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Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

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‘Is the White House going to stop this advance? I don’t think so’ … Christiana Figueres. Photograph: Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images

Christiana Figueres was also scathing of those who say it is inevitable that the global warming limit set out in the Paris agreement will be broken

June 1, 2018 — Businesses are moving forward faster than ever on climate change despite the intransigence of US president Donald Trump, the former climate chief of the UN has said. Continue reading Businesses will act on climate despite Trump, says ex-UN climate chief

Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2018 UN climate conference

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The Bonn climate change conference, 6 May 2018. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth

Over the past two weeks, more than 3,000 diplomats and observers have been in Bonn, Germany, to discuss how to bring the Paris Agreement on climate change to life when it enters force in 2020

May 11, 2018 — Each year, the Bonn “intersessional” falls midway between the annual conferences of parties (COPs), held in November or December, where ministers arrive to hammer out political disagreements. Continue reading Bonn climate talks: key outcomes from the May 2018 UN climate conference

Climate change aid to poor nations lags behind Paris pledges

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Rising sea levels – a direct effect of climate change through global human activity – affecting Eita village, in the Pacific Ocean republic of Kiribati. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket/Getty Images

Donor nations’ 2020 target of $100bn annual fund for adapting economies falls short by near 50% says Oxfam

May 3, 2018 — Finance for poor countries to help them reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and deal with climate change is lagging behind the promises of rich countries, an Oxfam report finds. Continue reading Climate change aid to poor nations lags behind Paris pledges

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

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Soyfields in Argentina, sustainable agriculture projects in South America have been struck down by the UK (Photo: Alfonso/Wikipedia)

Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’ — the rich are ‘renegotiating’ the Paris climate deal by trying to limit access for middle income countries to climate finance, it has been claimed

November 20, 2017 — Rich countries are blocking climate finance projects in middle income countries without justification, a powerful developing world group has claimed. Continue reading Rich countries ‘trying to turn climate funds into World Bank’

COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

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Representatives from Fiji perform a traditional ceremony, known as the Qaloqalovi, to open the meeting, 06/11/17. Photo by IISD/ENB | Kiara Worth.

Climate change was again placed at the centre of global diplomacy over the past two weeks as diplomats and ministers gathered in Bonn, Germany, for the latest annual round of United Nations climate talks

November 19, 2017 — COP23, the second “conference of the parties” since the Paris Agreement was struck in 2015, promised to be a somewhat technical affair as countries continued to negotiate the finer details of how the agreement will work from 2020 onwards. Continue reading COP23: Key outcomes agreed at the UN climate talks in Bonn

COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

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PASSING THE HAMMER. Salaheddine Mezouar (C-R), Moroccan Foreign Minister and President of COP22, hands over a symbolic hammer to Frank Bainimarama (C-L), Prime Minister of Fiji and President of the COP23, during the opening session of the COP23 United Nations Climate Change Conference on November 6, 2017 in Bonn, western Germany. Patrik Stollarz/AFP

The concern is more whether other leaders who were already reluctant to foreswear fossil fuels as the main engine of economic growth for their countries will lose resolve

BONN, Germany (Nov. 7, 2017) — Following a cascade of grim reports on the gathering pace of global warming, Fiji’s prime minister on Monday, November 6, appealed for “urgent action” on climate change at UN negotiations in Bonn. Continue reading COP23: Plea for ‘urgent action’ on climate shadowed by Trump

Mapped: Where multilateral climate funds spend their money

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The intense sunshine in the deserts of Rajasthan, India, is now being turned into solar power, thanks to a project by the Clean Technology Fund. Credit: Jitendra Parihar/Thomson Reuters Foundation/CIF Action (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0). Photo taken 14/04/2014.

In 2009, countries meeting in Copenhagen for the 15th UN climate conference set a new monetary goal

November 6, 2017 — They agreed that, by 2020, developed countries should be jointly “mobilising” $100bn a year to help developing countries tackle climate change. Continue reading Mapped: Where multilateral climate funds spend their money

4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

a woman picks up what's left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in eastern samar
AFTERMATH. A woman picks up what’s left of her belongings in the rubble after the floodwaters subsided in Eastern Samar. File photo by Franz Lopez/Rappler

Victims of natural disasters are vulnerable to trauma, as well as mental problems such as stress disorders, depression and general anxiety

AKLAN, Philippines (Nov. 5, 2017) — Four years since Super Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), most survivors still carry the emotional burden brought by the catastrophic disaster that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013. Continue reading 4 years after Yolanda, trauma still haunts typhoon victims

The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

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The people of Kiribati are under pressure to relocate due to sea-level rise. Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/LightRocket via Getty Images

Halting dangerous global warming means putting the landmark Paris agreement into practice – without the US – and tackling the divisive issue of compensation

November 5, 2017 — What is happening?

The world’s nations are meeting for the 23rd annual “conference of the parties” (COP) under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) which aims to “prevent dangerous Continue reading The COP23 climate change summit in Bonn and why it matters

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