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INTERNATIONAL

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.”

CURRENT NEWS

EV Slowdown Steers the World Further Off Course From Net Zero

By Craig Trudell 06/12/24
Electric vehicles have swiftly gone from a bright spot in the global climate fight to cause for concern, leading BloombergNEF to slash sales estimates and warn that the auto industry is falling further off the…
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Revealed: repairing Israel’s destruction of Gaza will come at huge climate cost

By Nina Lakhani 06/06/24
The carbon cost of rebuilding Gaza will be greater than the annual greenhouse gas emissions generated individually by 135 countries, exacerbating the global climate emergency on top of the unprecedented death toll, new research reveals.
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A year of record global heat has pushed Earth closer to dangerous threshold

By Scott Dance 06/05/24
A streak of record-setting heat that began last summer has now persisted for an entire year across the globe, researchers announced Wednesday, pushing Earth closer to a dangerous threshold that the world’s nations have pledged…
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Why Mexico City’s thirst is causing it to sink

By Kasha Patel 06/04/24
On a recent morning, visitors wandered around Mexico City’s Metropolitan Cathedral, Latin America’s oldest — and one of its largest. Walking from chamber to chamber, tourists snapped images of dramatic ceiling-high altars, soaring columns and…
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The Other Border Dispute Is Over an 80-Year-Old Water Treaty

By Martha Pskowski 05/28/24
Maria-Elena Giner faced a room full of farmers, irrigation managers and residents in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas on April 2. The local agricultural community was reeling. Reservoirs on the Rio Grande were near…
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The Failure Of The United Nation’s Annual COP Meetings

By Dan Lennon 05/27/24
The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change or UNFCCC was formed in 1994 as a venue for member nations to negotiate and reach agreements on climate change policies and actions. It holds annual meetings…
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DOJ must investigate Big Oil’s “ongoing enterprise,” lawmakers say

By Emily Sanders 05/22/24
The leaders of a years-long Congressional probe into Big Oil’s decades-long climate disinformation campaigns just formally referred their investigation to the Department of Justice, calling on the nation’s biggest public law office to “pursue further…
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Herd of 170 bison could help store CO2 equivalent of 43,000 cars, researchers say

By Graeme Green 05/15/24
A herd of 170 bison reintroduced to Romania’s Țarcu mountains could help store CO2 emissions equivalent to removing 43,000 US cars from the road for a year, research has found, demonstrating how the animals can…
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The Tiny Nation at the Vanguard of Mining the Ocean Floor

By Pete McKenzie 05/10/24
Two ships arrived in the Cook Islands in the South Pacific in March of last year. One was a familiar sight: a massive cruise ship, bringing hundreds of tourists to the pristine shores of this…
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We asked 380 top climate scientists what they felt about the future…

By Damian Carrington 05/08/24
“Sometimes it is almost impossible not to feel hopeless and broken,” says the climate scientist Ruth Cerezo-Mota. “After all the flooding, fires, and droughts of the last three years worldwide, all related to climate change,…
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Hopes fade for production curbs in new global pact on plastic pollution

By Joe Lo 05/03/24
At the fourth – and penultimate – round of talks, negotiators did not agree to continue formal discussions on how to cut plastic production before a final session in the Korean city of Busan set…
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Seven Major Nations Agree to Phase Out Coal by 2035, Though Vague Language Leaves Wiggle Room

By Christian Thorsberg 05/02/24
After several years of failed talks and inconclusive meetings, ministers from the Group of Seven (G7) countries—the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan—have agreed on a flexible plan to phase out…
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KEY RESOURCES

State of Climate Action 2023

02/27/24
Published ahead of the final phase of the Global Stocktake, the State of Climate Action 2023 offers a roadmap that the world can follow to avoid increasingly dangerous and irreversible climate impacts, while minimizing harms…

Country summary

02/27/24
It has been a year since the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which marked a milestone in the US climate policy landscape. Although the full effects of the IRA are not yet visible,…

Carbon Brief’s definitive guide to the entire IPCC sixth assessment cycle

03/24/23
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

03/23/23
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

03/20/23
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

12/09/22
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

11/02/21
The Annual Climate Action Monitor Helping Countries Advance Towards Net Zero

The Annual Climate Action Monitor

11/02/21
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

11/02/21
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

10/26/21
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…

UNITING THE WORLD TO TACKLE CLIMATE CHANGE.

09/16/21
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

09/01/21
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

04/08/21
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…

OFF-SHORE WIND IN EUROPE

02/28/20
This report summarises construction and financing activity in European offshore wind farms from 1 January to 31 December 2018.

Global agricultural green and blue water consumption under future climate and land use changes

07/01/19
Agriculture accounts for 90% of global freshwater consumption and it is expected to intensify in the future. Climate and land use changes are two major factors affecting crop green and blue water consumption, and in…

The Climate Action Tracker

02/28/24
The Climate Action Tracker (CAT) is an independent scientific analysis produced by three research organisations tracking climate action since 2009. We track progress towards the globally agreed aim of holding warming well below 2°C, and…

IPCC

01/31/19
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…

MORE NEWS

How Locals Saved ‘the Yosemite of South America’

By David Gelles   04/30/24  
In central Chile, not far from where the Andes Mountains meet the Pacific Ocean, a vast swath of pristine wilderness is changing hands under the most unusual circumstances.
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G7 nations commit to phasing out coal by 2035 but give Japan some flexibility

04/30/24  
Energy and environment ministers of the Group of Seven leading industrialized nations committed Tuesday to phase out coal power by 2035, marking the first time the G7 has explicitly referenced a phase-out, but left flexibility…
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Ministers of Germany, Brazil, South Africa and Spain: why we need a global tax on billionaires

By Svenja Schulze and others   04/25/24  
When the governors of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund convened for the spring meetings last week, it was all about the really big questions. What can the international community do to accelerate…
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Global plastic pollution treaty talks hit critical stage in Canada

By Jennifer Mcdermott   04/24/24  
Thousands of negotiators and observers representing most of the world’s nations are gathering in the Canadian city of Ottawa this week to craft a treaty to stop the rapidly escalating problem of plastic pollution.
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VW, BMW Out to Prove They’re Not a Spent Force at China Car Show

By Bloomberg News   04/24/24  
Germany’s leading automakers are attempting to mount a comeback in China after a rapid shift to electric vehicles eroded their share of the world’s biggest auto market.
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Cap on plastic production remains contentious as Ottawa set to host treaty talks

By Mia Rabson   04/21/24  
Negotiators from 176 countries will gather in downtown Ottawa this week for the fourth round of talks to create a global treaty to eliminate plastic waste(opens in a new tab) in less than 20 years.
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Europe’s Demand for LNG Set to Peak in 2024 as Crisis Fades

By John Ainger   04/19/24  
The European Union’s demand for liquefied natural gas, which provided a key lifeline during the energy crisis, will likely peak this year as the region accelerates its renewables transition, the bloc’s energy watchdog said.
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The Missing $1 Trillion

By David Gelles and Manuela Andreoni   04/18/24  
For the past two years, world leaders, economists and activists have called for sweeping overhauls to the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund that would make the two lending institutions more adept at combating…
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Ocean heat is driving a global coral bleaching event, and it could be the worst on record

By Rebecca Wright, CNN   04/15/24  
Coral reefs around the world are experiencing a mass bleaching event as the climate crisis drives record-breaking ocean heat, two scientific bodies announced Monday — with some experts warning this could become the worst bleaching…
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How a Group of Elderly Swiss Women Won a Historic Human-Rights Verdict

By Hugo Miller and Olivia Rudgard   04/13/24  
The seeds of this week’s historic victory by an association of elderly women at the European Court of Human Rights were sown in the baking heat of summer 2003. That year, a heat wave killed…
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China responsible for 95% of new coal power construction in 2023, report says

By Molly Lempriere   04/11/24  
China accounted for 95% of the world’s new coal power construction activity in 2023, according to the latest annual report from Global Energy Monitor (GEM). Construction began on 70 gigawatts (GW) of new capacity in…
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In-depth Q&A: How does climate change drive human migration?

By Ayesha Tandon   04/11/24  
The once-stable climate that people have lived in for millennia is now rapidly shifting. Extreme weather events, such as droughts and floods, are forcing many people to flee their homes. Meanwhile, in the face of…
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Swiss Failed Citizens on Climate, Human Rights Court Says

By Hugo Miller and Olivia Rudgard   04/09/24  
Switzerland failed to protect its citizens from the ravages of climate change, the European Court of Human Rights said in a landmark ruling likely to have ramifications across the continent. In a first-of-its-kind case, brought…
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Fed Blocks Tough Global Climate Rules for Wall Street Banks

By Alastair Marsh   04/03/24  
US regulators, led by the Federal Reserve, have thwarted a push to make climate risk a focus of global financial rules, according to people familiar with the matter. European central bankers have been advocating for…
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International Court Issues First-Ever Decision Enforcing the Right to a Healthy Environment – Inside Climate News

By Katie Surma   03/29/24  
The landmark ruling from the Inter-American Court of Human Rights will have far-reaching implications for communities affected by extreme pollution...
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Cancellation of UN climate weeks removes platform for worst-hit communities

By Dulce Marrumbe   03/28/24  
If the world’s most vulnerable are not at the table, then UN climate talks are no longer fit for purpose. This week, the UN climate change body (UNFCCC) confirmed that this year’s Regional Climate Weeks…
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The Worst Climate Disaster You Haven’t Heard Of Just Got More Deadly

By Alexander C. Kaufman   03/26/24  
In Mongolia, where nearly a third of the population still lives as nomadic herders, a winter so cold that livestock either freeze to death or starve as snow and ice make grazing impossible is called…
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This mega-city is running out of water. What will 22 million people do when the taps run dry?

By Patrick J. MCDonnell   03/21/24  
When Reina Cervantes Trejo heard the truck, gears grinding as it climbed the street to her house, she rushed outside. “Thanks to our good Lord!” she said. “The water has finally arrived!” Cervantes and her…
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Security and climate change drive a return to nuclear energy as over 30 nations sign summit pledge

By Raf Casert   03/21/24  
In the shadow of a massive monument glorifying nuclear power, over 30 nations from around the world pledged to use the controversial energy source to help achieve a climate-neutral globe while providing countries with an…
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‘Red alert’: last year was hottest on record by clear margin, says UN report

By Ajit Niranjan   03/19/24  
The world has never been closer to breaching the 1.5C (2.7F) global heating limit, even if only temporarily, the United Nations’ weather agency has warned. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) confirmed on Tuesday that 2023…
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The world’s 100 worst polluted cities are in Asia — and 83 of them are in just one country

By Helen Regan   03/19/24  
All but one of the 100 cities with the world’s worst air pollution last year were in Asia, according to a new report, with the climate crisis playing a pivotal role in bad air quality…
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One Thing Most Countries Have in Common: Unsafe Air

By Delger Erdenesanaa   03/19/24  
Only 10 countries and territories out of 134 achieved the World Health Organization’s standards for a pervasive form of air pollution last year, according to air quality data compiled by IQAir, a Swiss company.
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China’s Nuclear Energy Expansion Is Getting Even Faster

By Dan Murtaugh   03/15/24  
Countries trying to replicate China’s boom in renewable electricity might also want to take a page out of its nuclear power playbook. Beijing is able to approve as many as 10 new reactors a year,…
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Carmakers Are Still Sorting Out Europe’s EV Charging Issues

By Albertina Torsoli   03/14/24  
Automakers bringing new electric vehicles to market in Europe are virtually united in common gripes — not about consumer demand or government subsidies, but about issues with plugs. Ford Motor Co., for instance, is rolling…
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Mongolian winter ‘dzud’ kills 700,000 head of livestock

03/14/24  
Mongolia's harsh winter has killed more than 700,000 heads of livestock this year, the highest toll since 2011, according to the country's statistics bureau, with extreme weather freezing animals dead in their tracks. Mongolia is…
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Fossil fuel industry under pressure to cut record-high methane emissions

By Matteo Civillini   03/13/24  
Energy analysts have been singing the same tune ad nauseam: cutting climate-harming methane emissions from fossil fuels is one of the simplest and cheapest ways to slow the rate of global warming fast. But oil,…
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How a Swedish Heat Pump Startup Plans to Wean Europe Off Gas

By Olivia Rudgard   03/12/24  
Not many product launches start with a declaration of war. But for Aira, a heat pump manufacturer and installer created last year by Swedish private equity firm Vargas, the gloves are off. “The boiler is…
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The outgoing climate envoy on what the world has, and hasn’t, achieved

By David Wallace-Wells   03/06/24  
When former Secretary of State John Kerry stepped into a newly created post as America’s top climate diplomat in 2021, the reputation of the United States abroad was, in his words, “in the crapper,” and…
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Podesta pledges to build on Kerry’s push for international climate action

By Kelsey Tamborrino   03/06/24  
White House adviser John Podesta — who as of Wednesday is leading U.S. efforts on international climate action — told a D.C. crowd that he aims to build on the "momentum" his predecessor John Kerry…
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Goodbye to Biden’s First Climate Envoy

By Zoë Schlanger   03/04/24  
The smallest hint of frustration had crept into John Kerry’s voice. We were talking about international climate diplomacy, which for the past two years has been Kerry’s job as the U.S. special presidential envoy on…
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John Kerry Thinks We’re at a Critical Moment on Climate Change

By Bill McKibben   03/04/24  
We’re used to thinking of Joe Biden—first elected to the Senate in 1972—as the personification of a career public servant. But John Kerry can match him. Kerry, who was awarded three Purple Hearts, among other…
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China’s Electric Vehicles Are Going to Hit Detroit Like a Wrecking Ball

By Robinson Meyer   02/27/24  
It happened very quickly, so fast that you might not have noticed it. Over the past few months, America’s Big Three automakers — Ford, General Motors and Stellantis, the oddly named company that owns Dodge,…
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The Big Miss on Electric Cars Is Remaking Europe’s Auto Industry

By Albertina Torsoli and Others   02/20/24  
Volkswagen, Renault and Stellantis are thinking the unthinkable, exploring tie-ups with sworn competitors to make cheaper electric vehicles and fend off existential threats.
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Korea Sees Need for More Nuclear Power Plants to Hit Net Zero

By Heesu Lee   02/16/24  
South Korea will require more nuclear power plants to completely ditch coal and meet its climate targets, according to a state-controlled research institute. Atomic power would need to account for 40% to 45% of electricity…
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A Collapse of the Amazon Could Be Coming ‘Faster Than We Thought’

By Manuela Andreoni   02/14/24  
Up to half of the Amazon rainforest could transform into grasslands or weakened ecosystems in the coming decades, a new study found, as climate change, deforestation and severe droughts like the one the region is…
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Political changes can’t derail clean energy shift, IEA head says

By Hannah Northey   02/14/24  
The head of the world’s energy agency on Wednesday said a shift in U.S. leadership won’t hamper the global shift to cleaner energy.
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World surpasses key warming threshold across an entire year for the first time

By Sam Meredith   02/08/24  
Scientists on Thursday said the world surpassed a key warming threshold across an entire year for the first time on record, calling to slash planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions.
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The Fingerprints on Chile’s Fires and California Floods: El Niño and Warming

By Somini Sengupta   02/05/24  
Two far-flung corners of the world, known for their temperate climates, are being buffeted by deadly disasters. Wildfires have killed more than 120 people as they swept the forested hillsides of Chile, and record-breaking rains…
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John Podesta replaces Kerry as top US climate diplomat

By Joe Lo and Matteo Civillini   02/01/24  
US President Joe Biden has picked veteran Democratic official John Podesta as the US’s new top climate ambassador. He replaces John Kerry who stepped down last month to campaign for Biden’s presidential bid.
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A dry Panama Canal shows how climate change will scramble globalization

By The Editorial Board   01/25/24  
Global shipping companies excited by the potential new routes that climate change and melting ice are opening up around the North Pole have gotten walloped by some unexpected bad news. The Panama Canal might be…
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Devastating drought in Amazon result of climate crisis, study shows

By Damian Carrington   01/24/24  
Extreme weather threatens world’s biggest carbon store as the rainforest is already close to tipping pointThe climate crisis turned the drought that struck the Amazon rainforest in 2023 into a devastating event, a study has…
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Why the war in Ukraine is bad for climate science

By Rebecca Hersher   01/22/24  
Lack of data about conditions in the Russian Arctic is already hampering climate science, and will cause ever-growing gaps in our understanding of how climate change affects the fastest-warming region of the planet, scientists warn.
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Davos Elite See Trump Among Hurdles for Green Growth in 2024

By Akshat Rathi   01/19/24  
Expectations of more extreme-weather events, alongside the possibility of Donald Trump’s election as US president, set the tone for discussions on tackling climate change at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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Davos puts Climate on the Back Burner

By David Gelles   01/18/24  
Here at the World Economic Forum in Davos, the most revealing discussions often happen not on the main stage, but at the myriad side events that transform this Swiss ski town into a high-minded networking…
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End of an era: Who comes after Kerry?

By Sara Schonhardt   01/16/24  
John Kerry has been many things as America’s special presidential envoy for climate change. Now, at age 80, he plans to step down after three years as the nation’s top climate diplomat, a role he…
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Veteran US and Chinese climate envoys step down

By Joe Lo   01/15/24  
The veteran climate envoys from the world’s two biggest polluters have stepped down in the same week, creating uncertainty at the top of international climate talks.
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Scoop: John Kerry to leave Biden administration, help campaign

By Mike Allen and Andrew Freedman   01/13/24  
John Kerry, the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, will leave the administration later this winter, and plans to help President Biden's campaign, Axios has learned.
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2023 smashes record for world’s hottest year by huge margin

By Damian Carrington   01/09/24  
Rapid reduction in fossil fuel burning urgently needed to preserve liveable conditions, say scientists, as climate damage deepens2023 “smashed” the record for the hottest year by a huge margin, providing “dramatic testimony” of how much…
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Is climate change speeding up? Here’s what the science says.

By Chris Mooney and Shannon Osaka   12/26/23  
For the past several years, a small group of scientists has warned that sometime early this century, the rate of global warming — which has remained largely steady for decades — might accelerate. Temperatures could…
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Trudeau says he’s concerned about what a Trump win would mean for climate action

By Aaron Wherry   12/22/23  
Asked by the CBC's Rosemary Barton this week about the prospect of Donald Trump returning to the White House, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau initially fell back on the fact that every American administration (Trudeau has…
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