Climate politics

‘Four million’ join students in climate marches, building pressure on leaders

Organisers said record numbers marched in countries around the world, sending a clear message to politicians meeting in New York

Germany announces host of new measures to bring down CO2

Cross party deal set targets for every sector but was criticised for setting a low carbon price and failing to chart a course for net zero emissions

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Millions expected to make Friday climate protest the largest in history

Young people hailed for setting example as they prepare to be joined by parents, workers, trade unions, businesses and organisations

More than 100 countries applied for UN climate summit, half were rejected

Only leaders the UN views as having an ambitious new plan were offered a platform, with dozens failing to make the cut

China and India demand cash for climate action on eve of UN summit

World’s largest and fourth largest emitters said the onus remained on the countries historically responsible for climate change to move money

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Brexit must not distract from UK’s biggest job in 2020: the Glasgow climate summit

Next year’s climate talks are absolutely vital and as hosts the UK could determine whether the talks fail or succeed. The government must start preparing now

London bids to host 2020 UN climate talks to show UK remains ‘open’

Mayor Sadiq Khan writes to UK prime minster urging every effort to win the presidency of Cop26 in the face of a competing bid from Italy

UK and Italy bid for 2020 climate talks, amid political uncertainty for both

Both countries face potential general elections and economic problems before the crucial Cop26 meeting and the UK may still be in a Brexit imbroglio

Belfast’s bid to join UK environment law raises post-Brexit border issues

Adding Northern Ireland to the environment law adds pressure on London to keep its regulations in step with the EU’s

New UK green watchdog to be based on EU system, says Gove

‘Whatever else are the defects of the EU – that is a good working model,’ the environment secretary told MPs

UK bill would weaken environmental law after Brexit, legal experts tell MPs

The bill creates ‘get-out-of-jail-free cards’ for ministers and exposes the environment watchdog to government influence, they said

Ireland needs new oil and gas fields to ease reliance on Brexit UK, say drillers

Oil and gas explorers are gearing up to drill offshore Ireland in a bid to boost its energy independence from Britain

Irish energy industry calls for new links to Europe amid Brexit fears

Grid operator boss calls on Brussels to approve funding for a new electricity connection to France to avoid isolation from continent


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Aviation’s black box: Non-disclosure agreements, closed doors and rising CO2

CHN investigation discovers “heavy handed” methods used to restrict access to information at the International Civil Aviation Organisation

UN ‘very confident’ China plans to raise climate ambition

Two weeks ahead of a key summit in New York, lead official Luis de Alba raised expectations of a significant announcement from Beijing

Turkey withdraws bid to host 2020 UN climate talks, paving way for Glasgow

Ankara has been the final obstacle to the UK’s proposal, with Glasgow already named as the preferred site for the critical meeting

Ban flying to UN climate talks? That’s a dangerous idea

After Greta Thunberg sailed to a UN meeting in New York, some called for all climate diplomats to do the same. That would only disadvantage the most vulnerable

France and UK double pledges to UN green fund to $3.5bn

Announcements at the G7 meeting mean the countries join Germany and Norway with promises to double their initial contributions in the next funding round

China invites the US back to the table at Chile climate talks

Ahead of the UN climate talks in December, China pledges to support host Chile and insists on common ground with the US

Glasgow named to host 2020 UN climate summit

If the UK is approved to preside over Cop26, it will hold negotiations in Scotland’s largest city, the government announced

Niger shrinks major biodiversity reserve to allow Chinese oil exploration

One of the last havens for Saharan wildlife, including the endangered addax or white antelope, is being cut in half as CNPC plans to expand drilling

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Poor countries will hold the rich to account on climate finance

The major UN climate fund is running short of money, will rich countries live up to the promises they have given?

Pacific leaders set new bar by collectively declaring climate crisis

When regional giants Australia and NZ joined small islands at a recent leaders’ forum they produced the Pacific’s strongest-ever call to act on climate change

Pacific islands criticise Australia’s carbon accounting dodge

Island leaders called out the banking of old carbon credits to meet future climate goals, a trick Australia is relying on in the absence of carbon-cutting policies

Trade deal binds Brazil to Paris Agreement, says top EU official

‘President Bolsonaro chose, and came with us,’ said Cecilia Malmström, as she defended the EU deal with several South American nations

How Trump’s climate U-turn exposed the limits of European power

When the world needed someone to step up as a climate power broker, why did no-one think it would be the EU?

Russia to ratify Paris Agreement; Putin says wind power ‘shakes worms from ground’

Russia says it wants a seat at the climate negotiations table, but the president warned problems with renewable energy must be considered

Countries must address this major Paris Agreement blind spot

As countries meet in Abu Dhabi to discuss their climate pledges, they must draw up plans to end the production of fossil fuels, not just their consumption

Bonn climate talks end with Saudis and Brazil defiant

There was bloody-mindedness amid boiling temperatures in Bonn. Catch up with our essential wrap of the latest round of climate talks

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