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This week’s climate conference in Madrid is key to getting global cooperation on climate change, the impacts of which are already being felt. Dean Lewins/AAP

Earth has a couple more chances to avoid catastrophic climate change. This week is one of them

Recent bushfires and extreme weather are just a small taste of what is to come if this week's climate negotiations in Madrid fail to deliver.
Civil society and other groups, such as academics and businesses, stand to play a bigger role in how the countries of the world address climate change. Photo by IISD/ENB | Liz Rubin

With waning US leadership on climate, nonstate actors to play outsize role

Recent global climate talks at COP22 saw a growing role for businesses, NGOs and the state of California – a promising sign for action on climate change in the face of U.S. inaction.
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.
Global climate negotiators come to Marrakesh to talk about how to transfer money from rich to poor countries for climate adaptation, among other issues. leungchitak/flickr

Global climate talks move to Marrakesh: Here’s what they need to achieve

Negotiators face a daunting task at the COP22 climate talks in Marrakesh: Build on the momentum of Paris and resolve difficult questions over money for poor countries.
UN lead climate negotiator Christiana Figueres (second from left) has been hailed as having the dynamism needed to drive the Paris talks. EPA/AAP

Why the Paris climate talks won’t be another Copenhagen

The much-hyped 2009 Copenhagen climate summit yielded only a flimsy accord. But, as Nick Rowley writes in part 2 of his three-part essay on the 2015 Paris climate talks, there are several reasons why this year won't see another flop.
Could people get just as concerned about climate change as nuclear war? Nuclear war image from www.shutterstock.com

What can climate talks learn from the fight against nuclear weapons?

From the 1950s until the 1990s, nuclear weapons were viewed as the greatest threat to human life on the planet. Jonathan Schell, whose book The Fate of the Earth (1998) perhaps best crystallised the danger…
It would be a stretch to call the latest climate talks in Peru a raging success. EPA/COP20

Climate talks slouch towards Paris as Lima summit finally wraps up

The UN’s climate negotiations in Lima (known as COP20) over the past fortnight were held in a military compound normally used by the Peruvian Army. Each day, negotiators at the COP passed an obstacle course…
Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop are bidding to repair the government’s tarnished reputation on climate - but have they pledged enough? AAP Image/Lukas Coch

Australia’s $200 million climate pledge falls short of its true debt

At the United Nations Lima climate summit, Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop has pledged A$200 million over four years to the Green Climate Fund, which seeks to raise US$100 billion (A$120 billion…

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