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The uncovering of Seoul’s Cheonggye stream, which was once covered by a highway, shows the kind of initiatives cities can take. Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

People power: how communities and cities can help save the environment

From citizens who sit on the boards of energy companies to neighbourhoods that help fund local wind farms, community action is critical to the environmental movement.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg announce plans to ratify the Paris climate deal, which could be severely weakened by a US change of heart. AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australia to ratify the Paris climate deal, under a large Trump-shaped shadow

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced plans to ratify the Paris climate agreement, a day after US participation in the treaty was thrown into dought by Donald Trump's election victory.
Bhokul has faced the loss of her family’s land, and the loss of their income. Now climate change threatens her livelihood even more. Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson/UNU-EHS

This Bangladeshi woman can tell you how real climate change is

Meet Bhokal, who has already lost so much due to environmental disasters, and who needs the Paris agreement to be a success.
Less than a year after the Paris negotiations, the process is gathering pace. AAP Image/NewZulu/Jonathan Raa

The Paris climate deal has come into force – what next for Australia?

Just 11 months after the Paris climate talks, the resulting treaty has come into force. The rapid ratification looks set to heap even more pressure on Australia to come up with a credible climate policy.
More than 160 nations will sign the Paris Agreement on its opening day – a record for a United Nations treaty. Aotearoa/Wikimedia Commons

The Paris Agreement signing ceremony at a glance

More than 160 countries are expected to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on April 22. But enough countries will also need to ratify the treaty domestically before it can become international law.
We’re talking about a lot of seeds. Great Divide Photography

Why we won’t be able to feed the world without GM

The concerns about genetically modified foods are well known. But when we look at population and climate projections, what happens if we don't use them to increase our food supply?
Bill Gates pioneered the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, an initiative by 28 billionaires to push for more funding for clean energy. EPA/Ian Langsdon

Why the rich should do more to save the world

In the age of austerity, governments have limited resources to invest in new areas of research – like clean energy – that have multiple risks. Billionaires like Bill Gates can help plug the gap.
Public interest and peer pressure among countries are integral to enforcement of the Paris Agreement. Mal Langsdon/Reuters

The day after Paris: politicians hand the baton to green industries

The Paris Agreement recognizes the reality of global environmental pacts: the private sector must lead transition to low-carbon technology and civil society must keep up the pressure to act.
Bringing down the gavel, and bringing down the house: French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius symbolically ended the Paris climate talks, applauded by UN climate chief Christiana Figueres. Reuters/Stephane Mahe

Beyond Paris: what was really achieved at the COP21 climate summit, and what next?

What's next, now that the Paris climate summit is over? We've created a special report for you, featuring two dozen of our best articles on the scientific, political and economic challenges ahead.

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