Climate change is a global issue. It matters not who creates the greenhouse gases, they spread globally. The converse is also true. Mitigation efforts occur locally but they spread globally. Global safety is dependent upon our interdependence.

CCR is primarily focused on America’s contribution to climate change and America’s efforts to mitigate climate change. That is huge enough for one website. This does not mean that CCR is oblivious to global connections and global effects. The US can contribute massively to the global effort as well as learn from the many countries outside its borders. 

Unfortunately, in May 2017, Trump announced his intention to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement. That withdrawal took effect on November 4, 2020. The good news is that President Joe Biden, on his first day in office, rejoined the Paris Agreement (which took effect on February 19, 2021) and appointed John Kerry as his energy czar. As Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, John Kerry will play perhaps the most critical role internationally in managing a planetary crisis. To succeed, he’ll need to repair the diplomatic damage done by former President Donald Trump while steering through clashing interests at home: a defiant private sector on the one hand, and strident climate activists on the other.

The Climate Action Tracker follows governments to assess their compliance with the Paris Agreement. The US is currently rated as “critically insufficient.” Most recently the CAT said, “US emissions in 2020 will be lower as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the Trump Administration’s continuous rollback of climate policy and its response to the pandemic will counteract some of the drop in emissions. Instead of initiating a green recovery the administration used the pandemic as justification to continue relaxing environmental regulations, allowing polluting industries to emit more greenhouse gases during the crisis and exempting them from penalties for violating these rules.”


Yellen Pushes Treasury, World Bank to Fuller Climate Reckoning

By Christopher Condon and Saijel Kishan 09/19/23
Janet Yellen planted a flag during her confirmation hearing in January 2021. Climate change, she declared, was an “existential threat,” and as Treasury secretary, she would make it a focus of her work.
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More Than 5,000 Dead in Libya as Collapsed Dams Worsen Flood Disaster

By Mohammed Abdusamee, Vivian Nereim and Isabella Kwai 09/12/23
More than 5,000 people were killed in Libya after torrential rains caused two dams to burst near the coastal city of Derna, destroying much of the city and carrying entire neighborhoods into the sea, local…
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Biden Says Climate Change Poses Greater Threat Than Nuclear War

By Jordan Fabian and Akayla Gardner 09/10/23
President Joe Biden said the sole threat to humanity’s existence is climate change, and that not even nuclear conflict poses a similar danger. “The only existential threat humanity faces, even things more frightening than a…
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Group of 20 countries agree to increase clean energy but reach no deal on phasing out fossil fuels

By Sibi Arasu 09/09/23
Group of 20 leaders agreed Saturday to triple renewable energy and try to increase the funds for climate change-related disasters but maintained the status quo with regards to phasing out carbon spewing coal. At a…
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Climate Report Card Says Countries Are Trying, but Urgently Need Improvement

By Brad Plumer 09/08/23
Eight years after world leaders approved a landmark agreement in Paris to fight climate change, countries have made only limited progress in staving off the most dangerous effects of global warming, according to the first…
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At Africa’s First Climate Summit, a Clear Call to the World: Invest in Us

By Max Bearak 09/06/23
Heads of state from across Africa concluded an inaugural climate summit on Wednesday in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, by issuing a declaration that called for an urgent restructuring of the way wealthier nations engage with the…
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Pakistan bears the brunt of global extreme heat illness and mortality

By Annie Gowen, Niko Kommenda and Saiyna Bashir 09/05/23
Climate-fueled disease — tied to heat, pathogens and toxins — is an emerging, lethal threat that countries are ill-prepared to confront. The Post visited ground zero for this new era, Pakistan, to see what the…
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World likely has hottest summer on record

By Andrew Freedman 09/05/23
The first of many batches of temperature data is in for August — and not only did the globe have its hottest such month on record, but temperature anomalies secured meteorological summer's place in the…
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China Leaves Everyone Behind in Race for Renewables Income

By Tim Quinson 09/04/23
The biggest US companies are badly trailing their Chinese counterparts when it comes to generating income from solar, wind, nuclear and other types of renewable energy.
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State of California becomes the largest economy to endorse the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty

In a historic move, the resolution calling on the State of California to endorse the call for a Fossil Fuel Non-Proliferation Treaty passed today the final vote in the State Assembly, making California the largest…
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Chinese people are living two years longer thanks to ‘war on pollution,’ report says

By Jessie Yeung 08/30/23
Ten years ago, China’s capital was often covered in dense yellow and gray smog, so thick it shrouded nearly everything from view.
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John Kerry says U.S. can’t reach climate goals without global cooperation

Ahead of the next major climate summit, NPR's Scott Detrow talks with U.S. climate envoy John Kerry about whether the U.S. has lived up to previous climate commitments...
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Carbon Brief’s definitive guide to the entire IPCC sixth assessment cycle

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now published the synthesis report of its sixth assessment report (AR6). This forms the final part of the sixth assessment cycle, which kicked off in 2015. The…

Q&A: IPCC wraps up its most in-depth assessment of climate change

The final part of the world’s most comprehensive assessment of climate change – which details the “unequivocal” role of humans, its impacts on “every region” of the world and what must be done to solve…

AR6 Synthesis Report Climate Change 2023

This Synthesis Report (SYR) of the IPCC Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) summarises the state of knowledge of climate change, its widespread impacts and risks, and climate change mitigation and adaptation, based on the peer-reviewed scientific,…

Integrity matters: Net zero commitments By businesses, Financial institutions, Cities and regions

Report from the united nations’ High-level expert group on the Net zero emissions commitments Of non-state entitiesReport from the united nations’ High-level expert group on the Net zero emissions commitments Of non-state entities

International Programme for Action on Climate

The Annual Climate Action Monitor Helping Countries Advance Towards Net Zero

The Annual Climate Action Monitor

The Climate Action Monitor, part of the International Programme for Action of Climate (IPAC), provides a diagnostic policy framework for assessing country progress towards climate objectives. Its goal is to provide a digest of progress…

Tracking climate mitigation efforts in 30 major emitters

This report by NewClimate Institute, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and FTSE Russell tracks climate mitigation efforts in 30 countries and regions. Our analysis shows that emissions trends remain far from the goals…

Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Pledges by Selected Countries: Nationally Determined Contributions and Net-Zero Legislation

Human-related emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) have increased globally over time. These increasing emissions contribute to a changing climate, which is a concern for governments, organizations, and other stakeholders. Many governments are taking steps to…


The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Net Zero Emissions Legislation Around the World

This table shows the 39 jurisdictions around the world that the Law Library of Congress has identified as having a net zero emissions or climate neutrality goal enshrined in legislation. This includes the European Union…

A net zero climate-resilient future – science, technology and the solutions for change

This Statement has been created by the Science Academies of the Group of Seven (G7) nations. It represents the Academies view on the need for the G7 countries to anticipate the risks associated with climate…


This report summarises construction and financing activity in European offshore wind farms from 1 January to 31 December 2018.


The IPCC provides regular assessments of the scientific basis of climate change, its impacts and future risks, and options for adaptation and mitigation. Created in 1988 by the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) and the United…


Climate Risks Loom Over Panama Canal, a Vital Global Trade Link

By Somini Sengupta   08/25/23  
Drought, aggravated by the burning of fossil fuels, is slowing down the ship traffic that carries goods in and out of the United States through the slender and vital Panama Canal, while heat and drought…
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Buried under the ice

By Sarah Kaplan, Bonnie Jo Mount and Others   08/25/23  
Greenland had not been kind to Joerg Schaefer. For 21 days, he had endured howling winds and blistering cold. He sampled ice until his fingers went numb and shoveled snow until his shoulders burned. His…
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Simultaneous record heat hits multiple continents

By Andrew Freedman   08/25/23  
A simultaneous spate of extreme heat events have broken longstanding, all-time records on multiple continents this week. Why it matters: Extreme heat events are the clearest manifestation of climate change in weather that people and…
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The staying power of fossil fuel subsidies

By Ben Geman   08/25/23  
Well over a decade after high-profile international vows to rein in subsidies for producing and using fossil fuels, they remain deeply woven into government policies. Driving the news: Two new reports reach similar conclusions, 14…
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Baby Penguins Die as Record Low Antarctic Ice Stokes Extinction Risk

By Liza Tetley   08/24/23  
Colonies of emperor penguins failed to breed at a level never seen before in parts of Antarctica, which saw a total sea ice loss in 2022, a new study says. The findings back predictions that…
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Would You Vote to Halt Drilling? In Ecuador, They’re Getting the Chance.

By Manuela Andreoni and Catrin Einhorn   08/17/23  
Should Ecuador continue drilling in one of the most biodiverse corners of the Amazon or should it keep the oil underground? On Sunday, its people will decide in a binding referendum that landed on the…
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As Wildfire Nears, Entire Canadian City Evacuates

By Ian Austen and Vjosa Isai   08/17/23  
The line of cars and trucks evacuating the northern city of 20,000 stretched to the horizon on Thursday, loaded with hastily seized belongings and pets of families ordered to flee the natural disaster that has…
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UN climate panel chair: Paris agreement’s 1.5-degree target “a big ask”

By Andrew Freedman   08/16/23  
Jim Skea, the new chair of the influential U.N. climate science panel, has doubts about the world's ability to meet the Paris Agreement's most ambitious temperature goal, but wants to make it easier for governments…
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Here’s where water is running out in the world — and why

By Veronica Penney and John Muyskens   08/16/23  
A growing population and rising temperatures will strain the world’s freshwater supplies over the next 30 years, jeopardizing available water for drinking, bathing and growing food, according to new research. An analysis of newly released…
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Global heating likely to hit world food supply before 1.5C, says UN expert

By Fiona Harvey   08/12/23  
The world is likely to face major disruption to food supplies well before temperatures rise by the 1.5C target, the president of the UN’s desertification conference has warned, as the impacts of the climate crisis…
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Amazon Countries, Led by Brazil, Sign a Rainforest Pact

By Manuela Andreoni and Max Bearak   08/08/23  
On Tuesday, the leaders of eight countries that are home to the Amazon River basin agreed to work together to conserve the world’s largest rainforest at a groundbreaking meeting convened by President Luiz Inácio Lula…
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‘Virtually certain’ extreme Antarctic events will get worse without drastic action, scientists warn

By Donna Lu   08/08/23  
It is “virtually certain” that future extreme events in Antarctica will be worse than the extraordinary changes already observed, according to a new scientific warning that stresses the case for immediate and drastic action to…
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Governments are gathering to talk about the Amazon rainforest. Why is it so important to protect?

By Fabiano Maisonnave and David Biller   08/06/23  
The Amazon rainforest is a massive area, twice the size of India and sprawling across eight countries and one territory. It’s a crucial carbon sink for the climate, has about 20% of the world’s freshwater…
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1 big thing: New UN science boss talks climate policy

By Ben Geman and Andrew Freedman   08/03/23  
Jim Skea, the newly elected head of the United Nations' influential climate science body, hopes to tailor the panel's work to provide more actionable information, Ben and Andrew write.
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New Data Dashboard Helps Cities Build Urban Resilience in a Changing Climate

By Eric Mackres and others   07/27/23  
Climate change is impacting cities and their residents in many profound ways, from poor air quality to flooding to biodiversity loss and extreme heat. Now, with the help of a new tool, select cities can…
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Ancient soil shows part of Greenland was ice-free — and could soon melt again, scientists say

By Sarah Kaplan   07/20/23  
As soon as Andrew Christ peered at the sample inside his microscope, he knew he had found something special. Bits of tiny twigs, moss and leaves were mixed with sediments extracted from deep beneath a…
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As the world sizzles, China says it will deal with climate its own way

By Christian Shepherd, Emily Rauhala and Chris Mooney   07/19/23  
As parts of the Northern Hemisphere reach heat close to the limits of human survival, Chinese leader Xi Jinping declared in remarks reported Wednesday that Beijing alone will decide how — and how quickly —…
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Canada wildfires devour land, vault CO2 emissions higher

From Andrew Freedman   07/19/23  
The simultaneous, record-shattering heat in the U.S., Europe and Asia may be getting all the headlines (more on these events below), but hotter and drier-than-average conditions are fueling the disaster unfolding in Canada.
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Xi says China will follow its own carbon reduction path as US climate envoy Kerry meets top officials in Beijing

By Nectar Gan   07/19/23  
China will follow its own path to cut carbon emissions, leader Xi Jinping vowed Tuesday, as US climate envoy John Kerry called for faster action to confront the climate crisis in a high-profile visit to…
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As China Bakes in Record Heat, Kerry Presses Beijing on Climate Change

By Vivian Wang and Lisa Friedman   07/18/23  
In the sandstone desert of China’s far west, a local meteorological station recorded an all-time high temperature of 126 degrees. In central China, heat-induced mechanical problems trapped tourists riding on a cable car in midair.…
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An Arctic ‘Great Game’ as NATO allies and Russia face off in far north

By Emily Rauhala   07/17/23  
The officers in tracksuits looked a little nervous as they rapped on the window of the rental car. They wondered what we were doing here, on an island high above the Arctic Circle, some 4,000…
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Kerry Says U.S. and China Must Set Aside Politics to Tackle Climate Change

By Lisa Friedman   07/17/23  
The United States and China are running out of time to avert a harrowing future brought on by global warming, John Kerry, President Biden’s envoy for climate change, warned on Monday at the resumption of…
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Mea Culpas Are Great, But Climate Leaders Need to Model Real Accountability

By Amy Westervelt   07/14/23  
This week, Christiana Figueres, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) from 2010-2016, key architect of the Paris Agreement, and longtime supporter of the idea that fossil fuel companies…
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European Union Approves Ambitious Nature Restoration Law

By Bob Berwyn   07/12/23  
The European Union strengthened its environmental policies this week with adoption of a nature restoration law that member countries hope will help them meet climate and biodiversity targets set under the 2015 Paris Agreement and…
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After a Bitter Fight, European Lawmakers Pass a Bill to Repair Nature

By Monika Pronczuk and Catrin Einhorn   07/12/23  
European lawmakers, after an unexpectedly bitter political battle, approved a bill on Wednesday that would require European Union countries to restore 20 percent of nature areas within their borders on land and at sea. The…
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More than $2 billion committed at UK-US climate finance forum

Finance leaders, companies and philanthropists have committed more than $2 billion to help finance efforts to reduce carbon emissions and boost climate resilience across Africa, Asia and Latin America, a joint UK-U.S. statement said on…
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Which Countries Are Most Reliant on Coal?

By Bruno Venditti   07/11/23  
Global energy policies and discussions in recent years have been focused on the importance of decarbonizing the energy system in the transition to net zero.
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Seafood industry joins chorus of groups calling for halt to deep-sea mining plans

By Karen McVeigh   07/11/23  
Seafood groups representing a third of the world’s tuna trade as well as major supermarket suppliers are the latest groups to call for a pause on deep-sea mining, after a new study published today showed…
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Sweden is building the world’s largest wooden city

By Ayurella Horn-Muller   07/10/23  
Swedish developers are getting ready to build the world’s largest wooden city, setting the stage for a possible domino effect of similar projects across the globe. Why it matters: The use of timber in urban…
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Earth’s very hot week explained: Where was it so hot?

By Joel Shannon   07/08/23  
On a week where global temperatures broke record after record, much of United States wasn't all that hot. The Earth as a whole, however, was. Most days broke unofficial temperature records that experts have been…
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Deforestation in Brazil’s Amazon drops 34% in first half 2023

By Carolina Pulice and Jake Spring   07/07/23  
Deforestation in Brazil's Amazon fell 34% in the first half of 2023, preliminary government data showed on Thursday, hitting its lowest level in four years as President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva institutes tougher environmental…
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John Kerry to Visit China to Restart Climate Negotiations

By Lisa Friedman   07/06/23  
John Kerry, President Biden’s special envoy for climate change, said on Thursday he would travel to China next week to restart global warming negotiations between the world’s two largest polluters.
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UN climate alliance scraps emissions rules for insurers after exodus

By Tommy Wilkes   07/06/23  
The Net-Zero Insurance Alliance (NZIA) has ditched all requirements for members to set or publish greenhouse gas emission-reduction targets, the U.N. said on Wednesday, a major rewrite of its rules after U.S. political pressure led…
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Why a sudden surge of broken heat records is scaring scientists

By Scott Dance   07/06/23  
A remarkable spate of historic heat is hitting the planet, raising alarm over looming extreme weather dangers — and an increasing likelihood that this year will be Earth’s warmest on record.
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Over a dozen EV automakers, including Tesla and NIO pledge to avoid further price wars in China

By Scooter Doll   07/06/23  
A slew of automakers in China have banded together and pledged to regulate how they market their EVs and avoid further price wars to help stabilize a booming market for consumers. Chinese EV automakers like…
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This July 4 was hot. Earth’s hottest day on record, in fact.

By Leo Sands   07/05/23  
Tuesday was the hottest day on Earth since at least 1979, with the global average temperature reaching 62.92 degrees Fahrenheit (17.18 degrees Celsius), according to data from the U.S. National Centers for Environmental Prediction.
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A Drone and a Crane Save the Day as China Reels From Extreme Weather

By Mike Ives and Olivia Wang   07/05/23  
China and several other Asia Pacific countries were reeling from monsoonal floods and stultifying temperatures on Wednesday, the latest disruptions in what forecasters say could be a long summer and autumn of extreme weather around…
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Improving soil could keep world within 1.5C heating target, research suggests

By Fiona Harvey   07/04/23  
Marginal improvements to agricultural soils around the world would store enough carbon to keep the world within 1.5C of global heating, new research suggests.
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New report reveals that China is reaching a ‘tipping point’ that could affect the entire world — here’s what’s happening

By Jeremiah Budin   07/04/23  
China is the largest producer of planet-overheating gases in the world. According to some research, the country accounted for 27% of the world’s total air pollution in 2019, and more than tripled its air-polluting gases…
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Europe Targets Missing Emissions That Could Bust Climate Goals

By Petra Sorge and Akshat Rathi   07/04/23  
The science on tackling climate change is simple: zero out carbon dioxide emissions and global temperatures will stabilize. But a carbon accounting quirk might mean that, even if all countries meet that goal, pollution from…
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A shipping emissions showdown stands in the way of one of the biggest climate deals of the decade

By Sam Meredith   06/29/23  
In the face of a colossal and growing source of emissions, the United Nations shipping agency is looking to slash pollution from the world’s ocean-going vessels by adopting new climate targets. Observers of next week’s…
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Despite Global Pledges, Tree Loss Is Up Sharply in Tropical Forests

By Manuela Andreoni   06/27/23  
More than a year after countries pledged to end deforestation by 2030, the world is continuing to lose its tropical forests at a fast pace, according to a report issued on Tuesday. The annual survey…
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‘Beyond extreme’ ocean heat wave in North Atlantic is worst in 170 years

By Dan Stillman   06/23/23  
The ocean waters surrounding the United Kingdom and much of Europe are baking in an unprecedented marine heat wave, which scientists say is being intensified by human-caused climate change. Scientists are astounded not only by…
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Countries on Front Lines of Climate Change Seek New Lifeline in Paris

By Catherine Porter   06/22/23  
An unusual if guarded optimism has descended upon Paris, along with hundreds of world leaders, bankers and climate activists. They have come for a two-day conference billed as the new Bretton Woods. The reference is…
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World Bank offers developing countries debt pauses if hit by climate crisis

By Fiona Harvey   06/22/23  
Poor countries will be able to pause their debt repayments if hit by climate disaster, under plans announced by the World Bank at the finance summit in Paris. The international development organisation said it would…
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Sudden Heat Increase in North Atlantic Seas Could Have Devastating Effects

By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes   06/19/23  
Scientists have warned that an extreme marine heat wave off the UK and Ireland coasts is posing a major threat to marine species. According to the official blog of the UK’s Met Office, the global…
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Hundreds of U.S. Firefighters Deployed North to Battle Canadian Wildfires

By Angely Mercado   06/09/23  
Over 400 wildfires are raging across Canada this week and firefighting teams have been overwhelmed by the flames. Canadian officials have asked for foreign support, and several countries have offered to send supplies and people,…
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The smoke will fade in the U.S. But cities across the globe aren’t so lucky.

By Claire Parker, Christian Shepherd and Gabriela Martinez   06/08/23  
Unusually smoggy skies have upended life for millions of Americans this week as smoke from wildfires in Canada wafts over a large swath of the eastern United States, sparking a slew of Code Red air…
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World’s ‘carbon budget’ for key climate goal was halved in just three years

By Shannon Osaka   06/08/23  
The world has eliminated half of its remaining carbon budget to keep warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared with preindustrial levels in just the last three years, scientists said Thursday.
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Carbon dioxide levels in atmosphere mark a near-record surge

By Amudalat Ajasa   06/05/23  
Despite rising awareness about global climate change and its devastating impacts, carbon dioxide levels keep treading in the wrong direction.
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