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Domestic political tensions is undermining the country’s ambitions to act as a global role model.
Weather and climate extremes are already here, and communities will have to adapt.
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An author of the report explains the damaging effects climate change is already having and why adaptation is essential.
Plus how to interpret the outcome of the pre-COP26 summit.
Hamstrung by a Republican Senate, President-elect Biden will need to look abroad for collaborators on climate action.
The Trump presidency has been a godsend for an Australian government apparently uninterested in significant climate action. But with Trump well behind in the polls, that’s set to change.
A view of the opening video played at the start of the UN’s 2019 Climate Action Summit.
Guterres wanted world leaders to tackle subsidies for fossil fuels, implement taxes on carbon, and end new coal power beyond 2020. None of this happened.
Drought is just one reason why it matters to keep global heating below 1.5C.
Nations are signed up to limit global heating to well below 2°C, and to aim for 1.5°C. Limiting warming to the latter matters - the future of humanity and the living world is at stake.
To do list.
From eating less meat to foregoing flying, individual obligations make up our understanding of how to fight climate change, letting polluters off the hook and stifling real change.
To empower children means to nurture them as they develop skills to take charge of their lives. Here, Alex Sayers, left, holds the microphone for Azure Faloona, both 12 years old, at a rally held last October in Seattle in support of a high-profile climate change lawsuit.
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New energy to advocate for planetary health could be unleashed through career guidance that prepares future generations for climate change while inspiring them to envision a meaningful future.
As extreme weather events, like Hurricane Florence, become more common it is time to ask what it will take for the world to finally tackle climate change. Encouragingly, there may be a historical precedent: Victoria London’s handling of the ‘Great Stink’, where growth had turned the River Thames into an open sewer.
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As climate extremes mount, let’s reflect on Victorian London’s ‘Great Stink’ sewage crisis - when things finally became so bad authorities were forced to accept evidence, reject sceptics, and act.
Some U.S. nonprofits are praising China’s anti-pollution efforts.
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Just like with Cold War-era red-baiting, there’s an apparent effort to discredit and undermine critics of the US government.
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron.
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Its plan to stop lending money for oil and gas projects embraces the spirit of the Paris agreement at a time when the U.S. is going in a different direction.
The Montreal Protocol is finally closing the hole in the ozone layer.
Children hold signs at the C40 Mayors Summit in December 2016. Coalitions of local government are increasingly playing a significant role in combating climate change.
As the US leaves the Paris accord, how much faith should we put in international treaties? States, cities and local movements are increasingly important players in the fight against climate change.
The US has formally submitted its post-2020 climate target to the UN.
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The US has made its formal submission of climate targets beyond 2020. But Australia continues to twiddle its thumbs.
Many G20 members have now pledged contributions to the Green Climate Fund, but Australia has signalled it will not.
The G20 summit in Brisbane has put the pressure on Australia to boost its action on climate change not just at home but also internationally through a new UN-backed fund. The summit yielded major pledges…
Treasurer Joe Hockey joins a long line of leaders unable to close the gap between promise and reality.
Governments are notorious for missing targets. Look no further than France or Spain’s recent fiscal calumny, despite the European Union’s excessive deficit procedure. Closer to home, the Association of…
US president Barack Obama addresses the 2014 UN Climate Summit.
The 2014 UN Climate Summit has wrapped up in New York. What has progressed and what big challenges remain in the run up to and beyond the Paris negotiations in December 2015? Secretary General of the UN…
Protesters in New York ahead of the UN climate summit.
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Do we need a climate treaty, or could a simple political deal based on national pledges work just as well? Conventional wisdom suggests that the only international climate deal worth having is one that…
A protester at recent Australia climate change rallies in the lead up to the UN climate summit in New York.
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Today more than 120 world leaders are gathered in New York for the Climate Leaders’ Summit. With global emissions continuing to rise, it is easy to be pessimistic. But new research released today shows…