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Push for carbon loopholes sends climate talks into overtime

Australia, US and Brazil threatening ‘spirit’ of the Paris Agreement, says Costa Rican minister, as fractious talks could drag into the weekend

Australia and Brazil carbon credits will put 1.5C out of reach, 22 countries say

Group led by Costa Rica publishes ‘minimum’ standards for carbon markets that rule out double counting and use of Kyoto-era credits

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘Our own pace’

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Carbon markets will not help stop climate change

Trading carbon is widely said to make emissions cuts cheaper. But for whom? And why is it dominating climate diplomacy in Madrid?

EU agrees ‘climate neutral’ target for 2050, but Poland stands alone

‘Common goal’ agreed, but Poland refused to commit to ‘implement’ the target. EU also seeking to update its 2030 target next year

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘New or updated’

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Largest countries silent as world seeks action on climate

Push to gain new commitments from large polluters largely fails as hopes for climate ambition at Cop25 narrow to a single line of text

The EU releases its Green Deal. Here are the key points

Europe’s bid to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 will aim for a just, rapid shift away from high polluting industries and technologies

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘We can’t promise you sunshine’

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US seeking further block on compensation for climate damage

US proposal would also allow country to remain eligible to sit on governing committee of ‘loss and damage’ talks after it leaves Paris deal

The legacy of Xie Zhenhua, minister who transformed China’s climate policy

The retired minister oversaw a shift from defending China’s ‘right to emit’ to become a key creator of the Paris Agreement

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This is what the world promised at the UN climate action summit

Dozens of promises were made by governments, civil society and business. Accountability is the next step

Growing anti-coal alliance could become non-proliferation treaty for fossil fuel

With the addition of coal-dependent Germany and Slovakia, the powering past coal alliance may start a new, normative era of climate governance

‘New Bretton Woods’ needed to fix global system and climate: outgoing UN official

As she steps down from leading UN sustainable energy push, Rachel Kyte said global institutions must be rebuilt and aligned with action on climate change

The UN asked for climate plans. Major economies failed to answer

Delivering on a goal of net zero emissions is a ‘daunting’, ‘civilisational’ task, which a summit on Monday showed leaders do not have plans to meet

‘We will not forgive you’: Greta Thunberg’s speech to leaders at UN – video

Swedish activist addresses world leaders at the UN climate action summit in New York

Maersk aims for zero emissions vessels by 2030

Efficiency measures can only keep pollution standing still, not bring it down. But making clean shipping a commercial reality in a decade remains huge challenge

The UN climate action summit – as it happened

Updates as leaders lay out their plans to tackle the climate crisis

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Australia and Brazil carbon credits will put 1.5C out of reach, 22 countries say

Group led by Costa Rica publishes ‘minimum’ standards for carbon markets that rule out double counting and use of Kyoto-era credits

Push for carbon loopholes sends climate talks into overtime

Australia, US and Brazil threatening ‘spirit’ of the Paris Agreement, says Costa Rican minister, as fractious talks could drag into the weekend

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘Our own pace’

Sign up to receive this bulletin in your inbox each morning of these critical talks – plus you’ll get Climate Weekly… every week of the year

Carbon markets will not help stop climate change

Trading carbon is widely said to make emissions cuts cheaper. But for whom? And why is it dominating climate diplomacy in Madrid?

EU agrees ‘climate neutral’ target for 2050, but Poland stands alone

‘Common goal’ agreed, but Poland refused to commit to ‘implement’ the target. EU also seeking to update its 2030 target next year

Cop25 Bulletin: ‘New or updated’

Sign up to receive this bulletin in your inbox each morning of these critical talks – plus you’ll get Climate Weekly… every week of the year

Largest countries silent as world seeks action on climate

Push to gain new commitments from large polluters largely fails as hopes for climate ambition at Cop25 narrow to a single line of text

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The UN climate talks can tackle fossil fuels head-on: here’s how

The UN process has largely ignored the production of fossil fuels. That can, and must, change

One of the world’s biggest emitters is trying to fly under the radar at Cop25

Australia is the third biggest fossil fuel exporter, has high emissions and plans to use a loophole to meet its pledges. Don’t let them stay in the background

We really may have just 11 years to save the climate

As the crisis becomes dominated by urgent survival needs, the political window to prevent further climate change will close

Businesses need strong climate policy as they aim for net-zero 

Corporate leaders across the world are calling on governments to support their efforts by providing clear, ambitious plans to cut emissions

‘Common timeframes’: How they could speed or slow climate action

Russia and Japan want ten years. Vulnerable countries want five. Why the alignment the world’s climate plans is a contest of ambition

The UK must steer the Paris Agreement out of its ‘perilous decade’

Demands for action are outstripping political will. The diplomatic task of bridging the expectations gap falls to the hosts of next year’s climate talks

Loss and damage: Who pays for the impacts of the heated Earth?

The current system for accounting for loss and damage from climate change is contentious and up for review at UN talks in Madrid

In a climate emergency, there must be compensation for victims

With impacts spreading, declarations of climate emergency are worthless unless those making them help the afflicted

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