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Hottest year on record has human fingerprints all over it

The world’s recent run of record-breaking warm years would have been near impossible without man-made climate change. That’s the clear finding of a new study which showed that 13 of the 15 hottest year in the 150-year-long record ha...

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Another blow for coal as Vietnam signals retreat

In yet another blow for the global coal industry, Vietnam has signalled its retreat from this dirty energy source. In a statement, Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng said his government would review plans for new coal power plants, sayi...

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Renewing the economy: clean energy key to growth

While investors and global leaders crunch numbers this week to stabilize the global economy, experts are offering hard-hitting numbers linking renewables to a prosperous future. Just a few days ahead of the World Economic Forum in D...

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Coal is a harmful rock in a hard place as fortunes fade

If 2015 was “the year that coal broke”, 2016 is already confirming it’s unfixable. China announced the closure of 1,000 coal mines, while 2015 US coal production was shown to be the lowest in 30 years, as yet another of the country’...

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Pressure on polluters set to grow in 2016, as year starts with storms

With 2016 already forecast to be the hottest year on record, extreme weather events, like those which have battered countries across the world this New Year look set to become the new normal. From floods in the UK to storms and unpr...

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Historic climate agreement reflects real world change, protects vulnerable people

195 countries reached across traditional divides today to unite behind the greatest moral challenge of our time and seal the deal on a historic climate accord. The Paris Agreement is an inclusive, ambitious, science-based deal that ...

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Real work begins on final Paris deal as people unite behind ambition

Civil society groups united for a peaceful sit-in Thursday in UN negotiation halls, just hours after ministers unveiled a draft negotiation text for a Paris outcome. Mobilizers, who included trade unionists, youth, gender, and indig...

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Ministers receive climate torch for second leg of Paris summit

As ministers arrive for the second week of climate talks, all eyes will be on them to match the ambition and spirit of unity set out by their leaders last week. To do this, ministers will need to lock in measures that speed up the j...

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World’s health hinges on fossil free future, medics tell COP21

As the Paris climate summit reaches its halfway point, calls to action representing more than 1,700 health organizations and over 13 million doctors, nurses and other health professionals are urging governments to reach a strong agr...

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Smart money moves to renewables; all eyes on governments for next move

Momentum for climate action in the real world continues to lead the politics by a significant margin, with strong strides from top-tier financiers today again demonstrating to politicians that the smart money is absolutely on a rene...

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Paris summit is eye of storm as nations across the globe weather climate impacts

India may be thousands of miles from Paris, but the deadly monsoons raging there are a reminder to climate negotiators in the French capital that risk and resilience must stay high on the agenda. India – one of the world’s mos...

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Renewables rocket as fossils fizzle: COP21

As the Paris climate summit gets rolling, signs of the world’s unstoppable shift from fossil fuels to renewables are coming thicker and faster than ever. Following India’s newly launched solar alliance, yesterday, African nations co...

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Vulnerable countries show the way as world leaders pledge climate ambition

All eyes were on world leaders as the UN climate conference officially kicked into gear today in Paris. Faced with record numbers of people taking to the streets around the world to show their support for a renewable energy future, ...

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People out in force, Paris under pressure to deliver

From Dhaka to Tokyo, Geneva to Jakarta, citizens around the world made their voices heard today, and their message was clear: the fossil fuel age is over. On the eve of the Paris Climate Summit, in over 2,300 events across 175 count...

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SPECIAL ALERT: From boots to suits: marches and meetings lead into Paris summit

The Global Climate Marches have commenced with over 60,000 people marching for action in Melbourne today – the largest climate event of its kind ever held in Australia. Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands of others around ...

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Human costs of climate change highlighted ahead of Paris meetings

As climate talks in Paris approach, stakes are high for frontline communities with the most to lose. Yesterday, UNICEF reported that children will suffer the harshest impacts from rising temperatures. Their findings revealed that “o...

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Fossil investments looking increasingly toxic as smart money moves to renewables

New research warns that US$2.2 trillion of investors money could be at risk if fossil fuel companies continue to pursue high carbon projects. According to the Carbon Tracker Initiative, a “perfect storm” of factors – including...

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Fox in the hen house: polluters are bankrolling climate talks

As corporate anti-climate behaviour comes under increasing scrutiny from law-enforcers, media and public, a new report highlights the conflict of interest between the Paris climate summit’s aims and the polluting actions of the comp...

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Coal left friendless as UK and wealthy nations cut ties

It’s been another devastating week for coal. Today, the UK government became the first major economy in the world to put a date on its end of coal, following hot on the heels of an agreement by wealthy countries to limit financing f...

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G20 leaders miss major opportunity to be bold on climate

Less than two weeks out from the UN climate talks in Paris, G20 leaders, meeting in Turkey this week, missed a major opportunity to take a bold stand on climate change. While G20 leaders joined the world in reeling from Friday’s ter...

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