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During the Pliocene, up to one third of Antarctica’s ice sheet melted, causing sea-level rise of 20 metres. from www.shutterstock.com

If warming exceeds 2°C, Antarctica’s melting ice sheets could raise seas 20 metres in coming centuries

New research shows that warming by more than 2°C could be a tipping point for Antarctica's ice sheets, resulting in widespread meltdown and changes to the world's shorelines for centuries to come.
The Spodek complex in Katowice, Poland, will host this year’s UN climate summit. Shutterstock.com

As they meet in Poland for the next steps, nations are struggling to agree on how the ambitions of the Paris Agreement can be realised

As leaders and negotiators head to Katowice, Poland for this year's round of UN climate talks, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to meet the goals set in Paris three years ago.
The UN’s climate headquarters in Bonn will host this year’s summit, despite Fiji chairing the talks. EPA/Sascha Steinbach

Bonn voyage: climate diplomats head into another round of talks

Another round of UN climate negotiations kicks off in Bonn this month. With a Trump-shaped cloud hanging over the Paris Agreement, what approach can we expect Australia to adopt this time around?
The window for staving off the worst of climate change is wider than we thought, but still pretty narrow. Tatiana Grozetskaya/Shutterstock.com

Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees: really hard, but not impossible

It's still possible to hit the more ambitious of the two Paris global warming goals, according to a new estimate of the global carbon budget. But it sure won't be easy, and we need to start now.
Dozens of reefs around the world have bleached in the past three years, of which the Great Barrier Reef was merely the most high-profile. AAP Image/WWF AUSTRALIA, BIOPIXEL

The UN is slowly warming to the task of protecting World Heritage sites from climate change

Amid fears for the world's coral reefs, the UN World Heritage Committee has issued its most wide-ranging statement so far on protecting heritage sites from climate. But the problem doesn't end there.
One day after Trump announced his intention to withdraw from the Paris accord on climate, EU and China issued a statement from Brussels that climate change and clean energy ‘will become a main pillar’ of their bilateral partnership. Reuters

Trump’s exit of Paris climate accord strengthens China and Europe

Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement strains international relations further and strengthens the resolve of other countries to move forward on climate without the US.

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