climate target into action, with a meeting of energy ministers on Monday swinging towards more ambition

June 11, 2018 — New governments in southern Europe have pushed the needle of EU clean energy talks toward ambition. Continue reading EU closes in on clean energy package with Spain, Italy for higher targets

Global funds back desert solar to bring power to 250 million Africans

Villagers gathering in the Sahel Region, Burkina Faso. (Photo: Adam Jones)

Desert to Power project aims to expand solar power across the Sahel region, where electricity access remains critically low

May 31, 2018 — A quarter of a billion Africans could be provided with solar power from the desert, claim organizations behind a new partnership in the Sahel region. Continue reading Global funds back desert solar to bring power to 250 million Africans

China leading on world’s clean energy investment, says report

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China’s State Power Investment Corp operates the São Simão dam in Brazil. Credit: NASA/ISS.

China is by far the largest force in global clean energy development and its firms are increasingly looking abroad for opportunities, a new report says

January 9, 2018 — The report, released today by the US-based Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA), details the rising importance of China’s firms and investors for low-carbon projects outside the country. Continue reading China leading on world’s clean energy investment, says report

Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

the itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant
The Itaipu dam is the world’s second biggest hydroelectric power plant. Brazil gets more than 70% of its electricity from hydropower. Photograph: Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hydropower policy to be rethought in face of environmental concerns, indigenous sensitivities and public unease, says surprise government statement

January 4, 2018 — After swathes of forest clearance, millions of tonnes of concrete and decades of hydro-expansion, Brazil has raised hopes that it may finally step back from the construction of new mega-dams. Continue reading Brazil raises hopes of a retreat from new mega-dam construction

Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

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Response to Hurricane Harvey in Texas, US: rich countries are not immune from climate change impacts (Pic: Army National Guard/Lt Zachary West)

The Paris climate deal is based on pledges from 165 countries, but there are major omissions that need addressing before the next round in 2020

January 3, 2018 — The 165 national climate action plans submitted by countries to the UN climate negotiations are key to implementing the Paris Agreement. Continue reading Five big gaps in national climate plans – and how to close them

Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

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A new report by the Australian Council of Learned Academies says 50% renewable energy is possible without major investments in storage for reliability. Photograph: Dan Himbrechts/AAP

Chief scientist-commissioned report warns Australia risks missing global growth industry of energy storage because of ongoing policy uncertainty

November 19, 2017 — Australia’s power grid can reach penetrations of 50% renewable energy without a significant requirement for storage to support reliability, according to a new report commissioned by Australia’s chief scientist, Alan Finkel. Continue reading Renewables could reliably contribute 50% to power grid, says Finkel report

‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

white house officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled the role of cleaner and more efficient fossil fuels and nuclear power in climate mitigation
White House officials and business leaders appear at the event, titled The Role of Cleaner and More Efficient Fossil Fuels and Nuclear Power in Climate Mitigation. Photograph: Ronald Wittek/EPA

The US administration’s attempt to portray fossil fuels as vital to reducing poverty and saving US jobs is ridiculed in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — The Trump team was heckled and interrupted by a protest song at the UN’s climate change summit in Bonn on Monday after using its only official appearance to say fossil Continue reading ‘Tobacco at a cancer summit’: Trump coal push savaged at climate conference

Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

syria’s surprise decision to sign the paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war
Syria’s surprise decision to sign the Paris climate agreement comes against the background of a brutal civil war. Photograph: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

Syria’s decision means America will be the only country outside the landmark deal if it follows through with Donald Trump’s vow to leave

November 7, 2017 — Syria has decided to sign the Paris agreement on climate change, the world’s final functioning state to do so. The surprise decision, taken amid a brutal civil war in the country, will leave the US as the only country outside the agreement if it follows through on President Donald Trump’s vow to leave. Continue reading Syria signs Paris climate agreement and leaves US isolated

How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates

rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of rajghat
Rajesh stands beside a solar light installed in his home by a student group – one of two functioning lights in the entire village of Rajghat. Photograph: Michael Safi for the Guardian

India’s population and emissions are rising fast, and its ability to tackle poverty without massive fossil fuel use will decide the fate of the planet

November 6, 2017 — “It’s a lucky charm,” says Rajesh, pointing to the solar-powered battery in his window that he has smeared with turmeric as a blessing. “It has changed our life.” Continue reading How India’s battle with climate change could determine all of our fates