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Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

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UN climate talks will resume in Bonn on Monday (Photo:Axel Kirch/CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)

China, India and other emerging economies are opposed to any mandatory raising of national climate pledges before 2020

November 3, 2017 — As negotiators from 195 countries head to Bonn, Germany, for annual climate talks, tensions are emerging over the timetable for raising ambition. Continue reading Tensions emerge over timetable for raising climate ambition

UN talks lose climate champion El Haite after Moroccan royal censure

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Former Moroccan environment minister Hakima el Haite (Photo: UNFCCC/Flickr)

Influential diplomat will not take up her role mobilising private sector and regional action at summit beginning in Germany next week

November 3, 2017 — A leading diplomat who helped steer last year’s UN climate negotiations through the tumult of Donald Trump’s election will not take up her duties as talks resume in Bonn on Monday, after Morocco’s king placed her on a list of ‘negligent’ officials. Continue reading UN talks lose climate champion El Haite after Moroccan royal censure

Extreme El Niño events more frequent even if warming limited to 1.5C – report

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The risk of extreme El Niño events would rise from five events per century to 10 by 2050 under a scenario that presumes warming peaks at 1.5C by that year. Photograph: Alamy

Modelling suggests Australia would face more frequent drought-inducing weather events beyond any climate stabilisation

July 25, 2017 — Extreme El Niño events that can cause crippling drought in Australia are likely to be far more frequent even if the world pulls off mission improbable and limits global warming to 1.5°C. Continue reading Extreme El Niño events more frequent even if warming limited to 1.5C – report

Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought

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Participants looks at a screen projecting a world map with climate anomalies during the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21). Photograph: Stephane Mahe/Reuters

How we define “pre-industrial” is important

July 24, 2017 — In the Paris climate treaty, nearly every world country agreed to try and limit global warming to no more than 2°C above pre-industrial temperatures, and preferably closer to 1.5°C. Continue reading Study: our Paris carbon budget may be 40% smaller than thought