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It's not all bad news at Bonn – with low carbon precincts, living infrastructure and urban networks, cities are leading the charge against climate change.
Children march at the welcoming ceremony of the Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn, Germany.
As delegates meet in Bonn for the latest rounds of climate talks, civil society, NGOs, cities, regional governments and businesses, are stepping up to work together toward climate goals.
Transportation is the biggest contributor to greenhouse gases by sector. Converting the U.S. fleet to cleaner electric vehicles would likely take decades.
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What if the world really got serious about meeting global climate goals? Doing the math on current emissions and the pace of energy transitions shows how quickly fossil fuels need to be phased out.
COP 22 President Salaheddine Mezouar from Morocco, right, hands over a gavel to Fiji’s prime minister and president of COP 23 Frank Bainimarama, left, during the opening of the U.N. Climate Change Conference in Bonn, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017.
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Although climate change threatens the world's small island nations, many can find ways to adapt and preserve their homes and cultures – especially if wealthy countries cut emissions and provide support.
Climate fight: a traditional Fijian warrior poses at the UN climate summit in Bonn.
To many people, island nations such as Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Marshall Islands are synonymous with climate catastrophe. But prophesies of doom aren't all that helpful.
Everyone knows that plastic waste is an environmental problem. So let's get creative with it.
During mass spawning events coral young rise from their parents to ocean surface.
Australian Institute of Marine Science
Every year buoyant bundles rise from a spawning coral, giving the impression of an upside-down snowstorm.
A vanishing world.
It is estimated that 75% of the world's coral reefs are already threatened.
New analysis shows British cities how to save money, reduce emissions and make life better for citizens.
More carbon stays in the soil when farmers leave their fields alone between harvesting and planting.
(AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
The Paris climate agreement aims to limit global warming to 2C above pre-industrial levels. We need to curb greenhouse gas emissions, but we can also make gains with carbon farming.
We need to look behind the sharing economy’s apparently informal, casual intent to consider the impacts on people’s lives.
In cities dominated by globalised market forces, how can we achieve social equity and justice? For any sharing economy idea, we need to ask what will it do to fix the big problems confronting us all.
Flooding in Port Arthur, Texas during Hurricane Harvey, Aug. 31, 2017. According to the Climate Science Special Report released on Nov. 2, heavy precipitation events are becoming more frequent and intense in most regions of the world.
SC National Guard
On Nov. 2 the White House posted a detailed climate science report without comment. The Trump administration is unlikely to heed it, but it could boost state, local and private sector action.
Oilsands workers, hard hit by the oil price slump, are being retrained in renewables by Iron & Earth.
(David Dodge, GreenEnergyFutures.ca)
Do all fossil fuel workers want their current jobs protected? Research in the field suggests not.
A fireman tackles one of the wildfires that swept through parts of California in October.
This year is poised to go down as the hottest non-El Niño year ever recorded, with record low polar ice and extreme weather that left many regions battling bushfires and hurricanes.
The disaster narrative is counterproductive.
A new study shows that positive tales make a difference.
Who will emerge as the leader on climate change following the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement?
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Canada ratified the Paris agreement on climate change, but it hasn't yet filled the leadership void left by the United States. Time is running out.
Cape Verde’s renewable energy resources account for about 25% of total energy production.
With cutting-edge technologies and innovative business practices, Cape Verde can achieve its goal in a way that is cost-effective and equitable
Wildfire threatens a home near Possum Kingdom, Texas, April 19, 2011.
Many countries around the world are vulnerable to wildfires, but a fire engineer warns that most are not spending enough on research into how fires spread and ways to reduce risks.
Sunrise over the Earth. Hydrofluorocarbons were created to protect the ozone layer, but their stable nature makes them an extremely potent greenhouse gas.
Australia has ratified an agreement to phase out hydrofluorocarbons, a manmade compound once hailed as the saviour of the ozone layer. What went wrong?
Cars are submerged on a flooded road in the Sydney suburb of Marrickville in 2012.
A massive residential development in a flood-prone inner-city suburb sounds like a recipe for disaster. But good urban design can deliver higher density and reduce the flood risk.