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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

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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KEY RESOURCES

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.

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

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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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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Disney rolls out major parking lot update in one of its parks: ‘We are pushing the boundaries’

By Rick Kazme   12/09/23  
Disneyland is in the middle of a massive suncatching project in the City of Light. Parking lot planners at the Paris location have started working on the last phase of a solar panel canopy that…
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U.S. Spending on Clean Energy and Tech Spurs Allies to Compete

By Ana Swanson and Others   12/07/23  
The United States has embarked on the biggest industrial policy push in generations, dangling tax breaks, grants and other financial incentives to attract new factories making solar panels, semiconductors and electric vehicles.
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China’s Remote Deserts Are Hiding an Energy Revolution

By Bloomberg News   11/27/23  
Out of the rolling yellow dunes of the Kubuqi desert arises what appears to be an oasis, shimmering blue beneath the northern China sky.
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Earth passed a feared global warming milestone Friday, at least briefly

By Scott Dance   11/19/23  
The planet marked an ominous milestone Friday: The first day global warmth crossed a threshold, if only briefly, that climate scientists have warned could have calamitous consequences. Preliminary data show global temperatures averaged more than…
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It’s So Hot

By Bill McKibben   11/19/23  
Yesterday, Nov. 18, 2023, the planet’s temperature went past the 2.0 degree Celsius barrier for the first time. It’s temporary—but it’s a terrible reminder that we’re now in the desperate end game for global warming.…
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One of the world’s largest floating solar panel farms spans over 45 football fields — and could be the key to energy production

By Rick Kazmer   11/16/23  
A giant solar panel flotilla in Singapore is proving its viability two years into operations.
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EU reaches deal to reduce highly polluting methane gas emissions from the energy sector

By Samuel Petrequin   11/15/23  
European Union negotiators reached a deal on Wednesday to reduce highly polluting methane gas emissions from the energy industry across the 27-nation bloc.
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Nations made bold climate pledges. They aren’t close to meeting them.

By Maxine Joselow   11/15/23  
Two years ago, scores of world leaders promised to take bold action to tackle global warming at a U.N. climate summit in Scotland, vowing to end deforestation over the next decade and slash emissions of…
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In a report card on global warming, nations get a very poor grade

By Somini Sengupta   11/14/23  
Despite the clear human and environmental toll of global warming, countries are taking only “baby steps” to rein in greenhouse gas emissions, a senior United Nations official said, summarizing a new U.N. report card on…
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Sunnylands Statement on Enhancing Cooperation to Address the Climate Crisis

11/14/23  
Recalling the meeting between President Xi Jinping and President Joseph R. Biden in Bali, Indonesia, the United States and China reaffirm their commitment to work jointly and together with other countries to address the climate…
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U.S. and China Agree to Displace Fossil Fuels by Ramping Up Renewables

By Lisa Friedman   11/14/23  
The United States and China, the world’s two largest climate polluters, have agreed to jointly tackle global warming by ramping up wind, solar and other renewable energy with the goal of displacing fossil fuels.
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Nations That Vowed to Halt Warming Are Expanding Fossil Fuels, Report Finds

By Hiroko Tabuchi   11/08/23  
In 2030, if current projections hold, the United States will drill for more oil and gas than at any point in its history. Russia and Saudi Arabia plan to do the same. They’re among the…
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Planned Fossil Fuel Production Vastly Exceeds the World’s Climate Goals, ‘Throwing Humanity’s Future Into Question’

By Nicholas Kusnetz   11/08/23  
Among the 20 top fossil fuel-producing countries, the U.S., Brazil and Saudi Arabia foresee significant increases in domestic oil production, while Russia, India and Indonesia all project substantial increases in coal. The world’s top fossil-fuel…
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Charted: Progress on 2030 Renewable Energy Targets by Country

By Selin Oğuz   11/07/23  
The International Energy Agency states that the global installed capacity of renewable energy must triple by 2030 to limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.
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The U.S. Can Counter China’s Control of Minerals for the Energy Transition

By James Morton Turner   11/06/23  
China recently rattled the world’s electric vehicle supply chains by announcing new export controls on graphite, a key component of lithium-ion batteries. If China uses the export controls, which take effect on Dec. 1, to…
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Nigeria Unplugs From Dirty Generators in Sudden Solar Gamble

By Yinka Ibukun   11/06/23  
Generators are everywhere in Lagos, used by almost everyone in the Nigerian megacity to counteract crippling power outages. Those living in upscale gated communities or working at big companies turn to massive, soundproof diesel generators…
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China Is Winning in Solar Power, but Its Coal Use Is Raising Alarms

By Keith Bradsher and Lisa Friedman   11/03/23  
China is installing about as many solar panels and wind turbines as the rest of the world combined, and is on track to meet its target for clean energy six years early. It is using…
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Rich Nations Cut Aid for Climate Shocks, Even as Risks Grew

By Christopher Flavelle   11/02/23  
Wealthy countries have decreased the amount of money they commit for helping developing countries cope with the effects of climate change, even as the need for that spending has grown, the United Nations said in…
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As climate disasters mount, the world isn’t spending nearly enough to adapt

By Maxine Joselow   11/02/23  
As climate change makes extreme weather events more intense and frequent, the world must spend hundreds of billions more a year — 10 to 18 times more than it currently spends — helping vulnerable people…
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Deadly Storm Ciarán Lashes U.K. and Western Europe With Strong Rain and Wind

By Cassandra Vinograd   11/02/23  
A storm that battered northwestern France overnight lashed Britain and much of Western Europe on Thursday with heavy rains and strong winds that left at least six people dead.
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Indonesia says 200,000 hectares of palm plantations to be made forests

By Bernadette Christina and Others   11/01/23  
Some 200,000 hectares (494,210 acres) of oil palm plantations found in areas designated as forests in Indonesia are expected to be returned to the state to be converted back into forests, a government official said…
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G-7 nations back strong supply chains for energy and food despite global tensions

By Yuri Kageyama   10/29/23  
Trade and economy officials from the Group of Seven wealthy democracies strengthened their pledge Sunday to work together to ensure smooth supply chains for essentials like energy and food despite global uncertainties.
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Analysis: Global CO2 emissions could peak as soon as 2023, IEA data reveals

By Simon Evans and Verner Viisainen   10/26/23  
Global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from energy use and industry could peak as soon as this year, according to Carbon Brief analysis of figures from the International Energy Agency (IEA). The IEA’s latest World Energy…
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China says it wants to bolster climate cooperation with US as California Gov. Newsom visits Beijing

By Huizhong Wu   10/26/23  
China’s Environment Minister Huang Runqiu said Thursday his country wants to strengthen cooperation with the United States to combat climate change, as he met in Beijing with California Gov. Gavin Newsom. Newsom is on a…
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How Hurricane Otis shocked forecasters in a “nightmare scenario”

By Andrew Freedman   10/25/23  
Hurricane Otis' extremely rapid intensification — so close to the Mexican coast — was one of the biggest, most high-stakes hurricane forecasting failures in years. The big picture: The storm's leap from a tropical storm…
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China Set to Release Long-Awaited Methane Plan Before COP28

By Bloomberg News   10/25/23  
The Chinese government is preparing to publish a roadmap to cut emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, before the COP28 summit that starts in November.
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Here Are 6 Tipping Points The UN Warns Could Soon Spell Disaster For Humanity—From Space Junk To Disappearing Water

By Robert Hart   10/25/23  
Humanity is moving “perilously close to the brink” of multiple environmental tipping points that could be disastrous to both people and the environment, United Nations researchers warned in a report published Wednesday, identifying six key…
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World shift to clean energy is unstoppable, IEA report says

By Esme Stallard   10/24/23  
The world is on an "unstoppable" shift towards renewable energy but the phase down of fossil fuels is not happening quickly enough, a new report says. The International Energy Agency, the global energy watchdog, predicted…
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‘It’s Like Our Country Exploded’: Canada’s Year of Fire

By David Wallace-Wells   10/24/23  
When the fires came to Yellowknife, the nearest safe-harbor city was more than 600 miles away, a full day’s drive through dense smoke and flammable, nearly uninhabited forest in the infernal midst of Canada’s worst…
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China’s new limit on battery metals could haunt the global EV boom

By Jael Holzman   10/23/23  
China will now limit how much battery metal it exports, potentially casting a cloud over the future of the globe's transition toward electric vehicles.
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Climate Science in Arctic ‘Broken’ as US and Europe Isolate Russia

By Danielle Bochove   10/19/23  
Irina Panyushkina is a dendrochronologist — a scientist who studies tree-ring dating to understand past environmental conditions — at the University of Arizona. In early 2022 she was planning to do summer fieldwork in Siberia,…
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‘A lot of anger’: U.S. faces flak as it pushes for World Bank to run climate fund

By Zack Colman   10/19/23  
The Biden administration’s proposal to put the World Bank in charge of a fund that would pay poorer countries suffering irreversible climate damage is threatening to rattle U.N. climate talks that begin next month in…
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Global insured disaster losses in 2023 to top $100B

By Andrew Freedman   10/19/23  
Global insured natural catastrophe losses in 2023 are expected to eclipse $100 billion for the sixth time since 2017, according to a new report from Gallagher Re, a reinsurance company.
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The Safer Oil Tanker: Diplomacy Averts Disaster

By Paige Peterson   10/18/23  
Last month, while the United Nations General Assembly was meeting in New York City, I attended some programming on the summit’s sidelines together with my colleagues from the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations. Among them…
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Urgent action to cut methane emissions from fossil fuel operations essential to achieve global climate targets

10/11/23  
Decisive, far-reaching efforts to cut methane emissions from fossil fuel production and use must go hand-in-hand with decarbonisation of our energy systems to limit global warming to 1.5 °C, according to a new report by…
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These are the places that could become ‘unlivable’ as the Earth warms

By Scott Dance   10/09/23  
Heat waves can already be deadly for the most vulnerable people — but in a warming world, temperatures and humidity will, for growing stretches of every year, surpass a threshold that even young and healthy…
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Rich countries promised poor nations billions for climate change. They aren’t paying.

By Timothy Puko   10/09/23  
After years of promises of new climate funding, the developing world is coming to grips with a disappointing reality: Money still isn’t coming through fast enough to address the mounting challenges of climate change. Promises…
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World’s largest wind turbine blows past previous record generating astounding amount of power amid typhoon

By Leo Collis   10/08/23  
While already in the record books for being the world’s largest, a wind turbine based off the coast of Fujian Province in China has achieved another incredible milestone. Set on the Zhangpu Liuao Phase 2…
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If You Want Our Countries to Address Climate Change, First Pause Our Debts

By William Ruto and Others   10/08/23  
When poor countries are forced to default on their foreign debt, as Ghana and Zambia have done, they pay a heavy price. Cut off from credit of any kind, spending on health, education and dealing…
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In Provence, Winemakers Confront Climate Change

By Patricia Cohen   10/07/23  
Frédéric Chaudière, a third-generation winemaker in the French village of Mormoiron, took a sip of white wine and set down his glass.
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A Calamitous Flood Shows the Dangers Lurking in Melting Glaciers

By Hari Kumar and Alex Travelli   10/06/23  
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, 17,000 feet up in the Himalayas just south of India’s border with China, some slight shift started an avalanche. Snow, ice and boulders slid into a giant glacial lake a…
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Trillions in G20 fossil fuel subsidies fuel profits and climate change

By Michael Barnard   10/04/23  
According to the International Monetary Fund, in 2022 direct subsidies for the fossil fuel industry rose to US$1.3 trillion. In previous years, the industry averaged profits of $1.5 trillion, but last year their global profits…
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Ireland Makes Rare Decision to Deny LNG Port for Climate Reasons

By Anna Shiryaevskaya and Jennifer Duggan   10/02/23  
Amid Europe’s angst over energy security, Ireland has made one of the boldest moves of any nation on the continent in the name of climate action: It rejected a new fossil fuel import facility.
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Most of the world’s wind is over deep water. Floating machines can harvest it.

By William Booth   09/26/23  
The Norwegian prime minister and the country’s crown prince were sweating like everyone else, zipped into their North Sea survival suits as they boarded the helicopters to take us out to see the future.
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The Global Impact of Antarctica’s Climate Crisis: A Test for Humanity

By Ricky Lanusse   09/25/23  
In a world where the consequences of global warming are everywhere, Antarctica, often considered remote, distant, and immutable, is now bearing witness to the undeniable threat of climate change. At alarming record lows of ice…
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Antarctica just hit a record low in sea ice — by a lot

By Kasha Patel   09/25/23  
Sea ice levels around Antarctica just registered a record low — and by a wide margin — as winter comes to a close, according to the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC). This significant…
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Canada’s unprecedented fire season burns into fall

By Ian Livingston   09/25/23  
An unprecedented fire season in Canada that began in May is set to roll into October still going strong. About 44 million acres (18 million hectares) have burned this year as 2023 continues its journey…
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As disasters spike, superpowers face mounting calls to forge climate deal

By Timothy Puko and Vanessa Montalbano   09/25/23  
Leaders of some of the world’s top climate institutions are ratcheting up pressure on the United States and China to forge an agreement on confronting global warming, fearing that the strained relations of these two…
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